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Eisenhower Memorial finally opens

It’s a long stroll across the Eisenhower Memorial, but then there’s a lot to discuss about Dwight D. Eisenhower. The leader of Allied Forces to win World War II and U.S. president requires a lot of marble. It took nearly … Continue reading

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New Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

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RFK’s still hanging in there

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Always love a good fountain

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Taft, Harding and Robert Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial dedication

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A memorial in an Arlington crossroads

It’s not unusual for a monument to be moved. Happens more often than you’d expect. And it’s not unusual for a memorial to be updated with a second use. But here’s one that includes three wars and was relocated to … Continue reading

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My Year with Fitbit

Ever wonder how many steps you really walk? Do you come close to the so-called recommended 10,000 per day? Does more walking make a difference? I just finished one year with a Fitbit, a present my wife gave me as … Continue reading

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Please don’t see the cherry blossoms

It is a great year for the cherry blossoms. Nice and early as winter that was actually very nice now gives way to spring. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Tidal Basin area to see the 3,000 trees … Continue reading

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Balkan food at Ambar

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Big bloom coming March 27?

National Park Service forecasters say the cherry blossom peak bloom will be March 27-30. I dunno. Something in me says it will be a week earlier. I’ve lived here nearly 60 years as a native so I know local weather. … Continue reading

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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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