Brinton’s Bridges

Brutality is the Point

Brutality is the Point

"For MS-13, the brutality is the point," said Assistant US Attorney Alexander Blanchard. Opening arguments were held on Monday, May 9, in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. On trial were five members of MS-13, accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old and a...

The Past Is Never Dead

The Past Is Never Dead

"The past is never dead," said William Faulkner in his novel Requiem for a Nun. "It's not even past." He was right. The past emerged several months ago in London, when a well-preserved Roman floor was discovered under the streets. Experts consider the mosaic -- more...

Canary in the Coal Mine

Canary in the Coal Mine

"We are at a moment of reckoning," said Rachel Kyte, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Unless we take action to reduce carbon pollution, the world will face a warmer and deadlier future. We are at a tipping point, according to a...

Ministry for the Future

Ministry for the Future

It was getting hotter. That’s what Frank May noticed at sunrise, as he looked out the window of his apartment in India. Taking a deep breath, he felt like he was in a sauna. The temperature rose to 103 degrees, with a humidity of 35 percent. Across the city, people...

Night of Terror

Night of Terror

A new memorial has been built on the northern bank of the Occoquan River, near the Workhouse Arts Center and the former Lorton Reformatory. When the prison was known as the Occoquan Workhouse, it was the site of the Night of Terror, a turning point in the suffrage...

Sorcery Search

Sorcery Search

Bible Gateway is a website that allows people to read and search the text of numerous translations of the Bible. In the year 2021, searches for the words "sorcery" and "sorceries" saw the biggest spike, increasing 193 percent over the previous year. The topics people...

Lord of the Rock

Lord of the Rock

Northern Virginia contains a particular granite known as “Occoquan” Granite.  According to the Geocaching website, between the Piedmont and Coastal plain regions of Virginia, along the Occoquan basin, resides a major outcrop of Occoquan Granite.  This...

A Man on a Mission

A Man on a Mission

A professor of anthropology named Brian Howell was in an airport gift shop in Central America, looking for something for his 14-year-old son. Among the soccer jerseys and dried toads, he found a bright orange T-shirt that said, "I Survived a Short Term Mission Trip to...

Catastrophes and Candles

Catastrophes and Candles

In mid-December, a fierce tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, causing a candle factory to collapse with workers inside. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear feared that the factory catastrophe would lead to the largest loss of life in the powerful storm. "It may end up being the...

Christmas Wednesday

Christmas Wednesday

Although the calendar places the birthday of Jesus on Dec. 25, there is no historical or biblical evidence that this date is correct. Early Christians chose this time of year for the holiday because it corresponded to the Roman Saturnalia, a week-long celebration of...

Windows of the Heavens

Windows of the Heavens

On October 29, the DC region experienced the worst tidal flooding in years. Fierce winds and storms rocked the area, and the Occoquan River came close to overflowing its banks. Some areas reported two to four feet of coastal flooding. According to DCist, heavy winds...

The Witches of Occoquan

The Witches of Occoquan

Viv Bennett is a teenager who is looking for peace, contentment, and connection. According to The Washington Post, Bennett meditates, uses tarot cards, and tries to connect to various energies, gods, and goddesses. Writes journalist Michelle Boorstein, "Bennett...