West Virginia, My Home

When I first moved to West Virginia, I didn’t understand the strange sense of pride the people here seemed to hold for their state. I came from the West, where everything is spread further apart, and...

A Very Special Christmas Remembered

Leaving Harrisonburg, Virginia after attending a three-day meeting, rather than go to Lynchburg where I had been working, I decided I would drive home to Alabama to spend two days with my wife. The last year...

The Possibility of Progress

  The flyover states.  The states that lie between New York and California. They feel ignored. They are misunderstood by the “coastal elites”. They just decided who the next president will...

Beauty Beyond the Leaves

Busting through fallen leaves early a few brisk mornings ago had me thinking. Born and raised in West Virginia I’ve heard the jokes, stereotypes, and assumptions that seem to cling to the native roots...

Soon As I Could: Call Me Crazy

I feel great about living in Elkins and West Virginia—most of the time.Sometimes, though, it can feel like there is a conspiracy to get us to doubt ourselves—to make us feel like we must be crazy for...

Rich Mountain’s Guiding Light

There’s no doubt that Rich Mountain is full of history, but few may know that atop sits a steel structure about 60’ high that was once an airway beacon for pilots. In the 1920’s and 1930’s radio...

West Virginia: A Poem

Your river veins, your heart of coal Seneca’s body, Spruce’s soul A quiet perfection–to some, unknown It is you, my God, my home Quivering dewdrop tracing stem Shaded eaves for root and...

Top Five: Forest Festival Eats

The Mountain State Forest Festival  in Elkins is just three weeks away - time to make your plans! Here's a review of last year's festival eats from Elkinite.com: When I agreed to taste test the...

A Man and the Forest

By: Steve Novotney Originally published on Vandaleer site: Elkinite.com He, of course, owns a truck, and it’s got a camper top on the back. He owns a dog, too; he’s an outside canine; the...