Author Archives: Rick

Mountain and Clouds will blow your mind

My first thought when entering the lobby of the Senate Hart Office Building – was it this big piece of junk? A few minutes later when viewing it from the seventh of nine floors, my second thought – Oh, I … Continue reading

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Who’s the boss? Why ‘Boss’ Shepherd, of course

George Washington may be the father of our country and namesake for the our town, but Alexander Robey Shepherd, better known as “Boss Shepherd,” is considered “The Father of Modern Washington.” Shepherd actually stopped an 1870s movement to relocate the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Arlington National Cemetery

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Verizon Center

What was the biggest thing to ever happen where Verizon Center now lies? The site was once home to The National Era, a weekly abolitionist newspaper that published a 43-week series by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was supposed to just … Continue reading

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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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Alice Roosevelt found in Peacock Alley

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Last Conversation Piece says a lot

I must admit this series of rotund statues makes me laugh. Like it’s a Weight Watchers meeting and a dispute breaks out as one says, “Who you calling fat?” That’s the great part of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden … Continue reading

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We cannot tell a lie – GW’s birthplace is cool

Monumental Thoughts has a guest contributor – Megan Johnson. (Hey, we’re all for free labor.) A sprawling stretch of land along Popes Creek, Va., isn’t all that different today from when George Washington entered the world 284 years ago – … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Peacock Alley at the Willard

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Another spring season ends . . .

What did we learn as the 100-day invasion by school children that swarms our city each spring finally ends and a short interlude awaits before family and international tourists follow? It was a grind. First it rained forever, including 16 … Continue reading

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Oh angel, why so sad?

I love statues in cemeteries. Angels intrigued me, especially when memorializing someone forever. Richard Rothwell and his wife Emma lie beneath a sighing angel in Congressional Cemetery. Rothwell was once paid by Congress for creating 20 centographs that remember late … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Jefferson Memorial

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Happy Memorial Day . . . already?

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J. Edgar Hoover – The G-Man of Congressional Cemetery

Perhaps the most feared man by criminals and Congressmen alike is buried behind bars. J. Edgar Hoover once headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1924-77. Indeed, his name in on the building along Pennsylvania Ave. The nation’s top … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: When DuPont Circle fountain runs dry

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Dulles . . . as in Dulles International Airport

Many Washingtonians fly in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport without knowing who Dulles was. Turns out he was one of us. A Washington native, John Foster Dulles rose to Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisnehower from … Continue reading

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Check out our new Sex, Ghosts and Guns tour

Every year, I try to come up with a new specialty tour to keep locals interested. While the Lincoln assassination tour consistently draws well and the Kennedy homes of Georgetown is a good attraction, other tours ebb and flow. So … Continue reading

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A Chesapeake Waterman in Southern Maryland

Deep in Southern Maryland where the only jobs until the recent housing boom of the past decade were farming and fishing is a reminder of the past. This statue of A Chesapeake Waterman seeking crabs and oysters is a reminder … Continue reading

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Horse and Rider trots along

It looks like me ready to fall off, but sculptor Mario Marini’s Horse and Rider is considered an example of a man in control. Sure, if you say so. The seven-foot tall sculpture outside the Hirshhorn Museum is another of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown in the morning

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