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Morgantown to San Francisco

An excerpt from my new book Morgantown to San Francisco, available on Amazon.com. While running for the West Virginia House of Representatives in 1952, Robert Byrd said that he was no longer a member of the Klan. As a West Virginia … Continue reading

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Open For Business

An excerpt from my soon to be published memoir, Morgantown to San Francisco.  Open for Business It is so crazy, blowing up the mountains in the mountain state. Governor Joe Manchin changed the state motto appearing on billboards welcoming visitors … Continue reading

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Jesuit Slave Trade

An excerpt from Morgantown to San Francisco, my book in progress: As foreign student advisor [at WVU] I became involved in the Regional Council on International Education.  At one of our University of Pittsburgh meetings, we were addressed by a … Continue reading

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Small World

An excerpt from my work in progress memoir, Morgantown to San Francisco After the Peace Corps, when I was just getting started at WVU as Foreign Student Advisor, I learned that John Maxwell was teaching history. We had met as … Continue reading

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An Excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons, a book I am working on: ….my experience calls into question some of the fairly blatant generalizations you made back in 1994. Shortly into your observations about humans in the Appalachian Mountains, you grab … Continue reading

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Names for sale

An excerpt from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on. I despair at the commercialism that causes ball parks and bowl games to be named for whatever company puts up the money.  Poor Watt Powell.[1] It’s getting as bad … Continue reading

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Homeplace under siege

An excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons: Essays and Short Stories, a book I am writing Our home place is now under siege by a blight on the land. Bull Creek is empty of people, hardwood trees, ginseng, yellow root, and most … Continue reading

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