Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

The Poky Dot

Restaurant: The Poky Dot Address: 1111 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 What We Ate: Chicken Wrap, Jalepeño Burger, Doughnut Specialty Shake If you’ve logged on to Facebook for even 30 seconds over the last several months, you’ve more than likely been pulled into the time-sucking trap of colossal food videos featuring creations like Black Tap’s $15 milkshakes piled high […]

One Year Later…

Inspiration has always struck me at the most inopportune times. I have piles of notebooks filled with half-finished stories and nonsensical elementary school ramblings jotted down in the dark as I tried to clear my mind before falling asleep, and my high school swim coach once bought me a waterproof notepad so I could spend my […]

Free Hugs

On a chilly Thursday afternoon following my final class of the day, I shoved my hands in my coat pockets and began my usual speed walking routine, eager to dump my backpack on my bedroom floor and trade in my jeans for a pair of sweatpants. I had reached the end of a week-long marathon of […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

Five years ago, convinced that I would spend my entire summer replacing brain cells with chlorinated water and not otherwise engaging in productive activities, my grandma thrust an Amherst Public Library calendar in my hands and insisted that I find an event or two to attend. I glanced down at the list of caricature drawing classes, […]