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Flying Circus

We made a discovery last Sunday, when Mark and I went out for a drive in our little convertible. In the Virginia countryside north of the town of Orange, Virginia is an old-fashioned barnstorming air show– The Flying Circus in Bealeton, Virginia. Not Monty Python’s, but the real deal with biplanes and stunt planes, sky diving and wing walking demonstrations. . . . → Read More: Flying Circus

Happy New 2009

I’ve been to New York several Januaries now. (This was not Mark’s first New Year’s broadcast). Yet I’m always surprised how cold the city can be, temperature-wise. The people I find quite warm. . . . → Read More: Happy New 2009

The Soul’s Sunday

Yesterday was Sunday. Mark and I looked at each other after breakfast and said, “What will we do today?” Both of us had worked on Saturday, so it was our only day off together of the week. We look around the house, and the bathrooms need cleaning, there’s laundry to do, and the backyard is full of leaves that need to go down to the curb in time for a Wednesday pickup. But our hearts are saying, “Nooo! It’s a nice day! Go out and play!” . . . → Read More: The Soul’s Sunday

Mount Vernon Summer’s Day

On Saturday, Mark and I finally managed to get out to Mount Vernon for the first time in more than a year. We were excited to see the new museum that opened on site late last year. It has an amazing collection of paintings, household items, clothes and other objects that relate to Washington’s family, life and times. Basically, it’s a museum all about how great George Washington was. And what a worthy topic that is! . . . → Read More: Mount Vernon Summer’s Day

Kofi at Omega

Mmmm. Still haven’t come down from a week of yoga with a teacher I admire immensely. Last Sunday I returned from the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, where Kofi Busia was teaching. This came along at just the right time for me. To have the luxury of a full week where I had nothing else to do but work on my own form and strength was heavenly. . . . → Read More: Kofi at Omega

A Flood of Bluebells

Washington in springtime is most famous for its cherry blossoms, but I know something just as beautiful that you won’t have to share with 200,000 of your closest friends. Just a few miles outside the beltway on the banks of Bull Run are thousands of Virginia Bluebells, and they’re blooming right now. . . . → Read More: A Flood of Bluebells

Biting the Ear that Feeds You at the Jacksonville Zoo

Today it’s snowing. Again. Not that I don’t enjoy a bit of winter wonderland, but by mid March I’m thinking, sheesh. Enough already. It’s even harder since Mark and I were in Jacksonville visiting family over the weekend. Even there they were having a cool weekend, but we got out to the Jacksonville Zoo on . . . → Read More: Biting the Ear that Feeds You at the Jacksonville Zoo

The Hillwood Museum: A Great Place to Take Your Mom (or Your Dad)

My parents were visiting me this week. On this visit we were blessed with warm and sunny autumn days, and we took advantage of the weather to make a trip to the Hillwood Museum, one of my favorite lesser-known Washington attractions. Hillwood, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, is a charming little gem that feels very off-the-beaten track even though it’s in the middle of the busy Connecticut Avenue corridor. Although it’s large enough to spend the better part of a day there, it feels intimate and manageable compared to the enormous and busy museums down on the mall. . . . → Read More: The Hillwood Museum: A Great Place to Take Your Mom (or Your Dad)