Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

The man behind two metro stops – David Farragut

You know the person much be important when two metro stops are named for him. David Farragut was a Civil War admiral who uttered the saying now paraphrased, “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead.” He said it differently, but history … Continue reading

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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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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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Second to none: the Second Division Memorial

Between the White House and the Washington Monument, the Second Division Memorial on Constitution Ave. approaching 17th St. is another overlooked sculpture. It’s something people just pass by. The memorial commemorates the U.S. Army’s Second Division’s dead during World War … 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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Washington National Cathedral inspires

Want to see an old Roman church in Washington, D.C.? The Washington National Cathedral is the closest thing I’ve found since touring Italy. You may recognize the world’s sixth largest church from televised events like late president Ronald Reagan’s funeral … Continue reading

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Lunar Bird makes your imagination soar

Like many things in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden, Lunar Bird is a bit of a mystery. The best guess is it’s an imaginary bird with a symbol of the moon for a head, small wings and thick legs. A … 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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Save George Washington, get a statue

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski was a Polish count who came to America to fight for freedom. He once saved George Washington’s life, but is best known for teaching American troops the discipline needed to fight the mighty British troops. Pulaski … Continue reading

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The real George Mason

                George Mason is hanging out not far from fellow founding father Thomas Jefferson in West Potomac Park. The George Mason Memorial remembers the “Forgotten Founder” who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights … 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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Native Washingtonian 101 — Talking half smokes

Looking for local delicacy? Forget crabs – get a half smoke. Half smokes are hot dogs combined with sausage and well, let’s just say other stuff. Whatever, it just tastes good. They’re bigger and tastier than regular hot dogs. I … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – It’s “War-shington”

Want to sound like a local? Here’s the first clue – we say “War-shington.” Yes, we sneak an “r” in there. I don’t know why. It’s not because this town makes war on other countries. It’s just something we say … Continue reading

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Rocks along the Vietnam Memorial Wall

The runaway most read blog item the past two years is about rocks left on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Now I’ve spotted them at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The first time came recently when seeing a series of four … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: One last cherry blossom photo

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Cherry Blossoms are peaking

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Cherry blossoms are coming along

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Oh Jane, we love your magnolias

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Not cherry blossoms, but nearby Jane Magnolias are dazzling

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So when are the cherry blossoms coming?

There’s a hint of color around the Tidal Basin. It’s just a little wisp of red. Maybe I’m making more of it than I should, but spring seems to have finally found Washington after replacing snow with unrelenting rain for … Continue reading

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