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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...

Pentecost Power

Pentecost Power

The Book of Acts tells the story of the first Christ-followers, with a focus on the ministry and mission of the apostles, a group of leaders whose title means “messenger” or “one who is sent forth.” The book begins with the story of the ascension of Jesus and then...

Sacrificial Gifts

Sacrificial Gifts

The Gospel of John begins by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1), echoing the creation story in Genesis 1. John’s account of the life of Jesus stands apart from the preceding Gospels, and his first...

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

The Gospel according to Luke is part of a two-volume work, with the second book being the Acts of the Apostles. Luke mentions women more than the other Gospel-writers, and has special concern for people on the margins of society, including the sick and the poor. His...

Some Good News

Some Good News

Mark is the shortest of the Gospels, and scholars believe that it was the first of the biblical accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Since most of the stories in Mark can also be found in Matthew and Luke, it was probably the foundation on which...