THE JUNE ISSUE COVER CONTEST WINNER
Janet Cowger with “The Lane.”
The Value of Two-Lane Livin’ – While Two-Lane Livinâ€™ magazine is free, each page is bursting with value. If you skip a page, or a column, you may be missing out on some valuable information…
One-Lane Livin’ – Rear Wheel Drive – There was a time when some folks lived on what was known as dirt roads. These roads were not called secondary roads or off roads. They were dirt roads. The roads where more civilized folks lived were called hard roads….
Telling Tales About The Family – When I was growing up, my family shared stories on the front porch, after a fish fry in the back yard, or during the quiet time around the dining table after the dinner…
Positive Points - 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Farmer’s Market
Twin Falls State Park -Â Twin Falls State Park is located near Beckley, in the southern part of the state. It’s more mountainous than our north central Mountain Lakes region…
The Dreaded Roof Leak - How about a quick refresher course on RV roof leak repair and where to look for problems?
Tithonia & Tomatillo - Tithonia and tomatillo — two not-well-known plants which share easy-to-grow characteristics, but not much else except excellent reasons to make room for them in your yard and garden (and they both begin with the letter ‘t’).
Nutrition & Arthritis – European medical doctors and alternative docs in the U.S. are getting much results and actually reverse joint damage in many cases with nutrition-based therapy…
It’s Okay To Fail – Who knows what really brings that failure feeling on sometimes? It can be a real event, in real time or it could well be the ghost of feelings long submerged.
The Edible Paw Paw - Pawpaw flowers from February thru May and fruits ripen June thru August. The fruit is edible but the seeds are toxic.
Comparing Health Care – May’s column dealt with the frustration of dealing with unfathomable delays in medical testing and treatment for patients requiring more immediate attention. Readers were invited to comment…
Always At Home – 100 Things Your Kids Can Do This Summer
Through the Seasons -Â The Quiet Sport
Things New and Old - Many Men on Many Wires
Waste Not, Want Not – Outdoor Uses for Baking Soda
Mom’s Recipe of The Month – Mom’s Wilted Lettuce
This Month’s Featured Articles Include:
From The Passenger Seat – New, for this spring issue, weâ€™ve created a page for our readers. “From the Passenger Seat” premiers on page 23, and will include comments, letters, essays and photos sent in — by you. …
A Mushroom Named Bob – For whatever reason, the Mushroom Gods just don’t think we need to have a mess of fresh Molly Moochers, no matter how hard we try. We did have one close call this season, though….
Victory Gardens Back in Vogue – I gather from reading the national news media that victory gardens are in vogue this summer. A victory garden is a World War II (1941-45) term…
Split Dogs and Skunk Funerals – Tall tales, usually called lies in West Virginia, are part of our storytelling heritage…
The Edible Cattail - The cattail is one of the most important and common wild foods, with a variety of uses at different times of the year. Whatever you call it, a stand of cattails is as close as you’ll get to finding a wild supermarket.
Working Your Compost Heap - Within a few days of building the heap, on a cool morning you may see vapor or steam rising from it. That’s the moment you shout, “Aha! It’s working!”
Do I Need X-Rays? – The notion that everyone needs an x-ray may be a good business plan, but in my opinion x-rays are not necessary in every case.
Pickens Maple Syrup Festival -Â Pickens is, by anyone’s account, a very small town. But each year, the Maple Syrup Festival draws people from around West Virginia and neighboring states. This year’s festival was the 25th celebration of the making of maple syrup in this former logging town. …
How Long Do We Wait? – Have we become so complacent that we’ve handed over our personal responsibility for our own health and well-being?
Always At Home – There are many people in history who have changed childrenâ€™s lives for the better: from heroes to teachers, writers to mentors and politicians to parents.
Finding Time -Â often wonder why some people seem to have at their disposal, all of the time in the world…
Things New and Old - Sam, The Jihadist
Waste Not, Want Not – The Price of a Tomato
Mom’s Recipe of The Month – Mom’s Easy Corn Bake
THE MARCH ISSUE COVER CONTEST WINNER
Â is Joshua Stough of Millstone with “Spring Blossom.â€
See more of his work HERE.
A Minute Saved is A Project Completed – These days,Â stores even have “penny catchers” on their counters, where folks can leave their pennies if they donâ€™t want them, and others who donâ€™t have a penny can take one if they need one…
Duct Tape Therapy – After living here a couple of years, I’ve come to realize this: to survive in the country, you have to have common sense, a good attitude, physical ability, the right tools – and most importantly, a whole bunch of duct tape….
Time To Cut Firewood – I don’t know about you, but I like to have all of my firewood for next winter in the shed by April 1…
Auction Fever – Spring really begins the last Saturday in March for Jackson County. That’s the date for the annual Ravenswood FFA Farm Equipment Auction at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Cottageville, WV…..
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex -Â The best known of the early mound-builders are the Adena people of the central Ohio valley (800 BC to 100AD)…
Write On The Radio - Eddie Stubbs can rattle off facts and history (without notes) as good as anyone alive.
