• Hidden Beauty & Unnoticed Oddities

    February 28, 2012, Washington, DC: We tend to see it when we travel, but not so much when we return back home. Hidden beauty just around the corner. Unnoticed oddities right under our noses. Rarities we tend to forget are not the norm as they gradually become a steady part of our everyday scene. We

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  • A Tribute to the Local Movie Theater

    February 25, 2012, Washington, DC: As celebrities prepare to pile into the Kodak Theater for tomorrow night’s Oscars, it seems like a good time to pay tribute to our tiny old neighborhood movie theaters — local joints that kept us close to home, burrowed into a cramped seat surrounded by fantastic ornamental decor, for a Sunday

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  • Finding Balance in San Francisco

    “The sea and pine scented air fills me with hope and the belief that all men and women are made better by a visit to this place. The dream of San Francisco is that humanity might live in harmony with nature but at the same time enjoy the benefits of civilization. Call yourself down through

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  • Coastal Grays: Pacific Edition

    February 21, 2012, San Francisco: I wake up early this morning in a land of grayscale. Cold fog lingers here on the hill on this south slope of Broderick. The severity of San Francisco’s colors have all but disappeared. This place can change on a dime. It won’t last, I know that by now. But I recall too that

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  • Map of Mornings: Polk Street

    “San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.” -William Saroyan February 20, 2012, San Francisco: I have the strangest feeling here this morning. I have a feeling I’ve written this post

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  • On The Slopes of Mt. Tam

    February 20, 2012, San Francisco, CA: We take the high road, the Sun Trail, at its intersection with the Dipsea, winding our way to the wide wooden porch of the Tourist Club along the slopes of Mt. Tam. I gravitate towards the narrow dirt paths that weave through the landscape north of San Francisco, especially this

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  • My Happy Place

    February 18, 2012, San Francisco: This place is not normal. Did we know that when we lived here? I think so. I hope so. I can’t remember. When we lived here back then, did we ever get used to those vistas like the one today atop the Baker Street steps? Did we know how strikingly beautiful our

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  • A Neighborhood Valentine

    “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like Valentine. As a sentimental concept, “neighborhood” is harmful to city planning. It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town or suburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” -Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American

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  • Phases of City Living

    February 12, 2012, Washington, DC: Do you think you might outgrow your neighborhood as you get older? Or that it suits you now that you’re settled but would never have suited your younger self? Does the place you call home appeal to you as you envision yourself in various stages of life? Is it big enough

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: The Adventures of Lesley

    February 10, 2012, Washington, DC: Lesley is a spontaneous nomad who is at home traveling the world. She will pick up and head out at the drop of a hat, beckoned by extreme adventure. Lesley chronicles her adventures on her blog and agreed to give us a bit of the back story about home base and beyond.

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  • What is the State of Your City?

    February 7, 2012, Washington, DC: My neighbors on Capitol Hill are well-versed in the state of the union. This is, after all, a city overflowing with smart people dedicated to national and international issues. Countless Washingtonians spend their days focused on federal and/or global policy, whether working in Congress, on K St., for non-profits or within

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  • Hometown Pride: Superbowl Edition

    February 5, 2012, Washington, DC: Allegiance. Rivalry. Loyalty. Pride. They are big, heavy, meaty words. They are words that will bring grown men to tears tonight while others strike a match, light a cigar, and exhale with a certainty that says they never had a shred of doubt in their hometown team. In this endless

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  • On This Day: Queensland 2000

    February 4, 2012, Washington, DC: Where were you when? Sometimes it’s impossible to remember and other days it’s quite clear. On this day in 2000, I was standing right there in the back of that pickup truck on a Queensland farm, our host tearing through his fields on the hunt for a rogue pig causing

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  • Sydney, My Love

    February 4, 2012, Washington, DC: I have a hunch Sydney would appeal to my grown up self even more than it did to my college self. I’m certain one weekend spent in Sydney more than a decade ago was insufficient. I’m convinced it’s a place near perfect for the person I am today. If today’s me

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  • A Place to Play: Fraser Island

    “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson February 2, 2012, Washington, DC: It happens. We get older. We can’t find the time. We don’t have the money. We get stuck at work and we stop playing. Playgrounds all over the world are lost on us. And then we wake

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