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Wish Upon A Star

We are all to some degree a reflection of the nurturing environment that surrounds us, adopting views, ideas, even mannerisms of family, friends, public figures. Politicians occasionally portray some excesses in this regard, paraphrasing, sometimes plagiarizing, material from heroic figures…. Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

WISCONSIN The pandemic about the 2020 election results infecting politicos in some states has not reached the proportions or depths of COVID. However, as the pandemic that has consumed over 700,000 lives is deadly to humans, the election fraud virus… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

UNSILENT SOUNDS UNWELCOME A family in Virginia Beach has been terrorized for months by the actions of an obnoxious neighbor–with slurs, monkey noises, even strobe lights–and the police say they can do nothing to stop it. The woman says the… Read More ›

Redistricting Commission Imploding

Republicans Reject Compromise and Democrats Walk Out Editors’ Note: Reposted from Virginia Mercury, October 8, 2021. Sadly, redistricting in the Commonwealth fell prey to the Virginia Way. Critics of the original legislation will crow; a hopeful citizenry will sigh with… Read More ›

Crossing the Bar

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) poetically addressed the common emotion surrounding death in his famous poem Crossing the Bar, stating “may there be no moaning of the bar” at the transcendence from life to the beyond. In America, there are bars… Read More ›

Attitude and Metatude

Generally, attitude is taken to mean a settled way of thinking or outlook. Scientific inquiry requires an attitude that embodies elements of careful judgment, open-mindedness, critical mindedness, and curiosity to limit personal bias in the inquiry. On occasion, attitude may… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LEESBURG RESIDENTS MARCH TO SAVE MOBILE HOME SITE A group from Leesburg Mobile Home Park residents marched down Market Street in Leesburg last month to ask for help as the land under their homes is being sold for millions. Residents… Read More ›

Long Distance Running

By Frank Blechman I have never been a long-distance runner, although I have a lot of friends who have taken up the sport. I have watched long-distance foot races at many different distances and levels. Before, during, and after, the… Read More ›

Virginia’s “Forgotten 14”

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The Washington Post, September 17, 2021.  As a bitter debate concerning critical race theory absorbs many, historical insights shed light on the nation’s blurred vision regarding race – another kind of lost cause.  Monuments to these… Read More ›