• Miles from Monday: A Place to Pitch a Tent

    June 2, 2014, Washington, DC: It was thumbtacked to a bulletin board in Eastport’s Leeward Market last week, just across the creek from downtown Annapolis. “Wanted, a place to pitch a tent… just a safe spot to sleep under the stars… my phone fell in the river so email is temporarily the best way to contact me.”

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  • Miles from Monday: Someplace to Float

    July 15, 2013, Washington, DC: A sandy beach is all we’re after. Nothing fancy, just someplace to float outside the city on a slow, hot Saturday. Somewhere that doesn’t require an overnight trip or Friday night traffic on the Bay Bridge or driving 115 miles to the nearest stretch of Atlantic coast. We’re looking for someplace

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  • Gaia’s New Mural on Barracks Row

     May 7, 2013, Washington, DC: Talented street artists Gaia and Nanook recently completed this massive mural on the side of a building in my neighborhood on Barracks Row. The newly opened Persian restaurant Tash and Asian restaurant Nooshi now feature this image of a woman with fish and fishing boats flowing into her hair, a

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  • Saturday in Eastport

    April 21, 2012, Annapolis, MD: We’re not in Eastport much anymore, not since we moved from Annapolis back to DC. Just across Spa Creek from historic downtown Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport as it’s called these days is a place with a rebellious spirit much like my birthplace of Westmount on the edge of

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  • Map of Mornings: Historic Annapolis

    April 20, 2012, Annapolis, MD: I arrived early this morning in Annapolis, my former hometown and current work place. I drove down our old street and paid a visit to the waterfront park two blocks away, where water taxi service used to deposit us home. It was quiet out there this morning as usual. A few

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  • The Ballpark as The Catalyst

    April 4, 2012, Washington, DC: I love this photo my friend Marjorie took at what was then Pac Bell Park during a San Francisco Giants game back in 2003. I love how the light hits the grass, casting long shadows onto the field. I love how just out of frame, kayakers paddled behind our seats in

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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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  • Remember That Winter?

    January 27, 2012, Washington, DC: It’ll turn on you without warning, the weather down here in the Mid-Atlantic. A morning like today’s — windows down… the temperature a balmy 61 degrees and rising… dark, severe, layer cake clouds luring you out for a long, warm morning run — and it’s impossible to remember what January is

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  • Anniversary of Home

    November 1, 2011, Washington, DC: Today is our anniversary of home. It’s hard to believe it’s been only one year since we moved to Capitol Hill, harder still to believe we’re still so fresh off our short-lived experiment in non-city living. In some ways it feels like we never left Washington. In other ways, of course,

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  • Baltimore’s Federal Hill: Views at Dusk

    October 28, 2011, Washington, DC: Earlier this week, I climbed Federal Hill to watch dusk fall over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. My return to Baltimore that day had been lackluster at best, but as night fell downtown and the city started to sparkle, I recalled the many good things about living here from 1984-1991. Only in retrospect

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  • The Ultimate Commitment to Place

    October 15, 2011, Washington, DC: It’s totally trendy, I know. But I’m among many city dwellers who are captivated by life on the farm, ranch, orchard and vineyard. We go to farmer’s markets. We select wines because they come from vineyards close to home. Over dinners out, we daydream about getting callouses working with our hands. We

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  • A Quest for a Baltimore Sno-ball

    August 15, 2011, Washington, DC: Certain places are associated with certain foods that just aren’t the same anywhere else. There’s nowhere in my hometown to get chicken parm sandwiches quite like the ones we ate at Rinaldi’s deli in high school. There’s nowhere in my neighborhood to get a bagel that comes close to those on

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  • A Nod to Solomons Island

    July 19, 2011, Washington, DC: There are places we know like the back of our hands (our homes, our neighborhoods, our favorite blocks) that inevitably matter most to us. But there are other places we may have been only once that — for one reason or another — become meaningful parts of our stories. Calvert County,

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  • Home Sweet Home

    July 6, 2011: One thing’s for certain: No one moves to DC for its delightful summer weather. It’s insanely humid today as usual. Too humid to exercise. Too humid to even sit still at a table outside. But it’s not too humid for a mere five block walking tour of the not one, not two,

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  • Rooting for the Home Team

    July 2, 2011, Washington, DC: One of the wonderful things about living on Capitol Hill, especially in the summer, is the neighborhood’s proximity to the Washington Nationals ballpark. And one of the wonderful things about the Nationals, (a blessing in disguise) is that they are not the Yankees or the Red Sox. Here on the

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