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Blue Vervain, Verbena hastata, occurs broadly in piedmont and mountain areas of Virginia and in a few counties in the coastal plain. Growing 2-6 feet tall, clusters of many pencil-like spikes of small 5-petaled flowers grow at the ends of the branches. ...
Tags: Surry (Surry, Virginia)
Cotton Mather, Kon Tiki (Star Apple Kingdom label) Gosh, was I amazed to read that Cotton Mather had amassed enough cash (through online donations) to reissue its 1997 album Kontiki. This is one of those CDs that I cherished because I thought if I lost...
In a sermon some years ago, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University's longtime spiritual leader, offered a precise, if unconventional, definition of hell. He said hell is "being defined by your circumstances, and believing that definition." Gomes,...
Editor's note: My last blog post cited one reason -- guarding a brand -- that many Christians have objected to Harold Camping's prediction that the world will end on May 21. Jerry Newcombe offers several others in this essay. Newcombe is the host and...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesIt's autumn in New England The days are getting shorter. Wood piles are stacked high. Geese are flying south, and Indian corn is hanging from the door. People in new L.L. Bean flannels stop their cars in the middle of the road snapping pictures or...
Tags: Travel, Bodies of Water, Cornwall, National Government, Rivers
Gore Vidal the novelist's best character is Gore Vidal the essayist. Beside him even Myra Breckenridge seems a pale creation, and this great fat book, chronicling 40 years of the essayist's adventures, is like a lively picaresque novel in reverse. Its...
Tags: George W. Bush, John Barth, Gore Vidal, Values, England
Tribune NewspapersNo serious writer in America works with a lighter touch than Robert Olen Butler. That sure hand, guided by a potent creative intelligence, saves books like "Tabloid Dreams" (1996), inspired by supermarket weekly headlines, from mere whimsy. Butler...
Religion News ServiceA dozen heads bow as Derek Baars prays that God will bless their day at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. ``Holy Father, as we gather for prayer, we thank thee so much for the opportunity to come to thee,'' prays Baars, a blind student from...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday November 22, 1996 Robert Byington's "Shameless," also known as "Sin Verguenza," is a rightly disturbing and venturesome first film of more interest for what it portends for Byington than for what it accomplishes--although that in itself is...
Tags: Entertainment, Movies
The image of Santa Claus is one of the most familiar in the world. For as long as anyone can remember, the jolly, elderly, fat, bearded man in a red suit trimmed with fur has been the symbol of the nation's most popular holiday. But like many things, the...
The Hartford CourantThe Grinch would have come up empty- handed in Colonial Connecticut. There would have been no presents under the tree, let alone a tree to steal. Christmas was viewed by the Puritans of New England as a corrupt religious, if not a pagan, ritual and was...
Tags: Charles Dickens, Anglicanism, Plymouth, History, Christmas
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