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Wordless Wednesday: I like candy

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The cat, horse and the general

There’s lots to talk about Gen. Philip Sheridan’s statue. It’s one of the better equestrian statues in town and the horse has a story, too. But there’s also a cat down the street keeping an eye on his old master. … Continue reading

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The Polish general in Lafayette Square

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko was an American hero in so many ways. The Polish-born general of the Revolutionary War is one of four foreign-born general in the park largely for winning the battle of Saratoga, N.Y. The statue reflects Kosiuszko fighting … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Breaux winery

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The woman behind the man – Queen Isabella

We always know Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred and 92. But, we rarely talk about the woman who funded the trip to the new world – Queen Isabella. The Spanish monarch is in front of the Organization … Continue reading

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Demons on Embassy Row

As regular readers know, I’m an average photographer. And sometimes it’s hard to get a good shot, especially when the gates are locked at an Embassy Row showstopper. Hence this photo. But here’s one of two Balinese Demons who guard … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The colors of fall

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Remembering the soul of a poet: Kahlil Gibran

There are plenty of memorials to foreigners that I really don’t understand, and this might be the most perplexing of all. I read two short biographies of the man and still not sure why a $1 million memorial across the … Continue reading

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Tour guide on vacation – Boston

My first trip after graduating college was Boston. All those history classes made me want to see it. Thirty-four years later, my wife and I returned recently to see it again. Oh, I’ve been to Boston many times for work … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Fall at the White House

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How many will come to Trump’s inauguration?

The election is over (thank goodness) and Washingtonians can go about their lives once more. For a while at least until Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Inaugurations have been a big deal in Washington since John F. Kennedy (above) … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Fall in Washington

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Voting day . . . finally

Finally, it’s voting day. Thank God or God help us, but either way this presidential election ends. As a journalist, I never publicly discuss my vote, but I’ve never missed an election since turning 18. My parents were very big … Continue reading

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The Five Guys in the sky

Sometimes you have to look up to see the great attraction. On the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, you’re rushing up the steps to see the third president. Coming down, you notice the Tidal Basin, White House straight ahead, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: World War II Memorial

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

  I wish my flowers grew this big. The Federal Triangle Flower is 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide. Created in 1997 as part of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center, the courtyard art was sculpted by Stephen … Continue reading

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A little statue in the corner has a story to tell

I love the Organization of American States building. It is absolutely fascinating and filled with overwhelming art projects both inside and out. One is tucked away from the front view, but you shouldn’t miss this one. Just to the right … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: RFK at Arlington National Cemetery

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Full Count reminds fans there are sports statues in town

With more than 3,100 statues, memorials and monuments, you’d think Washington would be filled with sports figures cast in bronze. Think again. Nationals Park has Josh Gibson, Frank Howard and Walter Johnson as gigantic, odd-looking statues beyond the left field … Continue reading

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Here’s a bar bet you can win

Washington, D.C. is named after two people. Name them. I ask this of every group I take out and maybe 10 percent has someone who can answer it. OK, we all should know that George Washington is the Washington part. … Continue reading

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