At the end of winter we scramble through creating fun things to do in order to endure the harsh temperatures, dreary sunless days and overall lack of things to do just to get by. Though I started getting better at being present during each day, I found myself waiting for the end to come, knowing celebratory relief was near. To me, that relief is the warmth of the sun and all the events that flood in and around this time of year. But nothing says it's here, better than the ripest, sweetest strawberries the market could ever feature.

Preliminary figures compiled by the Division of Natural Resources show that hunters bagged 11,210 gobblers during the season that ended May 11. That total fell about 1,000 birds shy of the previous year's total, but DNR biologists said a fall-off was to be expected.

With this long weekend offering extra time to do a 'project' one might consider starting a hillside landscaping venture. Prior to tackling this job there are a few 'heads up' strategies that might make the results more conducive to what you have envisioned.

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I'm a country girl to the marrow of my bones. If you know me, or have met me, no doubt you noticed that my tongue is country, too. My twang doesn't sound exactly like Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner's Daughter, but you would know by listening that we could be related. (FYI: I'm proud to be a coal miner's grand-daughter!)

We've tripped the sunlight fantastic, and summer is on the way.

It's the three-day Memorial Day Weekend, and we've got enough time this weekend for it all.

The American holiday observed Monday, May 27, is dedicated to men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally referred to Decoration Day, Memorial Day began after the Civil War years and becoming an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Books of the Jeremiah and Lamentations are two of the hardest books to read in the Bible. They were both written by the Prophet of God, Jeremiah. Jeremiah has earned the nickname "The Weeping Prophet" because he spoke prophetic words regarding the impending judgment that was coming toward the Jewish people for their wicked and unrepentant lifestyles.

"Scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming?'" 2 Peter 3:3-7. It's been almost 2,000 years since Jesus was crucified, resurrected and ascended to the right of hand of his Father in Heaven. And one of the promises he left for his followers is that he will one day return in great power and glory. Yet we are still waiting for that day. It's easy to look around at all the evil, disappointment and heartbreak in the world and wonder why he chooses to delay his coming. Or worse yet, we can start to think that he will never return.

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CUMBERLAND, Ohio - Head to The Wilds and experience an adventure unlike any other. The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, opened on May 1 with an array of activities perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

Plant based foods are my new thing. It's a good thing, of course, since it's a healthy choice of food. I do my best not to discriminate any food category but vegetables might be my favorite. Artichokes are a special kind of fun. For one, this green softball look-a-like vegetable gets a bad rap with their tough skins and overall bulky, pointed leaves. They remind me of a succulent plant. But they need not be considered intimidating. You'll see when I tell you just how easy this recipe is. After a long history of steaming this vegetable, I decided roasting is my overall preferred method of cooking vegetables and I shouldn't treat this one any different.

I was in the newsroom of the Logan Banner one day reminiscing during the late 1970s when I served as sports editor of the Banner. It had been a few years since I had left Huntington, West Virginia, where I had been a student at Marshall University and an employee in that city at Gino's Pizza Parlor and Pub on 5th Avenue. I suppose on this particular day, I was thinking about my days at the Pub on what was a lazy afternoon on Stratton Street.

The impact of commercial weed killers on our environment is a topic for many heated discussions. Some people are full into not using them and some think it's time to become more natural in our treatment of the dreaded greens. If it is beginning to be one of your concerns, there are several organic strategies that offer some success in controlling the invasion of weeds in our gardens.

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LOGAN - A mother. A bride. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget.

The Aracoma Story Inc. is going to whisk you away to an island in Greece this summer for the ultimate feel-good musical.

LOGAN - "He was very honest. He treated my as well as if I had been a son." Those are just some of the things that Logan County Prosecuting Attorney John Bennett had to say about longtime Logan lawyer Edward I. Eiland, who died Sunday at his home in Middleburg at the age of 99.

Webster defines the word knowledge first as "the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association." The second definition Webster has to offer regarding knowledge is "the sum of what is known: the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind."

"Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered," Heb. 5:8.

The testimony of the Bible is that Jesus Christ the Son of God at a certain point in history took on a body and lived as a man just like us. For 33 years he lived a perfect sinless life and as a result he became an acceptable sacrifice for all of our sins. No longer do we need to go to the Temple year after year and offer up sacrifices. The weakness of that system was that animals could never really take our sins away. But because Jesus has lived like us his death is able to forgive us all our sins - past, present, and future.

Oh, it is on. We are midway through May and with the sun doing its thing, we are moving the parties into the Great Outdoors.

I remember when I first heard the premise of "The Big Bang Theory." The lives of two geeks are turned upside down when an attractive young woman moves in next door? What kind of show is that, I remember thinking. But it was from Chuck Lorre, who created "Two and a Half Men," so I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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HUNTINGTON - It was simply fantasy in 1962 when Rosie the Robot puttered around the Jetsons' home. It was a novelty in 2002 when the first Roombas began roaming the floors, and was a curious, touch-free Swiss Army knife of information in 2011 when Siri moved into everyone's iPhone.

How fitting that it was right before Mother's Day.

We had our graduation recognition last Sunday. Kindergartners, eighth graders, and high school seniors were celebrated for their accomplishments. There were college graduates, too! Each one smiled in a bit of embarrassment at the attention, we clapped and they received a gift from our church. It was SHOCKING that they had all grown up! I found myself wiping tears that they were so old.

It's Mother's Day weekend, and here in West Virginia (the birthplace of Mother's Day), we know how to celebrate whether your mama likes it mild or wild.

"Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?' " Genesis 3:1.

One of the reasons for our sinfulness and rebellion against God's commands is because in the moment in which we decide to sin there is a great battle going on in our heart and mind about what's best for us.

It was a whirlwind, that last weekend of April 1979. First there was the prom.

The juniors had raised money and were tasked with transforming the gym into a magical place. Where Dreams Become Reality was our theme. Guys and girls entered through an airplane facade to visit New York, Paris, China and some other places no one ever realistically thought we would see.

It's amazing to me the amount of history that exists in Logan County, particularly in the town/city of Logan where another landmark has recently given up in its 102-year-old fight to remain erect in welcoming those persons who visit Logan via the Water Street Bridge; a bridge that was dedicated to a former Logan World War II pilot, who also was a coal mine operator and well-known politician - Bill Abraham.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s going to the drive-in movie with the family was common entertainment. Mom would pop a big bag of corn and make some Kool-Aid while Dad loaded lawn chairs and blankets in the car. Once there, the family could watch the movie from the car or sit on lawn chairs in front of their station wagons while the little ones chased lightening bugs. Those times are gone but not forgotten - today they are being re-invented in the back yard.

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on "Replicas," which is rated PG-13 and available on DVD.

"Replicas" is a science-fiction fiction film that poses some ethical questions for scientist William Foster (Keanu Reeves), who must face some difficult decisions.

One of the biggest secrets hidden away in the framework of Christian churches is the fact that yes, even Christians, grow weary. It is dressed up with phrases like "feeling low," "feeling down," "in a rut" or "the blues." No matter the phrase, the medical term could be some form of emotional ailment.

"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise," Deuteronomy 6:7.

James Patterson, the worldwide bestselling author of more than 140 books ranging from children's literature to mystery and nonfiction, will headline this year's West Virginia Book Festival, which will be held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Oct. 4 and 5.

Cinco de Mayo Spanish for May 5 is celebrated more in the United States than Mexico, especially in the Mexican-American populations. The occasion is remembered with parades, parties, mariachi music, folk dancing and traditional foods observing Mexican culture and heritage.

May is charging out of the gates with a Kentucky Derby number of good times to be had - and some great weather, to boot. Here's a look at all of the good times to be had indoors and out.

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Home is where the heart is, regardless of our age.

But seniors have additional concerns about their housing, including personal safety, costs and living independently.