I recently heard that a certain percentage of survivors of the influenza epidemic of the early 1900s manifested Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for a handful of years after the dying stopped. The journalist in me wondered how modern Americans could determine an accurate percentage for something that happened a century ago -- particularly given that… Continue reading Is Post Pandemic Stress Syndrome a thing?
The first drafts of Harshman's work go into spiral notebooks. Marc Harshman -- West Virginia's poet laureate and a childrens book author -- also lives in Wheeling. Here is my newspaper feature about what it's like to lead a poet's life.
This is partly the fault of the engineers who laid out this neighborhood a century ago. They made the street jog a half block to the north right at the corner where our house sits. Hence, our front yard faces one street and the backyard faces another. Two front yards. Each with an address at… Continue reading My garden has a mullet
1780s anyone? Lots and lots of layers, but so pretty. "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery." Jane Austen If you're a fan of Downtown Abbey or anything Jane Austen, you'll probably like my recent newspaper piece about a young historian who is such a skilled seamstress she can whip up a dress from… Continue reading A stitch in time
This is not something intentional. I bought them for my youngest daughter, who plays tennis and who's been freezing during matches because it's still April. Photo by Maksim Goncharenok on Pexels.com When she put them on, the broad band that is indicative of this style of clothing flapped and gapped over her flat tum. "You… Continue reading I have a pair of yoga pants