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Blossoms time at the Tidal Basin

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It’s big bloom around the Tidal Basin

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Cherry blossoms best near FDR

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Here comes big bloom

Friday morning was the last frigid one until next fall and the cherry blossoms have survived. Big bloom should be late Saturday or Sunday. It won’t be the usual eye-popping show with reportedly 50 percent of blooms ruined by recent … Continue reading

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Kilroy was here

He was the best known image of the American GI during World War II even if everybody claimed his name. “Kilroy was here” was a popular phrase accompanied by a drawing of a bald man looking over a wall that … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Confederate Memorial at ANC

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Alfaro: the Old Warrior of Ecuador

In the row of bronze busts outside the Organization of American States along Constitution Ave. is Eloy Alfaro, the former president of Ecuador whose full name was José Eloy Alfaro Delgado. Alfaro (1842 –1912) was the president from 1895 to … Continue reading

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Anton Hilberath: The German soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

  Anton Hilberath is an enigma surrounded by children. Hilberath’s the only German soldier from World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The First Sergeant of the Wehrmacht was among 830 German prisoners of war that died in the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Army of the Grand Republic

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The chapel in the cemetery

At first glance it seemed there was a little chapel in the middle of Rock Creek Cemetery. A beautiful Gothic stone building alongside many of the mausoleums of the rich and famous. And sure enough, walking up to it, I … Continue reading

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Life in a fishbowl

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Sunset among cherry blossoms

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Cherry blossoms starting to pop, but . . .

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Sunset at the World War II Memorial

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Wordless Wednesday: Rock Creek Cemetery

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DAR pediment is simple enough

  We’re going with an easy one here. I don’t care if you’ve never seen a pediment in your life (and you may have not) you’re going to know what this one means. High above the western entrance into the … Continue reading

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Under the spreading Lincoln oak tree

An old stump is all that’s left of one of the older trees ever around Washington. The Lincoln Oak, named for president Abraham Lincoln meeting under its expansive branches with local military leaders during the Civil War, was destroyed by … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Mount Vernon

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Sewall-Belmont House and Museum continues its cause

  Amid the famous buildings of Capitol Hill sits a small brick house with two centuries of history. The Sewall-Belmont House on the corner of Second St. and Constitution Ave. NE has been associated with our political leaders since the … Continue reading

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Returning to Great Falls

We take the Potomac River for granted as it passes often passively by Washington. But far north of the city lies Great Falls National Park where the water drops quickly and sometimes deadly. I went there once as a young … Continue reading

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