cultural icons

Carefully Taught

In 1949, when South Pacific debuted on Broadway, few extolled its messages concerning systemic racial prejudice as portrayed by American military service personnel. That portrayal was not limited to the military but intended to reflect a more commonly held view… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

FAKED DOCS FAIL TO SPRING INMATE A scheme designed to spring a Loudoun County inmate from jail failed. A man who was being held on shoplifting charges in Loudoun and two other Virginia counties, as well as two probation violations,… Read More ›

The Fawning of America

At the same time that the news media has conflated entertainment and news, the dynamic has elevated the opinions and statuses of the celebrity class – TV, Hollywood, athletes, royalty, courtiers – to an exalted level with the implicit assertion… Read More ›

Nations Within a Nation

History and civics as presented in our schools may have exposed us to some reliable material regarding the indigenous peoples living on the continent without offering a a great deal of detail or context. For the most part, it seems… Read More ›

The Replacements

1 To some, the term “replacements” will evoke a smile recollecting the 2000 motion picture comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman about a group of misfits recruited to play professional football. However, there are advocates of a sociopolitical replacement… Read More ›

Democraphobia Redux

1 The Founding Fathers feared direct democracy as “mob rule” and crafted safety valves into the Constitution to ensure that rabble-led political forces did not consume the new central government or its state constituents. Notably, the electoral college process and… Read More ›


To a few, the term “cheesecake” evokes portrayal of women in suggestive poses and clothing emphasizing sexuality. The media has not covered the effects of COVID upon the availability of this genre of cheesecake but has been waxing prodigiously about… Read More ›

Colonial Chocolate and Slavery

As the nation struggles with repeated assaults from waves of viruses, pressure to resume some type of normalcy increases, particularly as the holiday season approaches. At the same time, reminders of our cultural heritage persist in competing for attention. Published… Read More ›