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Guiding: The Wall and Ritual

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The Vietnam Veterans Wall, opened in 1982, is a shade under 500 feet long with over 58,000 names of those killed or missing etched into its shiny black panels. While other war memorials also list names, the Wall stands alone for its enveloping design and enormity. The names take center stage, a tidal wave of […]

War: Boys and Their Toys

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July Fourth, Early This past Thursday the US military deployed the GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal, at a cave site reputed to be used by ISIS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. For the military it’s the equivalent of  being able to take that brand new Harley you bought out for a spin after a […]

Guiding: Arlington Seen and Heard

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This past Wednesday was a glorious day here in Washington with the sky cloudless and the temperature a sweet 75 degrees, a superb day to be out and about. Those familiar with DC will know that the city is full of trees and lushly landscaped with special spring and summer plantings and a huge variety […]

Guiding: St. Pete and a Global Mom

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I toured with fifth-graders and their parents the other day and we concluded with an evening visit to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. (The Pentagon was struck by a commercial jet on that day and 184 people were killed either in the building or on the aircraft.) With the attack now 16 years ago, it is […]

James Jackson and His Emmett Till Thing

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Sexual Rage and Deadly Racism Last week, James Jackson of Baltimore, an Army veteran, traveled to New York and stabbed Timothy Caughman to death on a city street “in order to launch a campaign of terrorism” according to Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan DA. The Washington Post reports, “Police said Jackson left no doubt about […]

Guiding: Springtime, Sort Of

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Out and About The snow is nearly melted from the other day’s surprise weather and the pace of the guiding season is picking up. To wit, some images from around town. Scaffolding is up at the Jefferson Memorial as they repair (at least) the interior lighting. Generally speaking, the major memorials are in poor condition […]

History: Some Presidential Tweets

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General George Washington on Traitor Benedict Arnold Damn that Arnold, traitor turn-coat, left wife behind too, no worry-we will treat her well–pretty young thing.  SO SAD! Adams to Jefferson on Missing His Inauguration  Tommy, skipping the big “do”, catching early stage to Philly, give Sally a kiss and my best to the kiddies. DRESS WARM! […]

War: Deadly Kabul Hospital Attack

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Never-Ending Afghanistan We may have gone to war in Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy Bin Laden and al Qaeda, but yesterday’s deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul which killed 30 and wounded 50, was staged by ISIS, our newest enemy there. Our actual “enemy of note” isn’t even ISIS but rather the Taliban, who […]

This Evening at Iwo

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Sunset, Saturday, March 4, 2017

Religion: Washington, Hitler and Toleration

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Into the Trumposphere Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene. Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.” The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of […]

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