• At Home in the Green Cabin

    August 31, 2012, Washington, DC: There’s a green cabin in the woods just west of Leesburg, Virginia, where tarts bake in a convection oven and jams warm on a hot plate. A morning newspaper sits under a designated rock outside, dropped off by the neighbor. Old hunting targets sprinkle the yard and taxidermy adorns the walls.

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  • A Real Live Social Network

    “Sooner or later, all vagabonds discover that something strange happens to them en route. They become aware of having wandered into a subtle network of coincidence and serendipity that eludes explanation. On tiptoes, magic enters.” -Ed Buryn, Vagabonding in the USA August 30, 2012, Washington, DC: In the days before Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, some

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  • Miles from Monday: Summer in the Catskills

    August 27, 2012, Washington, DC: I hesitate to say much about the communities in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York. They produce an impressively low rate of return in Google search results and I get the feeling residents like it that way. Those mossy mountain roads and precariously pitched homes and soft patches of light

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  • A Good Place To Write (And To Not)

    August 24, 2012, Upstate New York: I am at my brother and his family’s cabin in the mountains of upstate New York. It’s a big old cabin on a wooded mountaintop where summers are cold and it’s never out-of-season for a fire in the fireplace. It’s a house where gorgeous carpets lay tattered and past their

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  • A City Goes Out For Recess

    August 18, 2012, Washington, DC: The river was remarkably quiet Friday given the stunning weather. The beach volleyball courts between the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center were empty, the splash park in Georgetown enjoyed by only a happy few. The bike trail west along the canal was green and shaded and breezy, noticeably absent

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  • The Navy Yard Reshena Knew

    Photo Credit: Jacqueline Dupree August 15, 2012, Washington, DC: So often our neighborhoods are the settings for wonderful stories. They are places where we come to appreciate simple things like the comforts of home and the traditions of families, the value of community and the rhythms of our hometowns. But our neighborhoods are also complex landscapes that evoke

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  • I Heart My New Logo

    August 14, 2012, Washington, DC: Check it out! A beautiful logo for Neighborhood Nomads. I’m so excited about it. I love the font and I love the image of the girl on the bicycle on the double O’s. I love how it evokes movement, like she’s surely going somewhere. Maybe down the block to the

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  • Race, Gentrification and the Keys to the Corridor

    August 10, 2012, Washington, DC: Heavy topics, yes. But Rick Skinner will tell you a thing or two about Washington if you’re not afraid to listen. He will tell you that Howard University holds the keys to the corridor, that elderly black women are the keepers of DC’s history, that he himself is a part of the

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  • My Neighborhood is… Mysterious

    August 8, 2012, Washington, DC: Can anyone tell me the story behind these painted bricks? I’ve come across several of them this summer on my regular running and walking routes on Capitol Hill and I wonder who’s behind them. I wonder if the person who paints them does so in the middle of the night when

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