The ‘Little Gem’ of Fairfax County, Virginia — John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

By the Mighty Mumford

Two and a half miles (three kilometers) south of the town center of Fairfax, Virginia just off the Ox Road (Virginia Route 123) is a small town called Fairfax Station. Yes. This town gets its name from an actual train station. As you approach the old train, you look at it, and you ask yourself, […]

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More Antique Maps


There’s something intriguing about old maps that can draw the imagination into them. I enjoy seeing and pondering the images. The maps that most interest me are the political maps. That is maps that delineate boundaries of nations, states, provinces, counties, and so forth.

There are atlases, and road maps I’ve accumulated over the years. There’s also a portfolio of loose maps that is stashed away. None of these are probably monetarily valuable, but they do have significance historically.

There is one old map that has been framed and now hangs in a hallway at home. The map of Nebraska, Dakota, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming was published in 1865 by A.J. Johnson. Johnson was a major atlas publisher and cartographer in 18th century America.

The rest of the images come from Barnes’ Complete Geography a school textbook that was printed in 1885. The map of Africa shows the organization of…

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King’s pursuit of positive peace

The Monster in Your Closet

I remember learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. in middle school, when one of my teachers played a recording of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Virtually all my knowledge of King was derived from my single watching of that video.

Over time, I’d boiled King’s years of fearlessly advocating for change down to a gentle message of hope and peace.

Everything I told my son in early 2014 was everything I could have told my son. It was all I knew.

A few years ago, protests beginning in Ferguson opened my eyes to much more serious, present inequalities than I’d understood still existed. As I expanded my social networks to include Black Lives Matter activists, I started seeing Black people expressing frustration about the mild, whitewashed version of King White people use to decry virtually any kind of action toward change.

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Writer: Ron Paul had it coming because he’s a libertarian

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

Many, at least in the United States, know of the recent attack on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul by a neighbor, an assault that left Rand with six broken ribs.

Attacks on sitting U.S. Congressmen being relatively rare and generally frowned upon, the mugging, by Paul’s neighbor, retired doctor Rene Boucher, has generated considerable coverage. Initially there was speculation that the incident, which occurred while Paul was riding on a lawn mower with noise-canceling headphones, was political in nature.

It now appears that Boucher’s blindside blitz was personal in nature, though it’s not entire clear why the doctor took it upon himself to tackle Paul.

However, more than one pundit has waddled into the fray by stating that Paul’s libertarian stance was not only the casus belli, but a justifiable excuse.

USA Today wrote that Paul was the neighborhood’s problem child because “he has a strong belief in property rights.”

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