• Christmastime at Eastern Market

    December 29, 2013,  Washington, DC: My neighborhood wears this season well, from head to toe, beginning to end. It starts dressing up for the occasion the moment we down the pumpkin pie and return to Capitol Hill after Thanksgiving and doesn’t change out of its party clothes until now, in preparation for a low-key New Year’s

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  • Moving Days

    December 24, 2013, Washington, DC: We moved about ten days ago. For weeks, it seemed, carpets were rolled up, boxes piled sky high, and rooms smelled like cardboard. That’s largely the reason we’re staying put this Christmas. There’s been so much in flux, a few too many loose ends to keep track of during the

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  • My First (Kinda) Real Neighborhood Snow

    December 10, 2013, Washington, DC: Snow day. Two small words that are just as exhilarating now as they were when we were kids. And this one was extra special because we hadn’t had one in full three years, perhaps since moving to Capitol Hill. We had no documentation of Barracks Row or Lincoln Park or Eastern Market

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  • Lincoln Park, Early December

    December 8, 2013, Washington, DC: Apparently I have a thing for places called Lincoln Park. I lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago as a graduate student several years ago and spent many wonderful days before and after the temperatures dropped biking through the park itself to reach the path along the lake. These

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  • In My Element

    November 1, San Francisco: I wake early, just as daylight is beginning to spread east to west over Angel Island, Fort Point and out through the Golden Gate. The Presidio is growing louder by the minute, coming alive with the beeps and squeaks of delivery and construction trucks beginning Friday morning’s work. I’m still on East

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  • Someplace Happy

    October 26, 2013, Washington, DC: I picked up this letterpress print Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market and I am in love. Melissa of Grey Moggie Press sells them for various DC neighborhoods, from Brookland to Shaw to Logan Circle, and her work is simply beautiful. Some of it is also quite funny. I had to

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  • Churches of Capitol Hill

    October 20, 2013, Washington, DC: Ever walk past the same structures again and again only to look up one day and notice something striking? That’s the manner in which I’ve started to notice the churches of Capitol Hill. There are literally hundreds of them in this big old neighborhood, upwards of 20 within a six-block

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  • Shutdown in the City: District Blues

    “Unless somebody takes me out in handcuffs, I’m not shutting down anything.” -DC Mayor Vincent Gray October 8, 2013, Washington, DC: Imagine for a moment if mayor Michael Bloomberg was told that the great city of New York could not spend its own money unless Congress approved. Then imagine if Congress didn’t. Imagine if the only

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  • Glimmers of Hope on the Hill

    October 4, 2013, Washington, DC: For the last few weeks, our neighborhood has been surrounded by chaos. Three weeks ago, it was the mass shooting at the Navy Yard less than 10 blocks to our southeast, yesterday it was an isolated shooting outside the Capitol less than 10 blocks to our northwest. Between these bookends

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  • Shutdown in the City: An Ugly Sight

    “There have always been periods of crisis in Washington, but earlier in this century people of the capital could endure sweaty excitement that gripped the city for days because they knew these things had a way of subsiding. District of Columbia inhabitants, for example, could count on October… …In short, this was once an uncomplicated

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  • Same Old Song and Dance

    “They sat about in bewilderment as they sit now, and will again, saying to one another, “Was there ever such an extraordinary situation? Was there ever such another mess as we find ourselves in now? Was there ever such another set of dolts, knaves, and incompetents in command of our destinies?” The answer is: There

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  • When I Picture This City…

    “I’m one of those people for whom the visible world exists, very actively; and, for me, cities are like people, with souls and temperaments of their own, and it has always been one of my chief pleasures to associate with the souls and temperaments congenial to me among cities.” -Arthur Symons, Cities, 1903 Photos: H Street

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  • Here Is Where I Write

    September 13, 2013, Washington, DC: I write blog posts as I ride the Metro and wait for the morning bus. Words come more quickly as I’m traveling through the heart of the city, both above ground and below, and I try to put them down on paper or my phone’s little yellow notepad before the

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  • Endless Summer, DC-Style

    September 4, 2013, Washington, DC: Who says summer has to end so abruptly? Just because pools close and schools open doesn’t mean we can’t hang on, with as tight a grip as possible, to all that is good and happy about June, July and August. Outside this evening, my street is absolutely buzzing with the buggy

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  • The Summer of the Shared Bicycle

    August 10, 2013, Washington, DC: I am a saner person on a bicycle. There are strong arguments to be made for bicycling as a money saver, a time saver and a healthy choice, but the bottom line is that my blood boils less when I’m biking rather than driving and I actually enjoy getting from

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  • Fresh from the Farmers Market

    August 3, 2013, Washington, DC: Oregon is one of those places that feels abnormally healthy. Barring the crowds we encountered at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, the people in the beach towns of the northwest coast struck me as incredibly fit and focused on making careful choices about what they put into their bodies. Everywhere we

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  • Kerri’s Thoughts on Detroit

    July 26, 2013: There’s one Detroit memory in particular that novelist Kerri Schlottman recalls after all these years. Her childhood recollections of the parade at Hudson’s department store or a visit to the museum aren’t particularly clear. But growing up in Detroit’s suburbs in the late 70s and early 80s, Kerri saw the streetscape change

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