Tag Archives: Washington DC

Free to Be…

Because of various Independence Day road closures, my wife and I arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception later than planned. It was 11:59 a.m. as we approached the steps and saw a demonstration taking place. … Continue reading

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A Capitol Idea

This week, I’m remembering my Independence Day adventures from the past. Three years ago, my wife and I spent the day in Washington, DC before heading off to a vacation in the Northwest. After a long day downtown, would it … Continue reading

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The Pages of My Mind

Independence Day and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I love Easter and Christmas but those are Holy Days first, holidays second. This week, I’m looking back at some memorable Independence Days. Before moving to East Tennessee, … Continue reading

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R.S. We Love You

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was the number one song the week my sister was born. The Rolling Stones are still one of her favorite bands. Both she and I like the Stones better than the Beatles. My sister went … Continue reading

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Car-feine

Traffic in the Washington, DC area is terrible. When I worked at WAVA, I had a long drive home from Arlington to  Dale City on I-395 and I-95. On a good day, I would be able to leave work in … Continue reading

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Go Peep

The winning entry in this year’s Washington Post Peeps diorama contest is very clever. The Peeps are having a funeral for their friend, the Twinkie. Other Hostess cakes are buried in the churchyard outside. While the Post displays Peeps as … Continue reading

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Key Tagalog

The Italian word “papabile” translates to “pope-able.” Many Catholics around the world are wondering if their local cardinal might be considered papabile when next month’s conclave convenes. Even the secular site Buzzfeed listed ten of the papabile. People in the … Continue reading

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The Rockin’ Dead

Jon “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Anthony worked at WAVA for a couple of years before moving on to a better time slot at WZOU in Boston. I was sad to read on AllAccess.com that Jon died this past Saturday. When I … Continue reading

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20500

The pilot episode of “1600 Penn” was surprisingly good. I missed it when it aired a couple of weeks ago but I noticed that it was available on the Free Videos page on Amazon.com. It is also available via OnDemand from … Continue reading

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Bright with Glory

When the Washington Redskins won in overtime on Sunday, my home phone rang. It was Frank Jr. calling to express his excitement over the game. Meanwhile, my daughter had just posted on Facebook: “Forbath for the win!” My wife and … Continue reading

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Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful…

When Boy Scout Troop 630 held a flag ceremony to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they used a special “9/11 Flag of Honor” manufactured by Annin Flagmakers. The names of those who died that … Continue reading

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Go Figger!

The staff at Ticonderoga Farm in Chantilly, Virginia, was cleaning up from the  Fig Lover’s Feast when my son and daughter stopped by to purchase a few figs. They sent me the good news via text before they got back … Continue reading

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I Wanna Tell Ya

As a lifelong fan of Bob Hope, I really enjoyed the “Hope for America” exhibit at the Library of Congress. My son and I toured the Library after our Capitol tour two weeks ago. When I was a kid in … Continue reading

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Nosy Parker

Neither my friend nor I had any change for the parking meter. We had searched for good restaurants on our respective smart phones and had settled on 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring, Maryland. Among other things, they are known … Continue reading

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