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Politics never strays far in Washington

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White House at Christmas

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There are no boundaries to art

Sponge Bob is better known than a plumbob, but at the National Building Museum you’ll see the latter. Bordering the museum on 4th, 5th, F and G Sts. NW, the Boundary Markers are 10-feet tall with a brick base and … Continue reading

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Remembering slain Annapolis journalists

Newseum recently added a tribute to the five journalists at the Annapolis Capital who were murdered in the newsroom in June. It was personal to me. My good friend John McNamara was among the five. He was a sports writer … Continue reading

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The other presidential assassination spot

Everyone goes to Ford’s Theatre to see where Abraham Lincoln died. And, thank goodness because that’s a big chunk of my tours. But, it’s not the only presidential assassination spot in town. James Garfield (my 10th cousin) was shot at … Continue reading

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City sidewalks, dressed in holiday style

Looking for a little holiday spirit? I’d wander along F St. NW from 15th to 9th Sts. Businesses along this route generally have large wreaths along this stretch. After seeing the National Christmas Tree near 15th, you’ll pass places like … Continue reading

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Even Pandas wait at Metro Center

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Visiting the National Christmas tree by the White House has been a regular activity since my parents took me when I was around five-years old. (Funny, the trees seemed a lot bigger then.) This year’s version is a stunner. The … Continue reading

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Finally walked by Mayor Barry statue

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Fast finish to tour season

Well, Thanksgiving’s over and so is tour season. Aside a tour here and there, most guides are spending the next two months sitting by the fire and glad to escape winter’s cold. Strangely, the season ended with a flourish –five … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Veterans Day

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Wordless Wednesday: Where Lincoln sat when assassinated

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The Park Bench Statesman: Bernard Baruch

Sometimes those old guys sitting in the park are worth listening to their advice. Bernard Baruch became wealthy by 1900 speculating in sugar futures on Wall Street. The son of a surgeon that served on Robert E. Lee’s staff during … Continue reading

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Mrs. Obama’s farmer’s market has veggies (and kettle corn)

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Food trucks tell no lies

I don’t often eat at food trucks, but damn they’re tempting sometimes. Not just for saving money and time, but interesting items. I wandered past a group near a downtown Metro station at lunchtime. And, the one thing about the … Continue reading

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I like Ike, his building not so much

It’s not the prettiest building in Washington. Mark Twain called the Eisenhower Executive Office Building “the ugliest building in America” while former president Harry Truman called it “the greatest monstrosity in America.” The EEOB is a French Second Empire style … Continue reading

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Lily Pond: art for art’s sake, I guess

On this site was the first water to be piped through the streets for city residents. I’ll let you have a moment to absorb all that. The Lily Pond in John Marshall Park at 4th and C Sts. N.W. by … Continue reading

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U.S. Botanic Gardens more than a greenhouse

One of the joys of becoming a tour guide is stopping at places I’ve driven past a million times. High on the list is the U.S. Botanic Garden on 1st and Maryland Ave. S.W. on the footstep of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Congressional is still the cemetery for Congress

Congressional Cemetery was once a happening place for U.S. Senators or Congressmen to spend their eternal years. Eighty were buried there until 1870 when the sandstone centographs were deemed ugly. So the black marble stone of Stephen Joshua Solarz near … Continue reading

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