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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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Cherry blossoms starting to pop, but . . .

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Washington, D.C. flag dates back to English battle

Sometimes you learn things from the craziest places, but one of my favorites is the Sunday comics. Flashbacks by Patrick M. Reynolds explains how traditions, names and general lore so simply anyone can learn. Which brings me to my favorite … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Willard Hotel

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Wordless Wednesday: Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Supreme Court: The Guardian of Liberty

On the eastern side (facing away from National Mall) of the Supreme Court is the Guardian of Liberty pediment. I only managed to capture part of the 18 by 60 foot scene because of sun problems. Moses and his tablets … Continue reading

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Will Trump’s inaugural crowd set a record?

Will Donald Trump’s inaugural crowd be the largest ever for a Republican president? Of 23 past inaugural crowds I could find, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George W. Bush in 1993 were the biggest by a Republican president at 500,000. … Continue reading

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A memorial in an Arlington crossroads

It’s not unusual for a monument to be moved. Happens more often than you’d expect. And it’s not unusual for a memorial to be updated with a second use. But here’s one that includes three wars and was relocated to … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: George Washington’s first vault

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Monumental Thoughts turns 6

Year Six of my blog – where does the time go? Another year walking the streets of Washington, telling stories and tall tales to folks from everywhere. Students from across the nation, doctors from Pakistan and India, families on vacation, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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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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Two men carry another while a woman shows compassion. The Red Cross Men and Women Killed in Service statue in the Red Cross courtyard at 17th and D Sts. N.W. is the perfect example of what the organization means. The … Continue reading

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is must see

It has probably been 40 years since I last saw the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and it wasn’t even completed then. A recent visit showed I’ve been away too long. The Shrine on the outer … Continue reading

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