• Taking The Scenic Route

    May 14, 2012, Washington, DC: We don’t have all day, at least most of the time. And then there are days like Saturday when, well, we do. Do you take the scenic route then or do you mindlessly race from point A to B out of habit? Several years ago, a police officer stopped me

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  • The Allure of an Open House

    May 13, 2012, Washington, DC: Are you someone whose curiosity draws you into open houses? Someone who asks questions about the narrative of a place? The floorboards? The history? The windows? I inherited my open house syndrome in large measure from my mother, and on this mother’s day, I thank her for passing it along. With

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  • A Connecticut Homecoming

    May 8, 2012, Washington, DC: There are roots we work hard to grow when we settle into a new hometown and then there are others wedged firmly into the soil that we can’t seem to break. We returned to Connecticut this weekend for my high school reunion, refamiliarizing ourselves with the roots that took hold early on.

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  • Growing Roots

    May 3, 2012, In transit on Amtrak: It’s that time of year again when I vow to learn how to garden. On Sunday, I visited our neighborhood hardware store called Frager’s to pick up my annual supply of soil, plants and seeds. It was a sunny day and the outdoor garden shop was filled with

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  • Miles From Monday: Jackson, Wyoming

    ‘”The Grand”, as it is known to all who have had the pleasure to live under it, or ski beside it, or hike around it, or climb to the top of it, is more than the highest mountain in what many would call the continental United States’ most spectacular range. It is a magnet, a

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  • Cycling Hains Point

    April 29, 2012, Washington, DC: Over by the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial is a long, narrow slice of land, an island actually, that juts south between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Hains Point, home of East Potomac Park, is named after Peter Conover Hains, a major in the Army Corps of

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  • A Taste of Where We Live

    April 28, 2012, Washington, DC: Want a taste of my neighborhood? Here it is: My neighborhood is funny and filling. Today I spent the afternoon at an annual local event called Taste of 8th, assigned to take photographs for the organizers at Barracks Row Main Street. There’s so much food on these few blocks of 8th

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  • Just One More Trip

    “I could feel history and geography transforming me, and I fell stupidly in love with travel.” -Brad Newsham, from ‘Take Me With You: A Round-The-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home’ April 26, 2012, Washington, DC: I bought one more plane ticket last night. It’s for the final trip I’ll be making for the purposes of

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  • Miles from Monday: Beginning In Montana

    April 23, 2012, Washington, DC: Welcome to Miles From Monday, a new weekly travel feature on Neighborhood Nomad. On Mondays, we’ll venture out of the spaces we inhabit during our weekday routines and retreat to those that feel far from the start of the work week. If only virtually, from our offices and our desktops,

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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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  • Map of Mornings: Springtime on the Grounds of UVA

      April 15, 2012, Washington, DC: I took a long walk with friends yesterday morning across the grounds of UVA, beyond the Charlottesville they know as adults and back into the Charlottesville they knew as students. The University of Virginia in springtime is not to be missed at any age. It was admitted students weekend and

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  • Spontaneity in the City

    “Cities make it easier to watch and listen and learn. Because the essential characteristic of humanity is our ability to learn from each other, cities make us more human.” -Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City April 12, 2012, Washington, DC: That right there describes the draw of these places. These places allow us to crowd

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  • Bright Images from a Full Weekend

    “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” -Edward Hopper April 8, 2012, Washington, DC: The sunlight was pervasive here this weekend. Reflecting off the water. Bouncing off a bicycle. Obstructing a baseball high in the air. Shining on our Easter Brunch. This weekend, we saw our hometown

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  • Good Morning, City

    April 7, 2012, Washington, DC: Oh happy Saturday. There’s been a bit of a lull here on the blog, but we’re back in action and inspired by the promise of a great weekend. Water taxi service starts today. Free outdoor yoga on the National Mall gets underway shortly, followed by a marketplace, beer and sake

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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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