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The Outer Banks awaits

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The Hall family and the angel

Mary Ann Hall was a popular madam in Washington, running a bordello where the American Indian Museum now stands. It was said to be the classiest one in Washington during the Civil War. Mary Ann and a sister are buried … Continue reading

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Washington Circle remembers that Washington

It is perhaps the most overlooked statue in plain sight of the man for whom the city is named. Washington Circle by Foggy Bottom that intersects 23rd, K St., New Hampshire Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW has a bronze equestrian … Continue reading

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St. John’s Church

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Happy Labor Day

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The path taken

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Free books – take one, leave one

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Remembering one of NASA’s own

From George Washington to the moon all within a few feet. Walking the path to colonial St. John’s Church has a historical marker saying the Episcopal church was erected in 1723 and our nation’s first president attended services there many … 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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All aboard for Randolph

If you’ve ever taken a train at Union Station, you’ve passed this statue. It’s right by the entrance to the boarding area. A. Philip Randolph was among America’s leading black labor and civil rights leaders. The plaque beneath the bust … Continue reading

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My guide in Gdansk

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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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Capitol pediment: The Progress of Civilization

The Senate portico’s eastern front (facing the sunrise) is about America and its conquests. Frankly, the Capitol pediment pretty easy symbolism to decipher. According to James M. Goode’s fine book “Washington Sculpture,” the woman in the middle is America standing … Continue reading

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Vietnam Wall remembrances

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The ‘Journalist’ of Arlington National Cemetery

Section 7A of Arlington National Cemetery is one of the smaller areas just below the Tomb of the Unknowns, but it certainly has a number of famous folks. Joe Louis, Pappy Boyington and Lee Marvin were buried just steps apart. … Continue reading

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A General stone

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The Vietnam Wall

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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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A champion in the ring – Joe Louis

You’re busy trying to make the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns so you see an interesting grave but don’t stop. Well, stop on the way down the hill at Arlington National Cemetery because if nothing … Continue reading

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