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April 17, 2010

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Holey words

“The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.” ~ Molly Ivins

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April 17, 2010

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A Little Night Music

Head to the Alban Arts Center at 65 Olde Main St., in St. Albans at 7:30 tonight to hear the 1937 Flood, with Jim Snyder and myself as opening acts.

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April 16, 2010

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On Lost Miners

Do take a look at these faces in the memorial slideshow. As events unfold in the weeks and months ahead, they should be the touchstone as we talk about what needs fixing and who needs to go.

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April 12, 2010

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Tina Fey, Hooray

While watching Rachel Maddow’s report tonight on the nuclear summit breakthrough today in D.C., with Ukraine agreeing to eliminate its nuclear stockpiles, it is hard – no, it’s impossible – to imagine someone with the playground brainpower of Sarah Palin managing to pull off something as internationally important as this. It is good to have […]

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April 12, 2010

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Flood’s Coming

I got invited to play a trio of songs this Saturday, April 17, as an opener for one of West Virginia’s funnest groups, The 1937 Flood, starting 7:30 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center on Main Street in St. Albans, W.Va. This is one genuinely eclectic string band with a wicked and strange sense of humor.

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April 12, 2010

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Go Long

“The great French Marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshall replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!”

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April 11, 2010

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Dalai Lama in Ohio

H.H. the Dalai Lama will visit Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from Oct. 20-22, 2010 to meet with students and give a public address. There are details on the visit here. but it looks like more specific ones will not be announced until Fall.

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April 11, 2010

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Do Not Kill Unless

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~ Voltaire

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April 11, 2010

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Becoming a Birdman

I finally figured out what I am going to do when I retire. Here’s my mentor, the Birdman of Lisbon, Portugal — Claudio Montuori. (Thanks, Marco.)

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April 8, 2010

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Big Coal update

With the news today by the Associated Press of citations issued at the Upper Big Branch mine the very day of the explosion that killed 25 men on Monday, and that some miners were so worried about safety they contacted their Congressmen, the following editorial is ever more pertinent. As the AP story notes: “Trouble […]

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