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DC Museum Blitz Made Easy

If your bucket list includes visiting the Smithsonian museums and the war memorials in DC, I now have lots of suggestions! Here is everything I learned. Narrow down your trip to the National Mall area. From there you can see everything: the Capital Building, White House, museums, archives (Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc), and all…

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Cherry Blossoms

My trip to DC was a walking on cement for many miles each day kind of trip. I knew that I was in for a big change from my sandy haven on Dauphin Island, and I was prepared: good, warm walking shoes and heavy socks with extra padding. The shoes, really zip-up, waterproof leather booties,…

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First Time Using Airbnb

My first Airbnb experience was wonderful, overall. The only problem was my naiveté around what I expected for $25/night in the DC area (College Park, MD). The house was a bit dumpy due to deferred maintenance. In fact, inside and out, the home was exactly like a college kid’s pad. Cheap furniture, aging paint, crummy…

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DC Museums

So I walked to the Metro station and headed out to see the quilts at the Museum of American History (AH) I had one train transfer and it was fine. Up the steps from the Smithsonian Station and I am on the National Mall at last.  I was close to the Washington Monument, the Capitol…

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Train Trip and More!

Twenty-six hours after boarding a train near New Orleans, I arrived in Washington, DC. Forty years ago I took an around the country trip by Amtrak and what a change between now and then. The high-backed seats in coach recline and the space between rows is about double that of airplanes, which made sleeping more…

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Sunday Reflection: A More Realistic Jesus

  I hear this too often: Jesus was always gentle in speech and kind-hearted. He lived a perfect life, with God’s wisdom as his guide. And if we want to be Christ-like (the goal of every Christian) we should be like him – gentle, steeped in wisdom, living in love, compassionate. “Always” is the part I…

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Waves of Water

Small songbirds are starting to build nests in the tall pine snags as spring dawns in the southeastern US. Spring! Spring! And, so I leave my sweet island on February 21. I will be ready to roll after two months of easy winter life in Bama but will cherish memories of the two Mardi Gras…