Old friends reunite over “Star Trek” fan films

This story was originally published in the Charleston Daily Mail on July 17, 2014. Dale Morton was 43 years old when his childhood fantasy came true. He walked through the red turbolift doors and found himself standing on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. The…

Local artist does desktop publishing, 19th century style

This story was originally published in the Charleston Daily Mail on July 10, 2014. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kayleigh Phillips is happy to live in the past. Her East End apartment is decorated with vintage furniture and lamps and a wooden cuckoo clock. Her old, metal…

If You Build It, They Will Play

This article originally appeared on NPR Music on July 14, 2021. In 2014 Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter better known as Iron & Wine, was looking for an unconventional way to promote an unconventional new record. Archive Series Volume No. 1 is a collection of cassette demos Beam…

A Whole Different World

This story was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. The rocky spine of Seneca Rocks. The Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park. The gleaming Capitol dome set against a kelly green mountainside. The New River Gorge Bridge, as…

No Stone Unturned

This story originally appeared on the October 2017 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. Not much remains of the ancient stone walls on Mount Carbon except some piles of rock and lots of questions. This is a mystery story, but not the kind with private detectives…

Blue, but not the Bayou

This story was originally published in the February 2018 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. On June 14, 2017, smartphones around the world buzzed with the arrival of a new video from the Brave Wilderness YouTube channel. The 10-minute documentary carried a clickprovoking title: “NEW SPECIES…

Romancing the Stone

This story was originally published in the March 2019 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. In early February 1839, subscribers of the Cincinnati Chronicle opened their newspapers to find a 4,000-word article about some strange happenings in Moundsville, Virginia. Two archaeologists were in the process of…

A Ruffed Way to Go

This story was originally published in the January 2018 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. Perhaps you’ve heard it—you’re walking through the woods, when a bass note suddenly breaks through the forest chatter. Whoop. The sound might not register at first but, in an instant, it…