Dr. J.W. Stokes – Hinton, West Virginia’s Country Doctor

    Image from Hinton, WV Gallery   One of the most endearing memories many of us older folks have is that of the country doctor. They were so much a part of Americana! Many of Norman Rockwell’s paintings captured the essence of this wonderful person. Dr. J.W. Stokes was the hometown country doctor of Hinton, West Virginia, and whole Summers County. He delivered me and four of my...
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Bob Hammond – A worthy Example

 Bob Hammond – A worthy Example      Bob had been a friend for years. When I first heard the news that he had suddenly passed away, I felt a little numb, even disbelief, and checked several sources to confirm. Only a few days before I had talked with Bob when he brought in the donuts for the Sunday School classes, a little kindness that he had done for years at our Church.  That was the...
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The Revised SAT Test

The Revised SAT Test      The SAT is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States. It seems that ‘The College Board’ has plans to overhaul this college entrance exam and make it better align with what children should learn in the classroom.  According to The Associated Press, it is supposed to be more grounded in the real world. The problem with this is that the...
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Cursive Writing – Think Twice Before Taking It Away!

       Do you ever think that times are moving and changing a little too fast?  Do you love modern air-conditioning, but at the same time relish the memory of a slow moving fan and a pitcher of iced lemonade on the front porch, with neighbors stopping by for a visit?  Oh, we have certainly progressed, and few of us would want to go back, but still, we are losing too many things of...
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Loving America Street

How a group of young people from Charleston, S.C. have an answer for America’s Inner-City problems        Here in Charleston, South Carolina, on the east side of the city, we have a street named ‘America Street’.  Although they may go by different street names, most every city in America has an ‘America’ street. They are in that part of town where inner-city problems exist, i.e.,...
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Coping With the Loss of a Pet

                 Just Remember We shall always remember      Those summer days gone by, When ‘neath the trees, on soft green grass,     We watched the clouds float by— And by our side, our kitten played,      Smacking at a bumblebee, Or chasing a butterfly across the yard,      Or a bird from nearby tree. We shall always have those memories,      And she will...
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