First Christmas Card

December 16, 2004 What has been called "America's first Christmas card" was chiseled into stone on a recessed portion of a cliff in what is now Wyoming County, W.Va.

Christmas Revelations

December 15, 2004 She was mad. Actually, that is probably an understatement. Biblically speaking, she was mad as hell. I don't recall which came first, her tears or anger. But right after I laughed - she lost it.

Unforgettable experience

December 14, 2004 And I thought singing "Dancing Queen" karaoke-style during an interview was bold.

Ship full of memories

December 13, 2004 There she was, majestically perched in the murky water. I had never seen anything so big; I was in awe.


December 13, 2004 Small-town memory Soon Van-Atkins store will become a memory. I don't live in the area now, but when I visit the family in Rosie I stop by and shop at the store occasionally.

Prevent fires with common sense

December 9, 2004 It's not even cold weather yet (although it's time for it to be), and already the heart-breaking stories are coming in.