Ideas

The Decline of Community

Editor's Note: We believe that our community should be honest, open-minded and willing to engage in a civil dialogue about the issues facing our community, both present and future. The IDEAS page is our place f...

To All the Halloween Babies Like Me

At 6:01 a.m. on Oct. 31, 1973, little old me came screechin’ and bawlin’ into this world. Yes, I am a Halloween baby and that fact — one of the only sure things I know — has shaped my life in interesting ways. ...

ESSAY FOR THE DAY: Seed Rewards

The number of white envelopes stored on a dining room hutch shelf has reached crammed proportions. And whatever the word for the level above crammed is, those shelves soon will be the poster host for it. Ins...

Safety Is the Issue for Building Levy

Whatever voters decide come Nov. 6 on $22 million of potential new and upgraded digs for city fire and police departments, one thing is indisputable. Facilities to be potentially replaced — launched in the 1950...

A VIEW FROM THE MOON: An Introduction

Years ago, nearly 46 to be more exact, I was a freshman in high school. I was 14 1/2 years old, it was a Saturday morning, dawn was shining on the still sleepy city of Richmond, (East) Va., and I was heading to...

Bill Hogan’s Musings: ‘Regal’ Jimmy

“James Samuel Simon, 82, of Wheeling, died Sunday Oct. 7, 2018.” … so the short obituary starts, with mention of his high school and military service. Really not much to report on his 82 years. I knew Jim...

Art and Technology Converge at Stifel

A crumpled water heater. Footage of a train that looks like it’s been put through a shredder and reassembled. Halting images being projected onto a disc of celluloid film. Metal formed into an image of the fact...

A Love Letter to the Oglebay Train Room

They say nothing lasts forever, and everything changes. You hear it your whole life. And there are many things you wait with mild to severe anxiety to change — from the small, everyday things to the bigger life...

Aromatherapy: Olfaction and the Opioid Crisis

“Smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack.”  — Rudyard Kipling Few would argue that a whiff of fresh coffee or of an orange being peeled evokes swift reactions and emotions....

PHYLosophy: Memories … A Matter of Record

Flashback: It was late summer 1977 when I snagged that cool job at National Record Mart's brand-new store in downtown Wheeling. (It was something to do during my one-year hiatus between colleges.) Previousl...

Roberts Ruminations: Intruder Alert

When Shawn woke me up the other night at 1 a.m., I’d been in the middle of a dream about a raspberry cheesecake. One moment I was reaching for a fork, and the next, a jittery man stood over me. “Laura!” “...

Park Drive-In Movies Bring Back Memories

As I sat in my car for the weekly drive-in movie at Wheeling Park, I found myself recollecting memories from my childhood. The nostalgia and uniqueness of the movie experience reminded me of the trips I took in...

And the Winning Haiku Are …

It was no easy task for West Virginia's Poet Laureate Marc Harshman to pick the winners for Weelunk's inaugural haiku contest. And not only did Harshman choose the winners, but he offered commentary as to wh...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: Pappy’s Gold Pan

In April, my grandson Tommy turned 10, so I wanted to give him a present that was meaningful to me and hopefully to him. I gave him the circular, metal pan with the sloping sides that I had used to try my luck ...

Winning Entries: Kids Write About Bravery, Dreams

The Ohio Valley Writers held its inaugural writing contest this spring. They were pleased to choose adult and elementary school winners in poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. Here, we present the winners...

Welcome to the first installment of our new series. WEEasked some simple questions — and your neighbors, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, maybe some strangers, answered. Get to know them a little bit better ...

Growing Generations Delivers Family Dreams

Growing Generations. That’s what they do. They make families. They turn siblings into aunts and uncles. They create grandparents. They help HIV-positive men become fathers, with their own sperm. They allow g...
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