One Month At A Time

TBT: Losing my Mom

This particular column has been on my mind for over a week, mostly because it documents my recollections about the passing of my mother.

I don’t know that a day passes that I don’t think about Mom and don’t feel the horrible regret that inevitably follows my memories of a year ago.


All it seems to be doing lately is raining.

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Wednesday Weigh-In

Blogging again has taken a backseat to other duties, but I hope to have a couple more posts before the weekend.

Meanwhile, here’s where my general fitness stands.

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Wednesday Weigh-In (um, Thursday?)

Once again, it’s time to check in and see how Bill is doing with his diet, exercise, blood pressure and training.

This week is kind of disappointing (and late. Sorry, just extra busy)

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The CrossFit Open

When I first started CrossFit WV at the end of December, several people brought up something called the CrossFit Open.

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I’ve been really proud of how I’ve handled pie month.

The logic of beginning the year committing to fitness and losing weight and then one month later taking on baking pastries was, admittedly, flawed at best.

Beginner’s luck blueberry pie.

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Odds and ends

While things seem to be moving well with my fitness goals, weight loss and pie baking, I can’t say that I’m getting very far with my other, lesser New Year’s Resolutions.

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TBT: Valentine’s Day 2018

Today’s throwback takes me back to what I was doing on Valentine’s Day, last year.

It was a pretty good time –and the lesson here? Make the effort, even if they say, “Oh, no, no, no,” particularly if they say, “Oh, no, no, no.”

Make a fuss. Buy the flowers. Get the chocolates. Be cliched and sappy and silly –and don’t complain about any of it.


Finally, after a month of loitering at Young Floral Company trying to learn something about the flower business, it was Valentine’s Day and time for me to hit the streets delivering flowers.

The best moment came early, around 9:30 in the morning, while I was on Capitol Street in Charleston.

It was a fairly miserable February morning. A cold rain fell steadily. Everything felt gray.


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Wednesday Weigh-In

Once again, it’s time to check in and see how Bill is doing with his diet, exercise, blood pressure and training.

Even with near daily exposure to pie, things are still going pretty well.

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Adventures in Pie Making: Peanut Pie

As soon as I read the description about the Peanut Pie in “United States of Pie” by Adrienne Kane, I knew I had to make it.

Lots of great recipes and nothing that includes fish.

The pie is made with Virginia Diner peanuts.

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TBT: Spring Hill Cemetery

This one goes back to October of 2017. I was invited to come hang out at Spring Hill Cemetery. Interesting thing: I began posting on social media pictures of me wandering around the cemetery before I published the first article, which concerned some people, who took it to mean I was depressed.

I don’t recall being particularly down during that month. It was a good experience. I learned a lot about Charleston and even got a chance to do a little acting.

Here is one of the installments, mostly about dowsing rods.



Because it’s the Halloween season, people have asked whether I’ve seen anything strange at Spring Hill Cemetery Park — if I’ve seen a ghost.

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