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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 […]

Firehouses: History Versus Safety

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There was an article in the New York Times recently reporting that the US Coast Guard has increased the average body weight calculation for passengers where commercial boating is concerned.  The old weight was 160 and the new one is 185.  Surprise:  people are getting bigger, fast. It seems that fire trucks  and ambulances are […]

(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, […]

HO, HO, HO: The Crucified, Death’s Head Santa

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  Christmas will never be the same again. Loudoun County, Virginia, residents, some of them anyway, are up in arms over the appearance of a “Claustumed” skeleton with his arm casually draped over a wooden cross on the grounds of their County Courthouse. There’s been “hell to pay” with charges that it is an attack […]

(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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