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LBJ Memorial Grove is a quick hit

Funny how I can live a lifetime in one town and still see new things even in my seventh decade in Washington. I’ve driven by the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove many times, but always in a hurry to be … Continue reading

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Perfect place for a winter walk

Is there anything better than a warm winter’s day as a respite from the persistent cold? Well, this has actually been a pretty nice winter by Washington standards. No real snow – yet. Don’t want to jinx things. We’ve reached … Continue reading

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Bill Hartack at Portrait Gallery

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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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Wordless Wednesday: Bill Shoemaker

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Happy New Year

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Monumental Thoughts turns 9

Happy birthday to us once more. Nine years of blogging about the daily sights, sounds and scenes of Washington from a tour guide’s perspective. I haven’t walked 1,000 tours yet, but it’s getting close. I can tell by my poor … Continue reading

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Yogi Berra at American Portrait Gallery

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Wordless Wednesday: American Portrait Gallery

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Albert Gallatin – the man in front of the Treasury

After taking their zillion photos of the north side of the White House, many tourists walk to 15th St. to catch their bus. They pass the Treasury Building along the way and always ask who’s the statue. When I say … Continue reading

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White House protest

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DuPont Circle fountain

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Sonny Bono Park needs TLC

It’s a spit of land with a lot of history that’s now left to neglect. Sonny Bono Park at the intersection of O St., New Hampshire Ave., and 20th St. about one block south of DuPont Circle is just 800 … Continue reading

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Willard Hotel backs Nats

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Grant lamp posts return

Something old is new again at the Grant Memorial by the U.S. Capitol. Eight bronze lamp posts were erected as replicas of the original design of Edward Pearce Casey dedicated in 1921. The posts have 16 separate castings plus the … Continue reading

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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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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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Remembering Children’s Hospital

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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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