A Man and the Forest

He, of course, owns a truck, and it’s got a camper top on the back. He owns a dog, too; he’s an outside canine; the pup’s name is ‘Banks,” and he roams and runs yet is sure to listen to his best...

Downtown Mural Continues to Shine

Drive down Third Street in Elkins and you’ll see it, big and bright and full of optimism, sitting on the side of the old Talbott Glass Building. The sunny mural has greeted downtown Elkins visitors for...

West Virginia, My Home

When I first moved to West Virginia, I didn’t understand the strange sense of pride the people here seemed to hold for their state. I came from the West, where everything is spread further apart, and people...

Interview + Review: The Placid Green

New Writer In Town There is a new author in town writing under the penname of Joseph Lane. The author Joseph Lane Shipp, is a native of Randolph County, who moved away to work in the Washington, D.C. area....

Soon As I Could

First things first: I wasn’t born in West Virginia. Upon learning this fact, more than one person who was born in West Virginia has recommended that I add “but I got here as soon as I could.” That...

West Virginia Women in History: Mother Jones

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones was a prominent activist and community organizer who helped shape the United States labor movement during the turn of the 20th century. Her influence reached deep into West...

Community Pride: How I Bring Tourists to Town

Growing up in Elkins, I can still remember the desolate Railyard with the boarded up and dilapidated train depot. It always seemed sad to me that such a great part of our town’s history was sitting there in...

From Coalton to Rome

The students in Davis & Elkins College Art Department are planning on traveling to Italy, Spain, and France over spring break. Pretty typical for college kids, right? However, this trip has a special...

Beauty Beyond the Leaves

Busting through fallen leaves early a few brisk mornings ago had me thinking. Born and raised in West Virginia I’ve heard the jokes, stereotypes, and assumptions that seem to cling to the native roots here....