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  • Supercharge and Protect your Podcast Feeds

    Supercharge and Protect your Podcast Feeds

    Announcing Procaster by FeedBlitz Built for professional podcasters, Procaster extends FeedBlitz’s established RSS feed service, enabling power publishers to: ● Keep thousands of episodes live with extra RSS feed capacity● Securely deliver prem…
    - 35 days ago, 15 May 19, 3:11pm -
  • How to Take Your RSS to Email from Meh to Yeah!

    How to Take Your RSS to Email from Meh to Yeah!

    RSS to Email is a form of email automation that uses a feature almost every website has, though for some it’s a hidden feature: the RSS Feed. Utilizing the RSS Feed, you can send automatic emails to notify your subscribers of changes to your site,…
    - 75 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 2:16pm -
  • Getting Started with A/B Testing Your Emails

    Getting Started with A/B Testing Your Emails

    A big part of email marketing – of all marketing – is finding out what works best for your brand and audience. For those just starting on our email platform or those who are looking to change up how they make their emails, it can be stressful to…
    - 4 Mar 19, 5:58pm -
  • Should You Use Gifs in Your Emails?

    Should You Use Gifs in Your Emails?

    On websites, social media, and even messaging apps, animations are everywhere. Why not have them in your mailings as well? Marketing is all about capturing interest and gifs can be another tool in your arsenal. If a picture says a thousand words, wha…
    - 20 Feb 19, 9:00pm -
  • 5 Ways to Target and Shape Your Mailings with Groups

    5 Ways to Target and Shape Your Mailings with Groups

    Sending targeted mailings to your subscribers is one of the most successful ways to boost open rates, click throughs, and social shares. You’re sending content created specifically for those subscribers, using their owwn language, and based off the…
    - 14 Feb 19, 5:52pm -
  • 4 Useful Ways to Segment Your Subscriber List

    4 Useful Ways to Segment Your Subscriber List

    It’s important to not only have a subscriber list, but to understand it and make the most of it. What content brings in users? Why do certain users engage more than others? Who is under-engaged on this list, and how do you reach them? Cue segmentat…
    - 30 Jan 19, 8:19pm -
  • How to Make Popup Email Subscription Forms That Work

    How to Make Popup Email Subscription Forms That Work

    There’s a myriad amount of ways to gain new subscribers to your email lists, from subscribe-by-text to opt-ins during checkout. But one of the most powerful ways is to have an email subscription form on your website that brings itself to your users…
    - 10 Jan 19, 8:45pm -
  • Introducing a Brand New Way to Deliver Your Content

    Introducing a Brand New Way to Deliver Your Content

    File attachments are now available for single mailing campaigns and funnels! Skip the extra steps of uploading files to your site then linking them in your emails, by instantly delivering opt-in incentives, course materials, ebooks, slides and more.…
    - 10 Jan 19, 5:59pm -
  • Resend Email Campaigns Faster than Ever Before

    Resend Email Campaigns Faster than Ever Before

    Of all the new features and capabilities released with the new interface, the ability to quickly resend a mailing lands in the top 3. Leading to higher open rates and greater engagement, this capability adds an entirely new layer to your email market…
    - 27 Dec 18, 4:57pm -
  • Using Email Automation for Better Events

    Using Email Automation for Better Events

    Events are a great way to grow your audience while increasing brand awareness. From the smallest webinar for a part-time blogger to an annual conference for a big business, events take time and energy to set up and execute. Each person involved in th…
    - 17 Dec 18, 7:53pm -

