Worth Reading: A biography that revels in the details of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE BACK BAY — “Describe the tongue of the woodpecker.” This is one of the many curiosities Leonardo da Vinci noted to himself, which captures the wonder and mystery of his approach to the world. Leonardo da Vinci,… Continue Reading


Worth Reading: On Pulitzer-winner Chernow’s biography of Hamilton

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Founding Father, is a must read for American history enthusiasts, particularly those who may have overlooked this giant of the American finance system while he stood… Continue Reading


The 2020 Independent News Virginia Beach Election Guide

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Independent News asked candidates running for local, nonpartisan offices in Virginia Beach to answer written questions. Responses appear in the list of links below. Names appear in ballot order, and the respective ages listed… Continue Reading


Letter: The kids are home from school so we should have a talk

Dear Editor: I hope you might please share with your readers a few things kids could do with their father during the school hiatus in Virginia Beach amid public health concerns about spreading the coronavirus. I’ve been noodling on all… Continue Reading


Column: In life, there is a time to coach and a time to encourage

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — I have an 11 year old who loves soccer. She wants to be Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan. I want her to build confidence and learn the virtues of focus and tenacity.  She had two games… Continue Reading


Column: On an early morning run, an encounter with two entangled birds

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — Sometimes my 11-year-old daughter and I get up early to go run. Actually, she runs. I walk.  It’s barely light when we’re out, so we drive to the middle school she will soon attend and… Continue Reading


Column: In the New Year, goals for family, friends and perhaps a puppy

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — The possibilities are endless: 2019 could be the year that I make some real headway in my quest to read, in chronological order, a biography of each American president.  Or perhaps I’ll finally commit to… Continue Reading