Charita on Pop Culture

Our apologies could use some work

Nowadays, you almost need a scorecard to keep up with the number of celebrities and politicians being forced to apologize for past misdeeds. Well, OK, mostly it’s men who are unable to keep their eyes on the road and their hands to themselves.

What do you want for Christmas?

There is a belief in some corners that Christmas is becoming endangered, that the country has become so secular that it has less and less tolerance for such overt religious holidays.

The year of ‘mom’ culture

In the years to come, 2017 will go down as one for the books—but not just for the constant mayhem and chaos. 2017 also will be remembered, culturally at least, as the year moms ruled.

All roads lead to Ikea

Did you know that “Ikea” is a Swedish word for “insanity?” OK, not really. But with the phenomenon that occurred in Columbus in June, you had to think about it for a second, didn’t you?

Why America still matters

If the sight of fireworks dancing and lighting up the skies over the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Monument on the Fourth of July doesn’t give you goosebumps, you might want to see a doctor.

America, you work too much

In parts of the world where people savor the good life, they are aghast at how we “do” lunch—namely, eating at our desks, or eating-while-driving, or not eating at all. Instead many of us devote our lunches to a one-hour, frantic scavenger hunt for our “to-do” lists.

What’s so great about downtown?

Once upon a time, there were no malls, no super Wal-Marts, no online shopping. If you wanted to buy or sell, or see a doctor, or borrow a library book, you headed to the center of the community where you lived. In other words, you headed downtown.