BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: A Binge and a Spree

I have lived in two universes; they overlap or maybe coincide. It's a paradoxical thing I don’t understand and don’t try. The first was a straight line sort of thing — a loving family, schools, university, Mili...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: The Flicks

I was fortunate to attend a noon talk at our library recently, about the old movie theaters in West Virginia. It brought back so many memories of when I was a kid in the 1930s and ’40s when going to a movie on ...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: On Being Irish

I am Irish, I guess, because I don’t know what else to be. I am half German, but being German never came easy to me. We are a melancholy lot; I am. That is why we sing and laugh so much, because we are so ve...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: Building Good Neighbors

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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...

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 ...