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Bottled Monsters

  • newIndiana Medical History Museum profiled
    Former mental hospital houses medical museum South Bend Tribune INDIANAPOLIS — In the shadows of old wooden bookcases sit jars filled with embalming fluid preserving decades-old brains that have signs of ... https://www.southb…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Jun 19, 3:12am -
  • NMHM and Dittrick curators on medical equipment
    Left to their own devices A look at the evolution of five now-essential medical tools. Friday, March 22, 2019 |by Lindsay Kalter, Staff Writer https://news.aamc.org/research/article/left-their-own-devices/
    - 87 days ago, 24 Mar 19, 4:37pm -
  • McGill honors Maude Abbott with a plaque
    After honouring 99 men, McGill medical building recognizes pioneer Maude AbbottRefused entry to McGill medical school because she was a woman, Abbott went on to work for the universitySarah Leavitt · CBC Feb 21, 2019https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/…
    - 22 Feb 19, 4:31pm -
  • NMHM sued for access to collection
    Innocence Project sues museum for access to archives on 'tragically flawed' bite-mark evidence By Debra Cassens Weiss ABA Journal February 21, 2019,http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/innocence-project-files-first-amendment-suit-over-denie…
    - 22 Feb 19, 4:29pm -
  • The Washington Post's Express paper reviews the National Museum of Health and Medicine
    The National Museum of Health and Medicine is a fascinating nightmare By Sadie Dingfelder Express January 17 2019https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/2019/01/17/national-museum-health-medicine-is-fascinating-nightmare/
    - 8 Feb 19, 4:33pm -
  • McGill's Medical Museum opens to public

    - 18 Dec 18, 5:43pm -
  • Excellent article on WW1 Chemical Corps experiments in DC
    The Chemists' WarOne hundred years after the end of World War I, the Army Corps of Engineers is still cleaning up the relics of experiments that helped develop chemical weapons to counter the Germans' gas attacks. By Theo EmeryNov. 10,…
    - 13 Nov 18, 8:27pm -
  • Civil War specimens scanned from NMHM
    Lab 3-D scans human skeletal remains dating back to the American Civil War November 1, 2018 by Brian Mcneill, Virginia Commonwealth University Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-11-lab-d-scans-human-skeletal.html#jCp
    - 2 Nov 18, 7:59pm -
  • Wayne Meyers, leprosy specialist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, has passed away
    The Washington Post ran an obituary for Dr. Meyers. A 1993 oral history done for the Museum can be seen online.
    - 12 Oct 18, 7:42pm -
  • McGill Medical Museum featured in local paper
    Restored museum unlocks McGill's medical history McGill Tribune The Maude Abbott Medical Museum provides visitors with insight into the rich history of medical studies at McGill as well as the rare opportunity to see ... http:/…
    - 11 Oct 18, 5:37pm -
  • Brain collection at India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
    Visitors Can Touch Human Brains at This Indian Neuroscience Institute It's like a petting zoo for organs. by Maya Prabhu September 21, 2018https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/nimhans-brain-museum
    - 1 Oct 18, 2:13pm -
  • More on the McGill Medical Museum and Gunter von Hagens
    Experience: I will be plastinated when I die The challenges I face are immense. Suffering from Parkinson's disease is like practising dying Gunther von Hagens Fri 21 Sep 2018 https://www.theguard…
    - 21 Sep 18, 7:31pm -
  • McGill University reopens medical museum
    Bones, brains, bladders: McGill opens body parts museum to the publicInteractive tablets will offer insights on the specimens, and "we'll also be telling the story of grave-robbing."Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette September 18, 2018https://www.th…
