Red Cross Get’s a Make-Over

 

Martha at the Helm

As some folks know, I am a DC city guide.  The 2013 guiding season is underway despite the see-saw weather.

The newest memorial, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr,  is proving to be a big hit.  It may be the most well lit memorial for night time viewing in the city.  King’s words are crucial to the space.  The quotes have been superbly lighted from below.  (Since you asked, WWII is the worst lit, with many inscriptions disappearing when the sun sets.)

I had a delightful group of students this past Saturday.  We saw the sights for 11 hours, metro-ing our way around the City.  During the visit to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial we were at the part honoring women who served. The role of  nurses and war came up.  I asked them who started the American Red Cross and was instrumental in helping soldiers and families during the Civil War.

A hand shot up.

Martha Stewart

“Martha Stewart”, was the firm reply.

This easily makes my list of best Clara Barton stand-ins, bumping the previous reply of Betty Crocker from the number one position.

Of course, no one is immune from the occasional gaffe.  Last year I told 55 adults staying in Crystal City that they could  visit the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial by taking the hotel’s space shuttle over and the metro back.

I heard about that for the rest of the trip.

Houston, we have a problem.

 

 

 

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Mike Lambert
Farewell to Dave McCormack
Hi, Eric...you probably don't remember me, I worked at the IAFF in the late 80s and throughout the 90s about the same time you were there. Ironically enough, my wife and I were discussing just last night the several (REALLY enjoyable!) Christmas parties that the McCormacks hosted back in that timeframe. I happened to pick…
2015-07-01 16:15:24
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point. I did not choose those verses. They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions. Does the historical truth offend you so?
2015-06-28 01:41:06
Smiles
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
You two do realize that exodus and Leviticus is pretty much a history lesson for the days of Moses. People had different rules and lived in a time far gone by. I don't know what kind of Christian people you two deal with but as a Christian who grew up attending and currently still attends…
2015-06-28 00:47:28
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Thank you,Tim. Eric
2015-06-27 21:27:36
Tim McMenamin
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Eric my Brother, I agree with your comparison of slavery and LGBTQ rights. Because you were trying to show how the Rethuglicans were using the bible to justify LGBTQ discrimination, when the bible also justified slavery. Blair the LGBTQ community or "the gays" as you referred to are not using bullying tactics, they were demanding…
2015-06-27 21:06:41
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