Category Archives: Washington life

Willard Hotel backs Nats

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Batmobile comes to Washington

The Batmobile was near the White House so help’s on the way. The car from the Batman Forever movie (1995) featuring Val Kilmer was displayed for two days as part of the opening of an office for the Motion Pictures … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon restoration

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Red Light

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Detroit pizza in Washington?

I love pizza and always ready for new experiences. When I heard of perogies on pizza at Red Light (14th and R Sts. NW) it was a no-brainer to try it. Well, the perogie one was good, though you tasted … Continue reading

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White House Visitors Center

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Layed off – On the street again

I was sitting in the Redskins media room like I have off and on since 1983. I was reading Twitter and saw my boss say her last day at the paper was tomorrow. Wait, what? A quick call told me … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Capital One Arena

What was the biggest thing to ever happen where Capital One Arena now lies? The Greene Turtle restaurant area was once home to The National Era, a weekly abolitionist newspaper that published a 43-week series by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It … Continue reading

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Sunflowers time

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Whooping Cranes bring wilds to downtown

Walking down 16th & O Sts. NW, I was drawn to an unexpected one-acre park where a stainless steel sculpture of two 12-foot tall whooping cranes draw you in. Wait . . . what? Kent Ullberg created the cranes in … Continue reading

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Southern Maryland is wine country

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Slave cemetery in Southern Maryland

One of my other pursuits is writing about the emerging wine industry of Southern Maryland. It’s less a decade old and already produced a dozen wineries with more coming. I visited Long Looked For Come At Last Farm in Mechanicsville, … Continue reading

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Down by the old, old, old spring house

  It is a house of mystery. Well, at least a spring house of mystery. In nearly the middle of Ft. Lincoln Cemetery is a spring house believed to be one of the older structural relics of the American colonization … Continue reading

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Thoughts on visiting Europe

Eight countries, 170,000-plus steps, planes, trains, boats, subways and cars. We pretty much conquered Europe over 16 days. I’m just going to take it one thought at a time. At the risk of sounding like an ugly American, my wife … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July

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My 10 tips for Washington visitors (and locals, too)

I’ve seen tourists from dozens of countries visit Washington over the years. Now that I lead groups, I really have some advice for those coming in the summer. Since my blog is read nearly equally by out-of-towners as locals and … Continue reading

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Fort Washington is a forgotten jewel of two centuries

(Reprinting one of our favorite columns) Growing up near the fort just south of town, I remember walking Fort Washington’s steps and hills down to the Potomac River with great joy. Then for some reason, I went 30 years without … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring is for blossoms

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Cherry blossoms at FDR

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Cherry blossom canopy

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