…and Rumors of War

By Charlie Johnston My next talk will be on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 1 – 5 p.m. It will be at the Renaissance Montessori School at 12625 Fitzwater Dr., Nokesville, Virginia – near Manassas, site of the first battle of the American Civil War. For information or to RSVP, go here.  At the First Battle […]

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The End of the Beginning

I wrote the following piece just a year ago – on December 14, 2020. It has held up pretty well. In this Advent Season, while many look with joyful hope to the anniversary of the birth of our Savior, there is also a profound sense of dread about what will happen when the calendar turns […]

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The Beginning, Not the End

By Charlie Johnston “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves…The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us […]

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On Our Own, But Not Alone

By Charlie Johnston From the time of my mid-teens, whenever my circle of friends was wildly but enthusiastically wrong in their assessment of how a particular course of actions and choices would play out, if I saw I could not persuade them, I adopted a technique I called “playing the prophet.” I would tell them […]

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What We Have Done

By Charlie Johnston If you lost your job, but had $250,000 in the bank, you could live normally for quite some time if you are middle class, by drawing down on your capital. Every week you did that, though, you would be headed towards a precipitous cliff. Do it long enough and you would plunge […]

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Covid, Priests and Squirrels

By Charlie Johnston The Covid Virus is like a very weak predator which is murderously aggressive, preying ruthlessly on the weak, slow-moving immune systems of the old and vulnerable while barely bothering with the faster-moving systems of the young and healthy. For people 18 and under, the common flu is almost 30 times (30 times!) […]

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On the Warpath

By Charlie Johnston I am one-eighth American Indian. My great-grandfather (yes, the one who handled snakes) was full-blooded from a Georgia tribe. Most say Creek, though a minority opinion is Cherokee. He looked every bit of it. He claimed once, to a friend, that he fled his reservation and came to western Alabama because he […]

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