Ode to Compost - Compost – a luxury every gardener can afford, a necessity passionate gardeners won’t grow without…
New Endeavors – We travel the same roads, hunt and fish the same spots and camp in the same areas year after year, because of the comfort factor…
Spinal Disk Issues – There are three basic types of disk problems…
In Search of Phthalate-Free – Americans’ bodies are virtual stewpots of industrial chemicals…
Always At Home – Is it possible to love your child too much? Absolutely not!
Waste Not, Want Not – Household Uses for Salt
Scratches, Dents & Dings - Apples to Apples
Mom’s Recipe of The Month – Kathy’s Bean Dip
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Visit http://www.twolanelivin.com to see the contents of this month’s issue, featuring:
What Love Is — And Isn’t – Flower shops and card counters enjoy a nice boost all in the name of love. But have you ever wondered what love isâ€¦.exactly?…
Oh, Those Seed Catalogs – They arrive with the holidays, bearing covers as bright as the most garish Christmas wrapping paper. The seed catalogs incite as much anticipation as any holiday gift….
The Therapy of a Snow Day – There are folks who love living in the mountains because of the four distinct seasons, including the wet, muddy winters….
Dear Mr. President – Undoubtedly the quality of care in our country is unsurpassed in certain areas such as infectious disease control, emergency treatment and many forms of surgery. So why are we so inept at dealing with chronic, degenerative ailments? Please consider my humble opinion….
Searching for Signs of Spring - February taunts green-thumbed folks, granting an occasional glimpse of spring delights ahead, with a few hours or maybe even a whole day of blue sky, tolerable temperatures and that fantastic, mushroomy, earthy smell of the soil slowly coming alive again.
Making the Most of What You’ve Got – Read this issue with a pen in your hand. Circle or underline points you want to remember or find easily later on….
Featured Artists of 2008 - I am so admiring of the wonderful arts and crafts I’ve had the pleasure of seeing over the past year at festivals and fairs throughout the state….
What Holiday Is It? December was the month of Valentines, right? Because, as I’m sure you saw, early November in the mall was already Christmas
American Kestrel – The American kestrel is the smallest North American falcon.
Preparation – Now is the time to prepare for upcoming spring activities. Things will go a lot smoother if you have done your preseason work.
What’s Your body Product’s Hazard Rating? – The hazard rating of a product can be higher than for its individual ingredients – it adds up the hazards of all ingredients, and is scaled higher if the product has penetration enhancers or other ingredients that increase skin absorption.
The What To Expect Series – This book was a Godsend. Not only did it answer a lot of my questions, it helped me know what was normal, what needed attention, not to worry about the changes in me and the baby….
1979 - 1979 was a good year for many folks; allow me to introduce you to three different incidents or stories happening in 1979, exactly 30 years ago.
Starbucks Is Not Enough - How Starbucks Saved My Life is the true story of Michael Gates Gill.
Hobbies – I have a hobby that doesnâ€™t cost a lot of money, is fun, and I do it all year round. It is called “feeding the birds.”
Dear Ronda Sue – A Confused Friend & Concerned Children
Mom’s Recipe of The Month – Mom’s Baby Pizzas
New Year’s Eves of Yore – Back in the 40′s and 50′s there was absolutely no concern about terrorists, foreign or domestic. We all felt safe within the confines of the lower forty eight…
Memories For Sale – It was an estate sale, with boxes of old dishes, fabric scraps, and Christmas decorations piled on tables. Most items had no price tags…
Save Seeds for Food Security - A full 75% of the global vegetable seed market is controlled by a handful of corporations.
January Thaw Trout – Take advantage of winter trout stockings. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources is very good about getting selected waters filled with trout, soon after the New Year begins.
Today’s Crafts: Yesterday’s Survival Skills - As far back as I can remember, my family ‘made things’ – but not to sell at crafts fairs. They made quilts to keep us warm on cold winter nights…
How Chemical Safe is Your Skin Care? – Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? Do you know what your skin does for you?
The Best Parenting Advice – Spare the rod and spoil the child is not a command. It is a warning…
God’s New Year’s Wish For You - With such promises, how could 2009 be anything but glorious?
The Barn Owl – The Barn Owl is one of the most wide-spread of all land birds.
Bagging The Big Buck – After driving for years and years without incident – not even a flat tire or a traffic ticket to my name – I had a “head on” collision. A big deer hit his head on the front grill of my truck traveling about 50 miles per hour…
The Spine Affects the Organs – Think of your brain and spinal cord as your main computer. This is where most of your body functions are at least partly controlled…
It IS That Simple – For something to be truly wonderful, or brilliant, or amazing, or affective, we – as humans – seem to think it thus, must be complicated…
Natural Oils Save Your Skin & Your Money – These oils will do the same job at a fraction of the cost of commercial brands and you know what you are using on your skin.
Time for Books & Stories - Winter is here and for homeschoolers, snow days aren’t a problem! This is a good time of year to curl up with a good book.
How Spoiled Are You? - As a kid I remember the television show, The Jetsons, and watching nearly every detail of their existence being electronically maneuvered and thinking, “Oh my, wouldnâ€™t that be the life.”
Dear Ronda Sue – Not My Brother & Not A Gated Community
Mom’s Recipe of The Month – Cherries in the Snow