“Cake? For me?” I was a happy camper at age four.
When your birthday falls on or around Christmas, people tend to offer you sympathy, as if it must be your loss, being overshadowed, and most likely overlooked, by the grander celebrations taking place worldwide.
I was never bothered. For me, the lights, the […]
M.G. “Brad” Bradlee spent many a happy hour in boats in the wilderness.
I haven’t been able to summon the joie de vivre to write a blithe blog lately. I have my excuses, but who doesn’t?
Years ago when I considered it a lark to forge my own ‘get out of class’ notes, my […]
In retirement there’s time for whatever floats your boat.
Some years ago Robert Atchley, a gerontologist, published a paper about the seven stages of retirement. He described the honeymoon phase, the disenchantment that follows it, and the reorientation that gradually evolves. The paper was widely quoted, and boomers who expected to live forever blithely […]
Time is running out for the Nats.
It began so innocently.
I was working on a book in which softball figured prominently in the plot. As far as I knew, there weren’t many rules. I had no experience with the game, aside from a very brief attempt at playing on the girls team in […]
Paddlers revel in the Potomac.
Not with a bang but with a sizzle.
We haven’t set any records for heat this summer. Other parts of our fair nation have endured far more scorching than the D.C. area. But when it comes to the humiture, our sticky city claims the sweaty trophy.
Resistance is futile. […]
In the heart of the city a secret beach bubbles with fun.
Finally, on the brink of Labor Day, summer’s traditional finale, I made it to The BEACH.
Here’s what it didn’t have: sand, saltwater, the scent of sun screen.
Nonetheless, if you closed your eyes and listened only to the happy shrieks of […]
New York City filigree.
Our fair city has been pretty quiet of late, apart from the unending political jousting and the rising tide of random violent crime.
A lot of people try to get out of town during August, when the sidewalks sizzle and the mosquitoes never sleep. Others hunker down and find ways […]
D.C. has had record breaking rain this summer. Keep those umbrellas handy.
When I was a kid there was no Weather Channel. The idea that millions of people might spend a great portion of every day watching news on screens was a far-fetched notion, worthy of a science fiction story perhaps, but not plausible.
When I was a child I read a lot of fairy tales. Way too many, probably. The guiding principle in most of those stories was that truth and justice will eventually triumph over evil, that love will find a way, and that lasting happiness is achievable if you work hard enough.
These are […]
Unforgettable fragrance emanates from the nearly invisible flowers of the American linden tree.
If you are lucky enough to be walking almost anywhere along Massachusetts Avenue in the District this month, you can’t fail to notice the fragrance.
You might walk right past the blooms without seeing them, however.
The modest tiny […]