“You have to choose the voice you are going to trust. You can’t listen to everyone.” – Alice Hoffman

My name is Michael S. Lambiotte. I have been asked by Andy Walker, the editor of The Clarksburg Post, to write a regular column for the site. I am very excited about this opportunity because I have been away from writing a newspaper column for a few years. You may remember my column in The Exponent Telegram a few years back – Life Through These Eyes. That being said, I would like to welcome you to “Michael’s World”. For now, my articles will appear twice a month, beginning this month.

In the past, I have prided myself in being a different type of columnist. A different type of writer. In the weeks and months to come, it is my hope you will take the time to read what this site has to offer. Read about our state. Our community. Your community. Accurate information and in-depth analysis are two keys to making wise decisions and understanding where we are from, where we are, and where we are going. You will find this and more in The Clarksburg Post.

In “Michael’s World”, you will not read commentaries on world, state, or local headlines. Although, I follow many national columnists and have a great appreciation for their work, I would rather not write about what the President is doing, not doing, or should do, the gloomy future within our coal industry and coal’s constant battle with the environmentalists, or what our County Commission is doing, not doing, or should do.

In “Michael’s World”,  you will not receive a constant diet of “doom & gloom”. However, there may appear an occasional story about our inability to cope with pitches thrown our way – fastball, curve, or sinker. Some we hit. Some we do not. That’s just life. But never a steady diet of the ugly side of life.

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In “Michael’s World”, I will not “preach”. Sermons should be reserved for Sunday or perhaps Saturday night. Parents usually do a fine job of preaching what their children should or should not do, even though they often ignored the same words of wisdom from their parents.

However, in “Michael’s World”, you will read stories about life, love, and friendships. I want us to drive the road of life together. Experience the many bends, stop signs, and side roads. Look forward to stories about love – how it hurts and how it heals. There will be stories about friendships – everlasting friends and friends who have broken their “vows”. If you do read a story about life’s disappointments, please remember, disappointments can actually make us stronger.

At times, I will share my vision for today and tomorrow. I will not be afraid of sharing my own failures and frailties, in hopes my sharing’s will allow you to think about your own.

In “Michael’s World”, you will read stories about our community, the people who are making a difference, and what makes them different from those who sit beside the road and watch the world fly by. You will read stories about the importance of education, growing as individuals and growing as a community. You will read stories about the importance of creating “me time” – a time for reflection and inner peace.

In “Michael’s World”, my goal is to write stories that will make you laugh. Laugh at yourself and laugh with those around you. Many of my stories may make you cry, or at least shed a tear. Yes, it is all right for “real men” to cry. And maybe, just maybe, you will see a bit of yourself in these stories. But most of all, I hope my stories will make you think and seek the truth. Rest assured, nothing I write will be for idle amusement. For every story, there will be a story within.

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I hope you will join me. Welcome to “Michael’s World” – the way I see it.

Until next time,