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Let the lions roar – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

There are lots and lots of lion statues around town. You get five bonus points if knowing this one is part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on E St. N.W. between 4th and 5th Streets (across the National … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Lee – the myth and photo

OK, let me mess with your mind. One of the stories of the Lincoln Memorial is Robert E. Lee is in the back of Abe’s hair looking at the Southern general’s mansion across the river. It makes for a good … Continue reading

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Reagan welcomes you to National airport

I still think it should be called (George) Washington National Airport. Indeed, there’s a sign on the north side that still says so. But lawmakers renamed it Reagan-Washington National Airport in 1998. That name lasted five minutes as many now … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Iwo Jima Memorial

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My favorite places – Washington National Cathedral

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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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How high is up? We’re still not sure

The National Capital Planning Commission rejected a request to raise building heights in Washington, saying it wants further study before amending the 1910 Heights of Buildings Act that limits buildings to 160 feet. Typical government bureaucracy, but in this case … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Hang in there

Tourists often have a very distorted view of Washington. They commonly associate us with politicians they elect to send here. I tell them we’re just everyday folks who house the federal government. I’ve traveled the world and most of the … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

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MLK controversial quote still there

The National Park Service was supposed to remove the quote shown above in February. Now we’re closing in on April and it’s still there. Blame it on the sequester. I don’t take a stand on whether the shortened quote makes … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened . . .

During a private tour with an extended family, four young children played in the leaves after exiting the Vietnam Memorial. They were just having fun as kids do. The kids came over to their grandfather next to me, surrounded him … Continue reading

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Forbes magazine says we’re cool

Forbes magazine, which usually makes me think of old rich guys and not hipsters, said Washington is cool. Like, the nation’s second coolest city. Whatever they’re drinking, I’ll have one, too. OK, I love my hometown, but I don’t exactly … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: A not too secret garden

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Wordless Wednesday: Washington’s landscape

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Eternal Flame still sparks patriotism

It’s not an Olympic torch or some grand bonfire. Indeed, the eternal flame by late president John F. Kennedy’s grave seems a bit understated compared to visitors’ expectations. But it’s something nearly everyone who visits Arlington National Cemetery seems to … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the waterfront

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Ahoy there – stop by the U.S. Navy Memorial

Washington has many wonderful fountains. The World War II Memorial’s may be the best at night. The Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune is akin to Rome’s Trevi Fountain. The ones on the sides of the U.S. Capitol are interesting. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Happy 4th of July

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Best places to see downtown fireworks?

Can I say on watching fireworks on TV from my living room is my plan and not sound like a crotchety old man? I spent the 1980s with a million others listening to the Beach Boys concerts on the national … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Changing of guard at Tomb of Unknowns

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