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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS – LIFE LESSONS: HYPERCRITICAL PEOPLE. BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

I came up with a list of career opportunities for people with unique skill-sets. Everyone has a gift, what’s yours? I’ll gladly provide references, if you need. If you stir up crap, be a plumber. If you create drama, be an actor. If you judge people, be a critic. If you backstab, be an acupuncturist. […]

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MERRY HUMBUG BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock

After witnessing a holiday meltdown of meanness at Kmart when a register crashed, then fighting maddening traffic and crowds in a quest to find the perfect present to not destroy a little boy’s Christmas, and having repeated requests for suggestions go unanswered, I made my way to the ultimate holiday hell-spot, Wal-Mart. That’s where I […]

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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS: SOMEONE WONDERFUL. BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

It really is a wonderful life. How wonderful depends on your character. Are you Clarence? Do you aspire to earn your wings helping others soar? Perhaps, you’re George Bailey. A downtrodden optimist with a bruised butt from boot kicks. Possibly, you’re Mr. Potter, paralyzed by personal pain incapable of caring. Clarence left the cushy comforts […]

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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS: LIFE LESSONS – GOLIATH. BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

I agree with Jennifer Lawrence. What planet do we live on where Joan Rivers is qualified to criticize the appearance of anyone… or anything for that matter? We live in a world where innocence is prosecuted. Usually by folks reeking of rightness. Mistreating others in entertainment. The Fashion Police is the lowliest form of law […]

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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS: LIFE LESSONS – BLESSED BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

Wisdom From the Woods: Life Lessons Learned From Being Blessed. Autumn’s age has vexed my gaze and seasons lost now lure me. Surrounded by frozen forests, brisk breezes make stiffened limbs flinch and break. Naked trees carry unbearable burdens of abandoned beauty before me. Faded and forlorn arms outstretched grasping for warmth beg an embrace. […]

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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS: LIFE LESSONS – LOVED BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

It’s not that I wasn’t loved. I simply lacked proof. Being born was easy. Staying alive was the chore. Learning to inhale life without hyperventilating has been an ongoing labor. My childhood is a blur of anger. Mostly because my parents tried to nurture nastiness in me. Fortunately, they were grossly incompetent in that respect. […]

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Wisdom From The Woods: Life Lessons Learned from being around a Seductress

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

Wisdom from the Woods… Life lessons learned from being around a seductress. I’m seduced by the seasons of West Virginia. Between the innocence of spring, sizzle of summer and sparkle of winter is the brazen spectacle of fall. The love of my life gets dolled up in scintillating shades of crimson, ginger and platinum streaked […]

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DISCOVER THE DAZZLING DANCE OF LIGHT & COLOR AT VIRTU BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Art, Blog, Jim Shock

Photo by Jim Shock Virtu is a unique boutique at The Art Colony Shops located in the Alabama Row at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Celebrating its 4th season, Virtu features works of glass and designer jewelry by husband and wife co-owners Alex Brand and Susan Chapman Thomas. Susan, a native from Bluefield, met […]

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WISDOM FROM THE WOODS: LIFE LESSONS – FAMILY BY JIM SHOCK

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

Family is why we leave… why we stay… and why we come back. In an election year, there is occasional debate about the term family values. I don’t know what that expression means from a political standpoint. I do, however, know what it means to me as a West Virginian. In spite of having no […]

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Wisdom From the Woods: Life Lessons Learned From Being Around My Beloved Twin Brother by Jim Shock

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Jim Shock, Wisdom from the Woods

(Pictured: Jim Shock & JP) As summer fades into autumn’s blaze, lush greens blush from the sun’s kiss. The air is light as ether now. My mind drifts in and out of consciousness. Consumed with thoughts real and imagined of what was, wasn’t and might yet be. Now I bid a bittersweet adieu to one […]

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EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS AT APPALACHIA FLAVOR FESTIVAL W/ HASHTAG LEWISBURG CITY PAPER THIS NOVEMBER!

Empire Strikes Brass at Appalachia Flavor Festival w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper this November! - Empire Strikes Brass w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper this November! They perform at  Appalachia Flavor Festival on Saturday, November 16th, 6p-12am at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds. Smooth Ambler Spirits and Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company are excited to present this event, which is a fundraising event to showcase the hard work and pride that our local craftsmen […]

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