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Philip Maramba: There are building blocks of good advice in a pop song
Philip Maramba: There are building blocks of good advice in a pop song

Pop music, charged as it is with angst and longing and desire, isn’t usually the go-to place for parenting advice.

Then there’s the work of the late, great Harry Chapin, one of a handful of terrific storytelling singer-songwriters...

Sam Speciale: Weight loss journey starts with simple math
Sam Speciale: Weight loss journey starts with simple math

By now, I’m used to the questions.

“Have you lost weight?”

Yes. Yes, I have.

“How’d you do it?”

Well, I eat less and exercise more.

“Does that mean you’re on a diet?...

My first 100: Hitting the trail in W.Va.’s state parks
My first 100: Hitting the trail in W.Va.’s state parks

I recently completed my first 100 miles hiking in West Virginia’s state parks and forests — a feat that took much longer than I expected.

Now that’s nothing compared to the multitude of experienced hikers in this state, but...

My Turn: My lifelong friend and her brave fight with cancer
My Turn: My lifelong friend and her brave fight with cancer

My friend Phyllis always considered me a sister.

We played together as kids, hung out as teenagers and shared successes as well as losses throughout our lives.

One thing she tried not to share was the pain she endured during her battle...

My Turn: Charleston is still worthy of city pride
My Turn: Charleston is still worthy of city pride

When I asked my dad, a Charleston-lifer, which Charleston he liked better — the one he knew growing up or the Charleston it is now — I was surprised by his answer: “Oh, definitely Charleston now.”

Don’t get me...

Philip Maramba: The fade to white tells a hairy history
Philip Maramba: The fade to white tells a hairy history

Whether or not we care to admit it, most of us probably have complicated relationships with our hair. And, as with all things that grow, that relationship keeps changing.

Thanks to the cruelty of genetics, I’m now past the age when I can...

Kevin Cade: Birding skills evolve out of curiosity
Kevin Cade: Birding skills evolve out of curiosity

It was 15 years ago this month that I began to think of myself as a bird-watcher. It didn’t happen instantly. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but never paid real close attention to the birds.

The transformation began when I bought my...

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