• Miles From Monday: Moreton Island

      “Oh, it was very seductive, this tropical thing. Papaya juice in the morning, a chatter of birds, a warm breeze, the changeless rhythm of blue skies and surf pounding, sunsets, nights sprinkled with moonlight. A man could get lost in all this, he thought. A man would need a strong will to keep from

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  • Celebrating Fall on Barracks Row

    September 23, 2012, Washington, DC: Look at this place! Yesterday hundreds of people swarmed to Barracks Row for the annual fall festival on our neighborhood Main St. What I like about this festival is its odd blend of elements. The Marine Barracks at the heart of the neighborhood’s geography and identity plays a key role in

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  • Miles From Monday: The Day We Kayaked to Lunch

    September 17, 2012, Washington, DC: The three King brothers opened King’s Kitchen in June on Connecticut’s Southport Beach. It’s a tiny shack with fish tacos and lobster rolls on the menu, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash on the playlist, and Adirondack chairs and picnic tables on the sand. It’s a spot where books are strewn

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  • Room For a Fresh Start

    “We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.” -Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness September 16 2012, Washington, DC: I had the good fortune to spend last week in several of the rooms I love, tightly clutching summer’s end before

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  • What Summer Brought to Capitol Hill

    September 6, 2012, Washington, DC: Peaches, salsa, oysters, tortillas and more arrived in abundance this summer in our neighborhood on Capitol Hill. While every season in the city brings change, this time most of it revolved around the smell, sight and taste of food. If last summer was our summer of sweets, this summer was our

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  • Our City is Winning. In September.

    “For my part I am never more at home in America than at a baseball game like this in Clark Griffith’s gem of a field, gem small, in beautiful weather in the capital of the country and my side winning.” -From Robert Frost’s 1956 essay on baseball for Sports Illustrated September 4, 2012, Washington, DC:

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  • Miles From Monday: Virginia Vineyards

    September 3, 2012, Washington, DC: There’s not a single stoplight in all of Rappahannock County, Jim tells us as we finish our $4 wine tastings in the barn at Sharp Rock Vineyards. There’s also a zoning law that protects the county from the dreaded sprawl and subdivisions, he explains: Just one new dwelling is permitted on

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  • Portrait of Home: Sunday Morning

    September 2, 2012, Washington, DC: Sunday morning. Labor day weekend. Time to put our feet up and finish a book, buy fresh tomatoes and greens around the corner at Eastern Market, get the bike repaired, go for a run on a still too humid September morning. This is what home looks like these days, morning

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