My family toured the Library of Congress last weekend, with alumni from Juniata College, our daughter's alma mater. The Library of Congress is in downtown DC, just behind the Capitol building (next to the Supreme Court). The LOC spans multiple buildings, but the one open for free tours is the … [Read more...] about “I Cannot Live Without Books” Touring the Library of Congress
The temperature today is 24 degrees above zero. It feels bitterly cold to all of us here in the DC region. I include myself in that "all of us." I'm no longer used to the sharp bite of cold. But I used to know cold. For ten years I lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I remember my first experience … [Read more...] about COLD
If you've read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, you may recognize the phrase "Artist's Date." It's basically a block of time you spend by yourself to fill up your senses and restore your creativity. Her website puts it like this: Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They … [Read more...] about An Artist’s Date
For the first time in my life I can say: This isn't my first Rodeo! That's because I went to my first rodeo a couple weeks ago, as part of the Loudoun County State Fair. We saw both bull riding and barrel racing. My husband and I arrived in time to take our turn on a mechanical bull. Heck, that's … [Read more...] about Rodeo!
The setting of our first Demolition Derby was ideal. Loudoun County Fair began yesterday and the site looked pristine. Set in the rolling piedmont, the dusk shadowed the hills which surrounded the fairgrounds. Even though weâ€™ve attended plenty of State Fairs (having lived in both Minnesota and … [Read more...] about Demolition Derby
One of the odd parts of being an unemployed minister is figuring out what to do on high holy days such as Easter when I'm not preaching somewhere. We decided to sidestep the problem by doing something entirely different: we attended a sunrise service (6:30 am) on the steps of the Lincoln … [Read more...] about Having It All
President's Day dawned unseasonably warm, here in the land of presidents. So Doug and I decided we should do something 1) presidential, and 2) outdoors. We drove into the District of Columbia to walk the monuments. As they say, whenever you have a good idea, you can be sure a lot of other people … [Read more...] about A Stone of Hope
Our daughter texted us, tweeted us, left phone messages, and emailed. I think she wanted to get our attention. She's been volunteering once a month to deliver groceries to seniors, and didn't we want to help? Really, how could we say, "Quit bugging me about your needy seniors when I have water … [Read more...] about We Are Family: Delivering Food to Seniors
Yesterday evening my husband and I went for a walk around the tidal basin, stopping for a while at the Jefferson Memorial. I loved seeing: ~ The cherry blossoms in the early stages. They are not only iconic, but also beautiful. ~ Groups of high schoolers in their spirit-wear, walking along in … [Read more...] about Reasons I Love DC
Here is what I used to know about Babe Ruth: 1) he played baseball 2) he had a candy bar named after him On our trip to Baltimore over Presidents Day Weekend I added greatly to my store of knowledge. For starters, I saw the room where he was born. I know that he was "incorrigible." He was put in … [Read more...] about “Ruthian”
The least sane part of the Rally to Restore Sanity was getting there. We decided to be good citizens and take the metro from West Falls Church. Hannah and her friend drove separately to the metro since they had some fairly extensive plans for afterward. The line to purchase metro passes wrapped … [Read more...] about Sanity Restored at the Rally!
Lovely weather here today! We decided to find a new place to walk in the woods, something with a little longer trail than our usual spot. We headed to Manassas, which was the site of two battles in the Civil War Â (the south called them First Manassas and Second Manassas and the north called them … [Read more...] about “War & Weapons” Theme Day