• Places With History

    August 31, 2011, Washington, DC: I like places with a past, cities with history. But Washington is rare in that it possesses both a local history and a national one. Washington is the keeper of our national story. While there are times that gets annoying (ie, class trips clogging sidewalks), there are times we can

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  • Hometown Southport: Hurricane Irene

    August 28, 2011, Washington, DC: A few days ago I reflected on the serene end of summer in my hometown of Southport, Ct. It was a different story there this morning. My parents’ house off the harbor weathered the storm well, but here’s what they documented today on Harbor Road after high tide following Hurricane Irene. All photos

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  • Shelter From The Storm

    August 27, 2011, Washington, DC: This is one of those days when we are reminded of the most basic reason to appreciate our homes. During a natural disaster like an earthquake or a hurricane (or this time both in the same week), we are reminded that it’s a luxury to spend time discussing the “extras”

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  • If You Lived Here, You’d Be Creative

    August 26, 2011, Washington, DC: I biked past this artist’s studio last weekend on the Jersey Shore. Isn’t it great? It made me think about creative spaces and about the beauty of living places that inspire us to think outside the box. Some places I’ve lived have just felt more creative than others. I once looked at

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  • Two Bikes, Two Boats and An Earthquake

    August 23, 2011, Washington, DC: Living in cities, I’ve often given thought to how I’d get out of dodge when catastrophe strikes. I’ve concluded the best way getaway would be to hop on a bike or lace up my running shoes. I think I first imagined these scenarios while driving through the Lincoln Tunnel. The

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  • Repeat Travel: August in Saratoga

    The Place: Saratoga Springs, New York The Traveler: Beth (Three cheers for mom!) When do you visit: Every August What made you first decide to go here? What keeps you coming back? August means I get to toss a small duffle in the car and head to Saratoga Springs, NY, with my husband David who

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  • Shore Style

    August 21, 2011, New Jersey Shore: What is it that draws us to the coast? Is it the grey shingled homes that blend in here by the dunes, so steadily weathering the rain and wind? Is it the salty breeze off the water? The grilled seafood dinners on a screened in porch? We are drawn

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  • Hometown Southport

    August 19, 2011: Summer’s end creeps up too fast. No matter how much I’ve traveled this season, the list of places I’ve yet to go remains far too long. But it’s hard to believe a seemingly simple and uncomplicated trip back home did not make the cut this season. It’s hard to believe summer is ending

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  • A Quest for a Baltimore Sno-ball

    August 15, 2011, Washington, DC: Certain places are associated with certain foods that just aren’t the same anywhere else. There’s nowhere in my hometown to get chicken parm sandwiches quite like the ones we ate at Rinaldi’s deli in high school. There’s nowhere in my neighborhood to get a bagel that comes close to those on

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  • If I Had a Houseboat

    August 14, 2011, Washington, DC: In the early summer of 2001, I arrived in Marin County, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to begin my summer job. The company was based on a narrow stretch of land on the border of Mill Valley and Sausalito, wedged between the freeway and the water’s edge.

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  • Ten Reasons To Follow That Food Truck

    August 13, 2011, Washington, DC: What is it about the rise of DC food trucks? Here are ten reasons that the sight of them on the streets makes me happy. Their presence suggests a less stodgy DC, one increasingly open to creativity and innovation. They’ve brought more delicious food to our city. Sometimes it’s food

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  • Pedestrian Streets & City Sidewalks

    August 12, 2011, Washington, D.C.: Several interesting tidbits in D.C. news this week examined issues related to our city streets and sidewalks. Each discussion brings to mind memories of my recent trip to Greece, where I was reacquainted with the benefits of Europe’s sidewalk culture and pedestrian streets. With this week’s 50th anniversary of D.C.’s first

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  • Apology to a Surfboard

    August 8, 2011, Washington, DC: Dear surfboard, Another summer is on its way out and again I owe you an apology. If there’s one thing I regret about moving to Chicago and then Washington, it’s that I’ve completely and utterly neglected you. This is no place for you, yet I’ve insisted you stay, landlocked and captive

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  • Murals of Washington

    August 7, 2011: Washington, DC: There are people who say the city of Washington is lacking personality. But it depends where you look. For starters, the city’s murals are evidence that this place has character. Many city murals are scattered throughout my old neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Woodley Park. Marilyn Monroe graces the corner

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  • The Color of Home

    August 6, 2011, Washington, DC: If there’s any one color that best represents home, I think it’s yellow. The minute I added this yellow tea kettle to the stovetop (courtesy of my stylish aunt), our kitchen was transformed from outdated to retro. Yellow just works. Yellow is a color that reminds me of the places I

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  • Perks of Small, Urban Spaces

    August 3, 2011: Washington, DC: One perk of living in small, urban spaces is that places like coffee shops and libraries and pubs become natural extensions of our living rooms. When space is tight, we find ourselves making better use of neighborhood haunts as second homes. There’s something comforting about lounging in these expansive public spaces

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