    - 19 Sep 18, 4:12pm -
  • Facial reconstruction photos on NLM's blog
    The National Museum of Health and Medicine also has thousands of these types of pictures.Hidden Faces of WW1: Maxillofacial Portraits Preserved August 2, 2018 https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2018/08/02/hidden-faces-of-ww1-maxillofacial-portraits…
    - 2 Aug 18, 3:23pm -
  • July 23: Medical Museum Science Cafe: Confronting "Shell Shock": The American Experience during World War I
    You are cordially invited to attend the following lecture to be held at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 6-7 p.m. Confronting "Shell Shock": The American Exper…
    - 24 Jul 18, 12:49am -
  • NMHM archives cited in Washington City Paper article
    LGBTQ People Suffered Traumatic Treatments at St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Mentally Ill[in print as Asylum Seekers]. "This is coercive federal psychiatry. ...This…
    - 1 Jun 18, 7:27pm -
  • NY Times photo essay on medical tools
    Photos of Gynecological Tools From Centuries PastBy Remy TuminApril 16, 2018https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/lens/historical-gynecological-tools.htmlAnd the photographer's website is : https://www.lindseybeal.com/parturition/Thanks to Alan Hawk of…
    - 17 Apr 18, 3:06pm -
  • Mutter Museum featured in Washington Post
    In Philadelphia, a medical museum puts the human body on display By Liz Langley Washington Post February 8 2018https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-philadelphia-a-medical-museum-puts-the-human-body-on-display/2018/02/…
    - 8 Feb 18, 4:27pm -
  • John Kelly of the Washington Post on AMM building
    Answer Man reconstructs the history of two very cool 19th-century Mall buildings Washington Post The medical museum was at 10th and E streets NW in a building that had ... Thus the remedy: a new home for the Army Medical Museum at Sev…
    - 6 Nov 17, 1:18am -
  • Cushing's brain collection at Yale
    In a basement on Yale's campus, a 'shop of horrors' concealed medical history By Bob Tedeschi @bobtedeschi October 31, 2017https://www.statnews.com/2017/10/31/brains-yale-cushing-center/
    - 1 Nov 17, 2:22pm -
  • Australia want's skull in Mutter Museum repatriated
    Australia seeks soldier's skull held at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Newsworks.org This July 12, 1999, file photo shows a portion of the two floors of the Mutter Museum, a medical museum in Philadelphia. Australian politician Lynda .…
    - 2 Oct 17, 1:26pm -
  • NMHM gets some executive branch interest
    Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence's visit to the National Museum of Health and Medicinehttps://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/25/readout-second-lady-karen-pences-visit-national-museum-health-and
    - 26 Sep 17, 4:22pm -
  • Minor Civil War medical museums article in the Washington Post
    A triage trail reveals the breakthroughs — and horrors — of Civil War medicine Washington Post My interest was piqued years ago during a visit to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, which is full of Civil War-era artifacts…
    - 8 Sep 17, 4:10pm -
  • Editorial on NMHM repatriation
    Op-ed: Mountain Meadows Massacre victim deserves better than anonymous burial Salt Lake Tribunehttp://www.sltrib.com/opinion/5480249-155/op-ed-mountain-meadows-massacre-victim-deserves The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) has…
    - 17 Jul 17, 1:55pm -
  • July 13: New National Library of Medicine history book premiere
    You are cordially invited to a public symposium to mark the recent publication of Images of America: US National Library of Medicine, and the simultaneous availability via NLM Digital Collections of the complete book at:  https://collections.nlm.n…
    - 11 Jul 17, 2:05pm -

