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Almost Hidden DC: What Lovely Lamps You Have

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The (mostly) federal buildings around the city are adorned with some extraordinary lighting.                                                                                     […]

DC Cats: The Quiz (Win $20 at Starbucks)

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 Washington, DC is a veritable jungle with lions and tigers all around.  Be the first to correctly identify these and win a $20 Starbucks card.  Just send in a comment (below) with your answers.  (Most correct list wins.) Good Luck!            

On Holding Forth

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The end of the “regular” DC guiding season is (thankfully) upon us as students complete the school year and head out for their summer adventures. I spent this final week  with fifty Midwestern 8th-graders who were smart and well mannered which is a nice though somewhat rare combination. Tuesday evening we walked some of the […]

T. A. and the Bet

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Some readers here will know that my vocation of late is as a DC tour guide.  I work for a company that assigns me to incoming groups who are here to see the sights.  I have not enjoyed working this much since I was a firefighter.  Curiously, the jobs have much in common.  I am […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: Jones, USN

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That’s as in “John Paul”. He added the “Jones” after killing a sailor (“running him through”) while he was a merchant marine captain sailing in the Caribbean.  He escaped to America, adopted the pseudonym and expected to lay low, but the war with Britain intervened. Though born in Scotland, John Paul readily took to America […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: George Gordon Meade

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Washington, D.C.,  is a city of monuments and memorials, and some of the best are just off the beaten track.  Steps away from busy streets are statuary and other works of art representing people and events, minor and major, from America’s past.  When next in the City, check these gems out. For many decades, Washington, […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: Chief Justice John Marshall

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Washington, D.C.,  is a city of monuments and memorials, some of the best of them just off a very well beaten track.  Steps away from busy streets are statuary and other works of art representing people and events, minor and major, from America’s past.  When next in the City, check these gems out. John Marshall […]

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