West Virginia, Almost Heaven

BECKLEY— West Virginia is a unique place.  Writing here at AmericanMissive.com, I like to think I bring a unique perspective to things.  A lot of this is because of my background and part of this background is where I was born, raised, and now make my home – deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia.

What is so unique about West Virginia? In the words of a New York sports writer for Yahoo the following:

You come from a place like West Virginia and you’re always being told what you can’t do. It’s too rural, too poor, too, well, too just West Virginian. If you’re going to succeed you have to leave, go off to somewhere bigger and fancier. It’s how it’s worked for generations. The possibilities are limited at home, limitless away. So off they go – many of the best and brightest seeking success elsewhere even as they carry their home state pride with them forever.

It’s not coal that is West Virginia’s greatest export. It’s people. Continue reading “West Virginia, Almost Heaven”

Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!”

ATLANTA— I have atlantabraves.com plugged into my blackberry.  Whenever I get out on the internet, I start by opening up that website and checking in on news surrounding the Braves.

For weeks now, I’ve been reading headlines about Tom Glavine’s recovery.  Tom Glavine feels better after throwing in the outfield (April 28). Tom Glavine pitches 3 simulated innings, ready to begin his rehab (May 19). Tom pitches 5 scoreless innings in Gwinnett, close to returning to the Braves (May 28).  Tom pitches 6 scoreless innings in Rome, final start before joining the big league team (June 2).  Continue reading “Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!””

Did Abraham Lincoln Say That?

We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood…It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
Who Said This? Continue reading “Did Abraham Lincoln Say That?”