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  • Oscar thoughts 2019
    This Oscar season is a tough one for me. I watched a very large percentage of the films and some that are total favourites were a bit lost on me and others I totally loved. Like I loved The Favourite (LOVED) but while the cinematography on Roma was b…
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  • Oscars 2018
    I apparently only update this page once a year now.It's OSCARS time!!As always, I tried to see as many of the films as I could, though I am sad to say I missed some pretty key ones, like Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. I did get to a lot of…
    - 5 Mar 18, 12:09am -
  • Oscars 2016
    Ah yes, it's that time again for me to take to my computer to make the words about the Oscar noms this year.I made a fairly big effort to see as many films as I could, but this year so many of the nominees are still in the theater come awards time. I…
    - 28 Feb 16, 11:45pm -
  • Pouring rain at the boring Oscars. I'm imploring exploring some changes.

    Pouring rain at the boring Oscars. I'm imploring exploring some changes.

    A friend of mine grumbled about the boring Oscars on FB yesterday. I took umbrage, partially because of the wine and partially because C’MON! It’s the Academy Awards!! I want to be there someday. And Patricia Arquette won! And Idina Menzel got to…
    - 24 Feb 15, 12:50am -
  • The Year of the Meta Film
    In a few short hours, I will be donning my finest sweatpants, cracking open a bottle of the best $12 wine, and commenting wildly on the shenanigans that are your 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS!Just for the record, I am rooting for Inherent Vice to win a…
    - 22 Feb 15, 9:22pm -
  • Interviewing Bug in Marie Claire, Part 2
    Once again, Buggie answers questions posed to someone else by Marieclaire.com.This time the questions are directed at Sarah Jessica Parker, who is starring in…. oh, she designed something for someone…  She was ANNIE! She shall always be a star!W…
    - 25 Apr 14, 7:34pm -

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  • Theatre and Glee and stuff
    The latest Glee episode is Rachel’s opening night of Funny Girl on Broadway. This is the culmination of everything we have seen this character do, and be over the course of the show. And it was beautiful. My New Year’s resolution this year was to…
    - 25 Apr 14, 5:10am -
  • 1945 was a long time ago...

    1945 was a long time ago...

    We came to the US from Germany when I was in Kindergarten. Somewhere in grade school, I found that kids would draw swastikas on my papers. I'd lose my mind, my Heidi braids flailing as I bit the offenders. Being German was, and is, a huge part of my…
    - 17 Jan 14, 7:17am -
  • Tased and Confused

    Tased and Confused

    I got a taser for my birthday. Yup. I asked for it. I have wanted a taser forever. Now that I have it, it lives in a box with all its instructional information and the battery removed. I’m scared of the taser. (I should be. It's scary. Watch these…
    - 1 Aug 13, 8:28pm -
  • Ghost Story
    My cousin died last week. He was born a year before my oldest brother was born. I'm aching for his parents, siblings, children, and wife. It's just not right for parents to have to mourn their child. I'm sad for his siblings who will never be a compl…
    - 31 Jul 13, 6:50am -
  • The last time I ever use Budget Rental cars.
    I went to Panama for my birthday. I was so excited! Got my hotel booked. Flights were booked. All I needed to do was get a car. I vacillated between renting a car, taking taxis, and hiring a driver to take us to the sights! (Yeah, I think I am high-f…
    - 18 Jul 13, 11:55pm -
  • Ugh, Again?
    There was another shooting today. This time in Santa Monica, California. I saw the headline in my newsfeed. I disregarded it. I'm over shootings, I thought to myself.Enough.The headlines updated and suddenly 6 people were dead. There was a mention th…
    - 8 Jun 13, 4:11am -
  • Untitled
    It's all anyone can talk about. How can some kid, and let's face it, the Connecticut school murderer was still a kid at age 20, kill his mother and then enter an elementary school intent on carnage? Not just an elementary school, but a school that on…
    - 16 Apr 13, 5:54am -
  • Marie Claire interviews Bug. (Sort of)
    Whenever I see a short interview in a magazine, I wonder what kinds of questions people would ask me, you know, should they decide that there are questions that only I have the most sage and witty answers to.So I decided to usurp an interview from Ma…
    - 5 Mar 13, 7:52pm -
  • Prude to be an American
    So, I'm in Germany. My mom lives near this spa. It's a pool that takes its water from a natural spring. It's warm and a little salty. That last fact is rather unpleasant when you just took a razor to your monkey legs in an attempt to be more presenta…
    - 28 Aug 12, 3:42pm -
  • My heart is breaking
    Ah, being human is a treat, isn't it? We beat each other up, kill each other, or just torment one another to the point of no return. Why are we so cruel?I was transcribing an interview with Nancy Pelosi who spoke about women needing to kick down door…
    - 2 Aug 12, 6:57pm -
  • Still here. Still tired. Still broke.*
    I used to enjoy talking to Rick. I had to lean in really close to hear what he said because he spoke so very quietly. He didn't smell all that great, which made leaning in less desirable, but boy, he sure knew a lot about a lot. Every now and then he…
    - 2 Aug 12, 2:23pm -
  • The process
    Hi!How are ya? I'm good. Finally worked my way through the first draft of my pilot TV comedy script. (Well, actually I think it is the 4th or 5th, but those were completely different stories, so I am calling this draft 1 because it is the first versi…
    - 2 Aug 12, 5:09am -
  • Ear worm

    Ear worm

    Man, so Carly Rae Jepson really nailed the ear worm thing. This song has captured everyone! So here are a couple of other versions. The Cookie Monster one at least makes sense (To me). Also, I want a cookie. I saw a peanut butter cookie at Panera the…
    - 18 Jul 12, 4:14pm -
  • Call me, maybe?

