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A VIEW FROM THE MOON: An Introduction

Years ago, nearly 46 to be more exact, I was a freshman in high school. I was 14 1/2 years old, it was a Saturday morning, dawn was shining on the still sleepy city of Richmond, (East) Va., and I was heading to...

Bill Hogan’s Musings: ‘Regal’ Jimmy

“James Samuel Simon, 82, of Wheeling, died Sunday Oct. 7, 2018.” … so the short obituary starts, with mention of his high school and military service. Really not much to report on his 82 years. I knew Jim...

Art and Technology Converge at Stifel

A crumpled water heater. Footage of a train that looks like it’s been put through a shredder and reassembled. Halting images being projected onto a disc of celluloid film. Metal formed into an image of the fact...

A Love Letter to the Oglebay Train Room

They say nothing lasts forever, and everything changes. You hear it your whole life. And there are many things you wait with mild to severe anxiety to change — from the small, everyday things to the bigger life...

Aromatherapy: Olfaction and the Opioid Crisis

“Smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack.”  — Rudyard Kipling Few would argue that a whiff of fresh coffee or of an orange being peeled evokes swift reactions and emotions....

PHYLosophy: Memories … A Matter of Record

Flashback: It was late summer 1977 when I snagged that cool job at National Record Mart's brand-new store in downtown Wheeling. (It was something to do during my one-year hiatus between colleges.) Previousl...

Roberts Ruminations: Intruder Alert

When Shawn woke me up the other night at 1 a.m., I’d been in the middle of a dream about a raspberry cheesecake. One moment I was reaching for a fork, and the next, a jittery man stood over me. “Laura!” “...

Park Drive-In Movies Bring Back Memories

As I sat in my car for the weekly drive-in movie at Wheeling Park, I found myself recollecting memories from my childhood. The nostalgia and uniqueness of the movie experience reminded me of the trips I took in...

And the Winning Haiku Are …

It was no easy task for West Virginia's Poet Laureate Marc Harshman to pick the winners for Weelunk's inaugural haiku contest. And not only did Harshman choose the winners, but he offered commentary as to wh...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: Pappy’s Gold Pan

In April, my grandson Tommy turned 10, so I wanted to give him a present that was meaningful to me and hopefully to him. I gave him the circular, metal pan with the sloping sides that I had used to try my luck ...

Winning Entries: Kids Write About Bravery, Dreams

The Ohio Valley Writers held its inaugural writing contest this spring. They were pleased to choose adult and elementary school winners in poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. Here, we present the winners...

Welcome to the first installment of our new series. WEEasked some simple questions — and your neighbors, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, maybe some strangers, answered. Get to know them a little bit better ...

Growing Generations Delivers Family Dreams

Growing Generations. That’s what they do. They make families. They turn siblings into aunts and uncles. They create grandparents. They help HIV-positive men become fathers, with their own sperm. They allow g...

AN ESSAY FOR THE DAY: To Eat a Talking Pea

“If peas can talk, should we eat them?” asked a very deep New York Times “think piece” a few years back. To which more than a few people might retort: “Yes, but only after you drown them in hot butter!” M...

Chef Shares Recipes for Succcess

Chef Chris Kefauver won’t fib. He makes visits to local middle and high schools in order to recruit students to the Culinary Arts Program he chairs at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling camp...

WEELUNK in a Nutshell

We want you, our readers, to know a little more about Weelunk, its vision and its place in the Ohio Valley and beyond. Lately, you may have noticed a few new writers, stories posted with more regularity and ...

Roberts Ruminates: Beans and Weenies

I didn’t drink coffee until my first child was born. For 27 years of my life, I got by on ante-meridiem pep alone. But when the kid came along, as you can imagine, a steaming cup of artificial energy became an ...

Enter Weelunk’s Haiku Contest

Try your hand at writing a haiku inspired by Wheeling’s waterfront, and one winner will join West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, for lunch! A haiku is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three phra...

Roberts Ruminates: Ode to This Road

The National Road runs like an artery right through our community. It wasn’t originally meant to come through Wheeling, though. It began in Cumberland, Md., and ultimately ended in Vandalia, Ill., but thanks to...
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