• Miles from Monday: Hunkering Down

    October 29, 2012, Washington, DC: Suffice it to say this is no typical Monday. Already laundry is in the dryer and chili is on the stove. Crossword complete. Floors vacuumed. Leftovers gone. Nearly nap time. Hurricane Sandy is approaching my East Coast hometowns, and she’s making a longwinded entrance. Southport is evacuated. Wall Street and the

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  • Why Do You Live Where You Do?

    October 28, 2012, Washington, DC: When people ask me what my blog is about, a short answer is that Neighborhood Nomads delves into the question of why people live where they do. There are always a number of reasons, both conscious and unconscious, that a place “becomes home”, and I love hearing people’s perspectives about which

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  • Where To Get Unstuck

    October 25, 2012, Washington, DC: This chair by the window seems like a good place to get unstuck. There’s no tv back here by the kitchen and it’s mostly quiet apart from the low hums of city traffic and the washing machine. Soft lamplight and a softer sunset highlight the chair by the window that

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  • A Breathable Street on a New York Morning

    October 21, 2012, New York: I love mornings in New York, especially after arriving here at night and in traffic. In the early morning, Manhattan’s streets are again breathable and streams of sunlight barrel between buildings onto this city island. Runners dodge down near empty avenues while there’s still room. Night owls in pajamas slowly

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  • Washington, DC, A Baseball Town

    “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” -Bart Giamatti, The

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  • Miles From Monday: Colorado Chautauqua Association

    October 8, 2012, Boulder, CO: We took a morning drive today through the Colorado Chautauqua Association, some 1,700 miles away from the start of our regular work week. For many here in Boulder, this national historic landmark is a short distance from home and not far from routine: While a weekday might begin with navigating

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  • Golden Days in Steamboat Springs

    October 5, 2012, Steamboat, CO: You know you’re getting close to Steamboat Springs when bright yellow billboards begin to pepper the landscape. Every two minutes or so, another sign for F.M. Light and Sons blurs past, promising travelers Levis and cowboy boots, Stetson hats and Woolrich blankets upon their arrival in town. The store’s advertising is comparable

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  • A Walk Back In Time Through DC’s Chinatown

    I’ve visited DC’s Chinatown dozens of times — for games at the Verizon Center, movies at Gallery Place, and meals along that congested strip of 7th St. — but I’d never seen it quite like I did last Thursday when I took a walk back in time with DC resident Easten Law. Easten has a

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