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Guiding: Tulips at the Tomb

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Arlington National Cemetery

Beauty All Around: Arlington Cemetery

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It’s crisp this week in Washington and the flowers are looking their best. Tulips and pansies ringing the Cemetery Amphitheater steps from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

On Memorials, Water and Respect

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A Cool Spot on a Very Hot Day There’s a bit of web-inspired kerfuffle this morning over a photo of visitors standing in the water at the WWII Memorial in front of a sign saying not to. The sign says, “Honor Your Veterans, No Wading…” obviously implying that standing in water up to your ankles […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

Race: The Colored Purpose

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How Quickly We Forget Rachel Dolezal, apparently of caucasic origin but who wished to be seen as black, has resigned from her leadership post at the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Times reports that Ms. Dolezal told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that “I identify as […]

Guiding: The One That Got Away

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Summertime and the Living is Easy The onslaught called spring break has made DC the land of a million motor coaches just in time for the first legitimate heat wave of the season. I toured last week with eight-graders, mostly boys, on one of those languid afternoons around the Tidal Basin. As we neared the […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

Streets: Nine and a Half D

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A Lunchtime Encounter I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch at the Gordon Biersch just around the corner from Ford’s Theater while riding my slightly wacky and very comfortable short wheelbase recumbent bicycle. Sitting at the traffic light at 12th and G streets, NW, I noticed two dudes in a car […]

Over the (Double) Rainbow: WDC

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8 July 2014     With apologies to Dorothy.

Hanging with the Wolf Pack

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To the Moon and Back This week I toured with a group from, let’s just say, Andrew Jackson territory. Their school sent two buses and as they often are, they were divided by gender with me winding up with 36 eighth grade boys. Was this divine retribution? Coin Toss At the very first stop, the […]

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