Trauma-tic

My right hand shakes sometimes. It’s a nervous tic I’ve had for 15 years now. It happens when I am very afraid – mostly when I’m near someone who is visibly angry; who is raising his/her voice; shouting expletives; or behaving in a manner that seems physically menacing. If I am in a situation that I believe will lead to… Read more →

PSC should not drop general investigation of water crisis response

Days after crude MCHM leaked into the Elk River, 150 people gathered in the hallway of the Roosevelt Community Center, spurred into action by the lack of good information they were getting from government agencies. People complained of adverse affects as a result of flushing their homes — hot water first — at the direction of West Virginia American Water… Read more →

COMMUNITY NEEDS WELL-FUNDED PUBLIC LIBRARY AS VITAL COMPONENT OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

When I was a little girl, my mom used to take me to a magical place called the Lane Road Library. It’s a small library housed in a red-brick building with crisp white columns flanking the front door and a bay window that looks out onto a tree-lined walkway. My favorite part of every visit to that library was sitting… Read more →

BORING YOUR CHILDREN; OR, TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT POLITICS

“Obama spends four billion dollars a day!” My oldest child spoke these words to me accusingly and waited on my reply.  Certainly his mother who had taken to saying things like “I’m not made of money” would be outraged at the President’s profligate spending.  How could she be supporting a politician of such extravagance?  He looked at me as if I’d been… Read more →

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DID WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND RECKLESS

My son’s in middle school and I’m scared to death.  Overall, the group of people I fear the most is teenagers.  Well, teenagers and young adult men.  And mean middle-aged women.  And, crabby old people.  I guess I’m afraid of just about everyone in one way or another.  But, still, I’m ranking teenagers at the TOP of the list.  I mean,… Read more →