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A to-be-read book, ‘Darjeeling,’ turns out to be so worth it

Too often books languish in a pile named, “I’ll get to it soon.” That’s what happened to Jeff Koehler’s “Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea” which has been gathering dust for roughly three years. … Continue reading

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Ikats! Ubiquitous but unknown

The next time you hit Crate and Barrel, or Target, take note of the ikat designs everywhere. If you don’t know what ikats are, go down to Washington’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art for the new exhibit, “To Dye … Continue reading

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A ‘March For Our Lives’ in Washington DC

They came from all around the DC area and from out-of-state – Minneapolis, New York State and more. They filled the historic Pennsylvania Ave and overflowed to some of the other streets. The March for Our Lives was not just … Continue reading

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DC’s morning meetings – Pence, Klobuchar

One of the great pleasures of living in the Nation’s Capitol is the chance to seeing  legislators in the flesh and hear their words without any media filter. This can be good or bad depending on your thinking. If nothing … Continue reading

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And… we’ve achieved a new TV

After dragging my friends out to Best Buy and having intense discussions with an employee (which degenerated into an agreeable political discussions because this is the Washington DC area), I ended up with a new television. What kind? Well, that’s … Continue reading

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The art of choosing a new TV

Since it’s January, when you’re paying for last December’s frivolity and are looking forward in sick fascination at the upcoming tax season, it’s time for your electronics to break down. I mean, would they choose to fail in anticipation of … Continue reading

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Three lives touched by one war — World War I

In 2015, I was laid off from my newswire job. Unemployment gave me ample opportunity to retreat to the family home to investigate an unexamined chest that, it turned out, held over 2,400 hand-written and typed family letters, postcards, marriage … Continue reading

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