• Accompanying your mother as she prepares to leave

    She had the greenest of thumbs, a bright intellect and always dreamed of being the kind of writer that Toni Morrison, a contemporary, became. What to do when your mother — in the late stages of Alzheimer's — is moving mutely toward her departure from this life.

  • The night the house came crashing down around me

    A portrait of the artist as a skinny kid attempting the impossible task of fixing the most important relationship in his life up to that point. While standing there in his pajama bottoms and t-shirt as the house began to shake.

  • Rounding up a father’s life in bits and pieces

    Fathers can be mysterious guys, especially if they were members of the Greatest Generation who didn't talk about things like their ships being torpedoed in the Atlantic and whose go-to form of anger was volcanic utterance. But in the bits and pieces of a father's life, I find the man he was.

  • You didn’t go one-on-one with the One-Armed Bandit

    The life of a journalist is filled with mundane daily tasks. Get the calendar edited. Rewrite a press release. Track down a source who isn’t returning e-mails. Then, you get to talk to Gary Mays. The West Virginia native, had his left arm shot off at age 5. What happened next was the stuff of legend and lore, complicated by the racism that likely defused a pro sports career.

  • Documenting the opioid crisis in numbers and film

    The numbers of deaths, shattered families and communities are grim when it comes to the opioid crisis. But what happens next? In her Netflix documentary, "Recovery Boys," Oscar-nominated documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon takes a look at the attempt by four young West Virginians to kick opioids by working on a farm in the West Virginia hills.

  • The Curious Case of the West Virginia Mystery Paintings

    There is this old farmhouse in the heart of West Virginia. No one lives there anymore, but why is the door locked? That's because there is an artistic and mysterious surprise upstairs on the second floor. And, wait... what's that you say about a Dalton Gang connection to the work inside?