    Call me, maybe?

    This song, by Carly Rae Jepson, is taking over everyone's brain. I even find myself grooving out to it once in a while. It's catchy. But what does it mean? I like lyrics and song meanings and well, I have to admit that this song befuddles me. So, tak…
    - 17 Jul 12, 6:05am -
  • Untitled
    I miss writing on here. There's something to be said about working in a boring job, shackled to the clock. There always seemed to be something that was bugging me. Now I spend most of my time in front of the computer and the last thing I seem to want…
    - 13 Jul 12, 5:10am -
  • This has to be love.

    This has to be love.

    I think we should get married. I know this may seem out of the blue, but I find myself thinking about you all of the time. You just make things better. I like that you have a bit of a bite, but you're also a little sweet. I noticed that you are fancy…
    - 8 Jun 12, 4:02am -
  • (G)Rumble
    I don't feel good. I headed home from school today in a crummy mood, of which I lay the sole blame on the fact that the class I was supposed to teach at AU was canceled today. But I listened to XM Radio's comedy channels and giggled my way through th…
    - 27 Apr 12, 12:11am -
  • TSA: Totally Stupid Asshats
    Dear TSA,What is up? I am going to give you a D. (That's right, since I am officially an adjunct professor at the American University, I can grade you. I am allowed).So, I was just perusing headlines, as I am apt to do when more pressing things are t…
    - 26 Apr 12, 2:39am -
  • My non-used commencement speech.
    So I am graduating from Grad school in May. I got an email from school a while back asking me to write a commencement speech for them to consider. I did. I worked hard and made people edit it for me. I sent it in, and waited to hear back. They chose…
    - 13 Apr 12, 8:39pm -

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Bacon Unwrapped

  • BLT Cauliflower Panna Cotta
    BLT Cauliflower Panna Cotta by Elements at the Sanctuary Resort at the #DevouredPHX culinary festival.The post BLT Cauliflower Panna Cotta appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 6 Mar 16, 9:23pm -
  • Devoured Phoenix 2016 – Saturday Session

    Devoured Phoenix 2016 – Saturday Session

    There were some spectacular uses of bacon on display at the Saturday session of the 2016 Devoured Phoenix culinary festival.The post Devoured Phoenix 2016 – Saturday Session appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 5 Mar 16, 10:53pm -
  • Baconfest Chicago: April 30 and May 1
    The 8th Annual Baconfest Chicago will take place at the UIC Forum on April 30 and May 1. The event will feature over 150 restaurants.The post Baconfest Chicago: April 30 and May 1 appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 4 Mar 16, 7:56pm -
  • 2016 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

    2016 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

    We survived another Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.The post 2016 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 23 Feb 16, 11:54pm -
  • Friday Afternoon at the High Life Lounge
    No trip to Des Moines is complete without an afternoon of enjoying cocktails and bacon wrapped tots at El Bait Shop and the High Life Lounge.The post Friday Afternoon at the High Life Lounge appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 19 Feb 16, 11:13pm -
  • Bewdly Maple Bacon Coffee

