John Tyler’s House and Modern Memory

Today’s topic is… John Tyler’s House. Or alternatively, memory and history. ‘Cause they’re all kind of jumbled together for me right now. I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cradle of Presidents, the Old Dominion, Britain’s first colony (if you don’t count...

Iconoclasm 101

Feels a little strange, doesn’t it? Statues coming down all over America. Remember how we cheered when Iraqis pulled down every Saddam? Or a decade earlier how we huzzahed with democratic vindication as Stalin and Brezhnev and Lenin were consigned to the statuary...

Long Hot Summer Days

It’s hot. And humid. I mean feels-like-walking-through-boiled-molasses hot summer. Not just here in Virginia, according to Weather Underground, but the entirety of the Perspired States of America.  It’s just turned July. Yikes. Let us give thanks to all deities and...

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