• Observations From 100 Posts

    November 30, 2011, Washington, DC: This morning marks a milestone: My 100th blog post. Not only have I made it this far, but the list of ideas for future posts is longer than ever. Funny what happens when you dip a toe in the water. What have I learned through the course of 100 posts? Have

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  • Views from Sasco Beach

    “It binds us and forms our lives in ways that we do not entirely understand, and yet we are unconciously dependent upon. The places you love will do that to you.” -David Halberstam November 27, 2011, Southport, CT: Today we biked up Harbor Road and down Sasco Hill, heading for sand and a glimpse of Southport

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  • And Finally, Connecticut

    November 26, 2011, Southport, CT: We expect Southport’s summer routines to be behind us now that it’s November. But today’s weather is just as conducive to croquet and bicycles as it was last time I was here — in May — for a girls’ weekend. Six months ago, we were mixing lemonade and beer, and blossoms were bursting. This

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  • Hometown, By Marriage

    November 26, 2011: There’s a charming red house in a town just outside Boston that I’ve just realized has become my newest home. I’ve married in. With a new family, I’ve inadvertently been graced with yet another place on the map that’s meaningful to those I now call family, with a hometown accompanied by years

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  • Ode to DCA

    “These places whose outlook matches and legitimates our own, we tend to honour with the term ‘home’. Our homes do not have to offer us permanent occupancy or store our clothes to merit the name. To speak of home in relation to a building is simply to recognise its harmony with our own prized internal

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  • Perfectly Peregrine

    November 23, 2011, Washington, DC: About once a week, I stop into Peregrine Espresso by Eastern Market on my way out of the city. With each early visit, I grow more envious of my neighbors who spend the morning here, hunched over their laptops, strong coffee in hand, comfortably working in the bright shop surrounded by

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Sara’s Brooklyn Ballroom

    November 20, 2011, Washington, DC: Sara is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We met in the first grade in Baltimore, Md., stayed in close touch after my family moved away, and eventually became college roommates in two adjoining 80-square-foot dorm rooms in Manhattan. When Sara first emailed me this summer about her new

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  • A City Wedding

    November 19, 2011, Washington, DC: From across a busy 96th Street, I caught a glimpse of this wedding last weekend on New York’s Upper West Side. It was something I might have missed had I not happened to glance in that direction. On this noisy street between Amsterdam and Broadway, people were shopping for groceries

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  • Can You Keep Up With This City?

    “I carry the place around the world in my heart but sometimes I try to shake it off in my dreams.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald on New York November 17, 2011, Washington, DC: Last weekend wore me out. For the past few nights, I’ve come home from work unable to write and unable to think. New

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  • Back to College: Morningside Heights

    “There is no question there is an unseen world; the question is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?” -Woody Allen November 13, 2011, New York: I went back to school this weekend. After ten years away from Morningside Heights, I returned to the New York neighborhood in which I lived as

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  • Coffee, Corduroy & Morning Fog

    November 7, 2011, Washington, DC: This morning I am thankful for earlier daylight. I am grateful for a home that smells of coffee and is textured like corduroy. I am appreciative of apple cinnamon oatmeal and morning radio, and a to-go mug and a seat warmer and no need to dress up and this fog…

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  • Sunday Football & The Third Place

    “The character of a third place is determined most of all by its regular clientele and is marked by a playful mood, which contrasts with people’s more serious involvement in other spheres. Though a radically different kind of setting from the home, the third place is remarkably similar to a good home in the psychological

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  • Meet You Anytime You Want…

    “The rhythm of life is small-town and middle-class, which makes the town comfortable. What makes it yeasty is the cosmopolitan worldliness of its people. The man across the street has just gotten off an airplane from Karachi, and the fellow umpiring the kids softball game has spent the day over plans for putting a man

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  • Racing Daylight

    November 3, 2011, Washington, DC: There is a trail in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, that always reminds me of racing daylight. It dead ends at Tennessee Beach facing west-southwest at the Pacific Ocean. If you squint hard enough, you think you just might see the Farrallon Islands. The Tennessee

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  • Anniversary of Home

    November 1, 2011, Washington, DC: Today is our anniversary of home. It’s hard to believe it’s been only one year since we moved to Capitol Hill, harder still to believe we’re still so fresh off our short-lived experiment in non-city living. In some ways it feels like we never left Washington. In other ways, of course,

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