Opinion

  • From Feral to Forever

    One of the knocks on the door last Halloween was not trick nor treat. It was a representative from the Humane Society holding the downstairs...

  • Mixed Messages

    Leave it to Virginia to throw a wrench in my wedding plans. This was to be the year that my husband, Cavin, and I took...

  • War Dispatches

    We laugh to avoid screaming. Or maybe we try therapeutic tweeting. There were no new media to distract us in 1989. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau did...

  • Game Changer

    Before I jump into writing about football, I have to share a few facts about myself so you can decide exactly how seriously you want...

  • All in the Family

    Unsurprisingly, I could be a precocious brat as a child because I spent so much energy not wanting to be a child. I hated being...

  • Masque of the Red Death

    Actress Goldie Hawn had no idea what she was wading into last week when she tweeted from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ''Met...

  • Comfortably Numb

    Clichés get a bad rap because they beat dead horses until the cows come home with all the originality of the wall of books Barnes...

  • Outdated Offense

    Another January weekend ends, and with it so does the Centaur MC's annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Congratulations to Joe Birdwell, Mr. MAL 2014. While everything...

  • Misdirection

    The popular inability to distinguish fantasy from reality is not a new phenomenon. Snake-oil salesmen have long relied upon their marks' eagerness to believe in...

  • My Old Virginia Home

    This week in Richmond saw the inauguration of Terry McAuliffe as Virginia's governor and the start of a new Virginia political era: ''At Least It's...

  • Big Buzz

    It's fair enough to say that I've been fucked up a few times in my life. I point that out because, with the legalization of...

  • Hello, 2014

    With my last column of 2013 dedicated to my holiday wishes, the first column of 2014 should obviously be dedicated to predictions. First up in...

  • Finding a Lost Son

    I begin with a spoiler alert: If you have not seen the movie Philomena, you may want to see it before reading further. It is...

  • Duck Amuck

    One of the more frustrating aspects of the annual media rite of ''Year in Review'' stories is that they start hitting around Dec. 1, which...

  • Rationing Religious Freedom

    The religious right is fighting to turn America's religious freedom from a shield into a sword against public policies and groups they dislike. Posing as...

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