• My Top Ten Places of 2011

    December 31, 2011, Washington, DC: There was much to celebrate in 2011, and extensive celebrations meant extensive travel with family and friends. Read on for a personal top ten list revealing my favorite places to be a part of in 2011. 10. Charlottesville, VA: The list starts and ends with wedding travel, the primary reason

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  • Snapshots of Westmount

    December 30, 2011, Montreal: This is Westmount, technically its own city on the island of Montreal. According to my criteria, it’s a great place to live: It is walkable, it is lovable, it is cultural, it is social, and it is just a couple minutes walk from the heart of downtown Montreal. In 2002, Westmount was forced to become part

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  • Winter in My Native Montreal

    December 28, 2011, Montreal: If there’s one thing I’ve heard over the years about what it means to be from Montreal, it’s that Montreal winters don’t get you down. Nevermind the weather; those from Montreal get out. They go about their days. They are outdoorsy people passionate about winter sports. The evidence is clear in my parent’s

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  • Stories From Greene Avenue

    “I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I’m one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one.” – Christopher Plummer, actor December 28, 2011, Montreal: Nick’s Restaurant has been a staple on Greene Avenue since Nick Alevisatos first arrived in Montreal from Greece in 1920. At Nick’s place

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  • Bonjour Montreal!

    December 27, 2011, Montreal: What do you remember about your birthplace? Is it a place you stayed? Grew up? Learned to love? Loved to hate? Is the place you were born one you know well? Do you still call it home? Are your roots still there or did you dig them up long ago, letting

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  • Full House

    December 27, 2011, Southport, CT: If this house has a personality, a bold, boisterous, bright personality, it must live for weekends like that one. It must live for the surge in the electric bill, the sloppy kitchen counter tops, and the smells of soups and firewood. A house like this one must smile from ear

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  • The Long Way Home

    “What is home if the road that draws you away from it is more familiar, more comforting? Home is what you find when you get there.” -Colleen J. McElroy, A Long Way from St. Louis December 23, 2011, Washington, DC: And so it begins for so many people. This annual trek. This long drive home

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  • Winter Solstice in a Warm Garden

    December 22, 2011, Washington, DC: When we moved to Capitol Hill last year, we made a point to become reacquainted with the city’s museums and landmarks. They were so close, so full of history, art and ideas, and so something we’d never bothered to do as locals in Washington. We hadn’t set foot in many

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  • Shopping Local on Capitol Hill

    December 19, 2011, Washington, DC: Barracks Row and Eastern Market are not like Georgetown. We have none of the big box stores on the Hill outside of Union Station; instead it’s the food, the drink and necessities like the neighborhood hardware store that we tend to write home about. Still, there are gems within a

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  • 2011: A Year That Revealed The Power of Place

    December 17, 2011, Washington, DC: One year ago today, a young Tunisian man set himself on fire after police seized his vegetable cart, his sole source of income. His fellow Tunisians began the year 2011 incensed over the event and all it reflected about the country’s rampant unemployment. In January, they gathered on Twitter and Facebook, but

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Charlotte of Charleston

    December 12, 2011: Washington, DC: Charlotte and I first became friends at Hampton Pool in Maryland in 1984. We were summertime friends first, classmates second, and have remained lifelong friends ever since. Charlotte is now a photographer living in Charleston, SC. In addition to photographing weddings, (including ours!), she is a true neighborhood nomad. Photography is

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  • The City That Never Was

    December 11, 2011, Washington, DC: An exhibit now on display at the National Building Museum (above) reveals how this side of the city where we live could have been different. Instead of the U.S. Capitol anchoring national attractions at the easternmost end of the Mall, federal buildings and museums could have extended along an East Mall

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Christy and Laurie of Linden Hills

    December 7, 2011, Washington, DC: The emails started rolling in from my aunt Christy the moment she heard about Neighborhood Nomad. She had so much to say about her Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills. Christy described receiving soup from her neighbors on sick days and watching summertime movies projected at the rec center or on

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  • Lights Shining on the Southwest Waterfront

    December 5, 2011, Washington, DC: These holiday traditions of ours aren’t remotely political and yet those underway in Washington this week starkly illustrate the unusual dynamics at play every day in this city. The identity of Washington The City is forever muddled with and overshadowed by the identity of Washington The Nation’s Capital. While New York’s trends, traditions

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  • Holiday House Tour: Logan Circle

    December 4, 2011, Washington, DC: Logan Circle is a fantastic and historic neighborhood in northwest Washington just east of Dupont Circle. Older gay couples, young single professionals and families alike call this part of the city home; so do an increasing number of businesses and impressive restaurants springing up along the neighborhood’s 14th St. corridor as

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