Entries Categorized as 'Culture'

Can W.Va. Learn from Scottish Independence Movement?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on September 17, 2014

In the Eighteenth Century numerous Scots sailed from the Old World and emigrated toward the promise of a life with new opportunities. Many of them settled throughout the native lands of what is now West Virginia.
Remnants of this ancestry endure throughout the state. Bridgeport hosts a Scottish Festival annually, the town of Glasgow replicates the namesake of Scotland’s largest city, and West Virginia University has adopted a form [...]

You Make a Better West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2014

Most everyone wants to see improvements: better communities, education, jobs, etc. But who is responsible for moving the needle in a positive direction?
It’s easy to wait for others to take on the tasks at hand. They need to do this, they need to do that.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” This [...]

Why Stay in West Virginia?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on May 23, 2014

A relatively small percentage of West Virginians say they would like to move away, while some states across the nation, like Maryland and New Jersey, are much more likely to see people leave, according to a recent Gallup poll.
With this in mind, West Virginia Public Broadcasting decided to question what factors influence people to maintain [...]

Honoring West Virginia’s History Through Exploration

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2012

West Virginia has an intriguing history, and on today’s 149th anniversary of statehood, learning more about the Mountain State’s past might be one of the best ways to honor it, particularly as next year’s sesquicentennial milestone approaches.
Doing so helps us gain insight into how our ancestors lived, the struggles they faced, their positive experiences, and [...]

Today, Let’s Think About West Virginia’s Tomorrow

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2011

West Virginia is unique, in both wonderful and disappointing ways. Various aspects of our culture are endearing. Some of our cities and towns have much to offer. Many of our schools and professionals are notable. Much of our natural world is captivating.
But today, on the 148th anniversary of the state’s founding, perhaps we should truly [...]

Standing Up for Sportsmanship in West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 15, 2011

Athletics provide a favorite pastime for many West Virginians. Whether participating or spectating, sports offer us an outlet to break from everyday demands and enjoy the excitement of competition.
Parallels are often drawn between life and the games we play. To be successful requires preparation, dedication, teamwork, perseverance and execution. However, a key element within this [...]

‘Essays on a West Virginia Childhood’ Enters New Phase

Date Written by Jason Keeling on February 22, 2011

Last year blogger Elizabeth Gaucher originated an online writing project that encouraged others to connect by recounting their childhoods. She believes reflecting on and articulating childhood experiences can help the individual writer and reader to interpret life more clearly.
When she first conceived the idea, here were a few of her initial thoughts:
“When you Google “West [...]