Happy Trails to Oglebay

Right now, people are walking in Oglebay Park. Some walk with dogs, some run through the woods. Some walk with a cane or motor along in an electric power-chair. Parents push strollers, and kids run ahead, aroun...

Lupus: Cruel and Hard to Diagnose

In this series, we’ll talk to locals who struggle with autoimmune disease and share their stories. Below, Ohio Valley residents Ashley Suder and Allison Stoner open up about their experiences with lupus. Wha...

Roberts Ruminates: Disorderly Conduct

I enjoy getting the mail. There’s always some hope when I go to the front porch each day. Maybe a paycheck has come, maybe a package from Amazon on which I’ve already blown said forthcoming paycheck. Maybe, at ...

One Tank Trips: Cathedral State Park

Just down the road from Deep Creek Lake, Md., sits one of my favorite West Virginia day trips, Cathedral State Park. It’s another spot I’ve recently discovered. As we traveled to and from Canaan Valley and Blac...

In this series, we’ll talk to Ohio Valley residents who struggle with autoimmune problems and share their stories. Series author Laura Jackson Roberts opens up about living with Sjögren’s Syndrome in this inaug...

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!” “...

Hop On Over to Zoo Brew

For one night each June at the Oglebay Good Zoo, the kids go home. The strollers roll away, the little red wagons head out, and the calls for popcorn and train rides fade into the evening sunset. After regular ...

Discovering Reiki: a Path to Healing

My hands have been tingling on and off for three days. They tingle as I write. At times the sensations move down to my feet or through my arms. Three days ago, I would have Googled the symptoms, diagnosed mysel...

The Autoimmune Sisterhood

Autoimmune disease is on the rise in our country. In decades past, the term “autoimmune” wasn’t widely known, but today, 50 million Americans live with an autoimmune disease. That number is climbing, and women ...

Roberts Ruminates: Beans and Weenies

I didn’t drink coffee until my first child was born. For 27 years of my life, I got by on ante-meridiem pep alone. But when the kid came along, as you can imagine, a steaming cup of artificial energy became an ...

Roberts Ruminates: Ode to This Road

The National Road runs like an artery right through our community. It wasn’t originally meant to come through Wheeling, though. It began in Cumberland, Md., and ultimately ended in Vandalia, Ill., but thanks to...

Ashley Is the Cat’s Meow

Charlie crawled through the frigid rain, one step at a time. His bones ached; his backside throbbed. He hadn’t eaten in days, and he could barely make it up the porch stairs. The world around him felt enormous ...

Let’s Talk About Renewable Energy

Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs for the community. My kids attend camp. I've gone fungi-hunting and owl-calling. My husband and I constructed rain b...

Valley Views & Varmints: Tiny Lights

Summer brings out the bugs. Nasty skeeters, biblical plagues of cicadas, and that cricket that lived in my car for nine days one year and almost chirped me into the nuthouse. As a culture, we spend hundreds of ...

Ramps: Feasting on the King of Stink

It’s spring in West Virginia again. That’s a good thing, because the temperature allows me to write this outside. The grass is a soft, green carpet beneath my feet. Mason bees buzz around my stone foundation an...