Author Archives: Rick

Reflections of cherry blossoms

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Cherry blossoms are for the birds

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Up close with the cherry blossoms

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Cherry Blossoms are peaking

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Touring with politicians

I recently picked up a private tour of a Congressman and his staff from a far-flung state that gathered here probably to talk re-election strategy. It was an interesting task. Normally, I like to joke about our visiting politicians being … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Cherry blossoms blooming

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Finding generations long ago on Vietnam Wall

Whenever I find a name for someone on the Vietnam Wall, I asked who this person is to them. Often, it’s a relative. Someone they probably didn’t know like their mom’s uncle. Recently, the woman said it was her boyfriend … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms are coming along

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Oh Jane, we love your magnolias

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Not cherry blossoms, but nearby Jane Magnolias are dazzling

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George & Martha Washington with grandkids at Mount Vernon

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So when are the cherry blossoms coming?

There’s a hint of color around the Tidal Basin. It’s just a little wisp of red. Maybe I’m making more of it than I should, but spring seems to have finally found Washington after replacing snow with unrelenting rain for … Continue reading

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14 names to be added to Vietnam Wall

Fourteen men will be added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on May 11 with a ceremony at 10 a.m. while another eight will have their status changed. SSG Jerry Leon Antrich, U.S. Army Weid, Texas June 20, 1930 – Aug. … Continue reading

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Washington Monument re-opens May 12

Finally, the center attraction of town is reopening 32 months after closed by an earthquake. The Washington Monument is nearing completion of a $15 million restoration following a 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011. The scaffolding is nearly gone from … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Vietnam Wall

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Time for our spring photo tours

It’s late March. The snow is supposed to stop – right? You know, warm temperatures, cherry blossoms. Winter is over. So we’re starting our spring photo tours on Sunday, March 23 no matter what Old Man Winter says. Actually, it … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Watergate and JFK Performing Arts Center

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Mount Vernon tree cut

The spreading pecan tree is no more. A massive tree next to the Mount Vernon mansion was recently cut down. Not because it was diseased, but because the tree threatened to destroy nearby George Washington’s bedroom and office. The risk … Continue reading

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5+ Questions with Author Garrett Peck

Ben Franklin once said beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Garrett Peck shows that beer brewers once and still love Washington. In his latest book on Washington history, Peck’s Capital Beer: A Heady … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: U.S. Capitol

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