    Bewdly Maple Bacon Coffee

    The smell of the beans when you open the bag is amazing - I'd be happy to have my house smell like that every day.The post Bewdly Maple Bacon Coffee appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 9 Feb 16, 9:47pm -
  • Buscia’s Bacon Buns
    Our halftime snack during the Super Bowl this past weekend were Buscia's Bacon Buns.The post Buscia’s Bacon Buns appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 9 Feb 16, 8:45pm -
  • Brunch at Bink’s Midtown
    Egg in a hole with bacon. A simple Sunday brunch with friends at Bink’s Midtown. ‪The post Brunch at Bink’s Midtown appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 13 Dec 15, 9:53pm -
  • Buckeye Bacon Bash
    The first annual Buckeye Bacon Bash – the biggest bacon event in all of Ohio – will take place April 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Scioto Downs Racino.The post Buckeye Bacon Bash appeared first on Bacon Unwrapped.
    - 2 Dec 15, 3:55am -
  • Lucky Peach: Drink Like a Pig
    “Nature, it turns out, is full of drunk animals…the animal that most resembles humans in its metabolic relationship to alcohol is the pig. In Australia a few years ago, a feral pig drank eighteen beers and tried to fight a cow. Modern Farmer ran…
    - 2 Dec 15, 1:08am -

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Been There Eaten That

  • Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant: On a Roll

    Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant:  On a Roll

    I must admit that until somewhat recently I didn’t have much of an affinity for sushi.  Of course, I’ve eaten my share of California rolls over the years.  Who hasn’t?  But honest to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 12:51pm -
  • Bombay Street Food: Can We Chaat?

    Bombay Street Food:  Can We Chaat?

    Asad Sheikh had a long-time dream to bring Bombay-based street food to DC and he has made his vision a reality with Bombay Street Food in Columbia Heights. The post Bombay Street Food: Can We...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 31 days ago, 20 May 19, 12:57am -
  • Bubbie’s Plant Burgers & Fizz: Not Your Grandma’s Burger and Fries

    Bubbie’s Plant Burgers & Fizz: Not Your Grandma’s Burger and Fries

    by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience NOTE: Bubbie’s is not open yet. They had a break-in that has delayed the opening indefinitely. I will update this space when they announce they are...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
    - 39 days ago, 11 May 19, 1:02pm -
  • DIRT Ballston: Talk DIRTy To Me

    DIRT Ballston: Talk DIRTy To Me

    There is a lot of growth in Ballston at the moment, particularly when it comes to casual (fast, fine, or counter) dining options. Add DIRT Ballston to your list, because you're going to want to get...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 45 days ago, 5 May 19, 8:14pm -
  • Sababa: Cool Collaborations

    Sababa: Cool Collaborations

    If there is one ingredient that is woven consistently into the food at Sababa, the one-year old Israeli restaurant in Cleveland Park, it’s tahini. The creamy sesame paste that is akin to peanut...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 55 days ago, 25 Apr 19, 11:38am -
  • New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB) 5: A Knock Out

    New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB) 5: A Knock Out

    Remember the days when you would have to wait for a restaurant to open before you could actually taste the food? Yeah, that’s no longer a thing in DC, thanks to Al Goldberg and Nevin Martell,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 68 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 11:06am -
  • Embassy Chef Challenge 2019: Around the World in an Evening

    Embassy Chef Challenge 2019: Around the World in an Evening

    One of my favorite DC food events is the Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge, where a Metro card rather than a plane ticket gives me a chance to explore cuisine from more than a dozen countries all at...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 73 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 1:52am -
  • Kaliwa: Common Bonds

    Kaliwa: Common Bonds

    I like Kaliwa with its jumble of Southeast Asian dishes. It's a restaurant rooted in tradition and the spirit of sharing, and the potential to create bonds between cuisines and its diners. The...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 75 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 11:36am -
  • Miami: The Heat Goes On

    Miami:  The Heat Goes On

    Navigating a vacation with six adults and two babies – both under a year old – is tricky for any family.  A normal family would select a destination and find lodging with a kitchen to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f…
    - 83 days ago, 29 Mar 19, 2:47am -
  • Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill: Countless Options

    Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill: Countless Options

    If you haven’t been to Georgetown to dine recently, it’s time. There is a crop of new restaurants to explore, including Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill overlooking the C&O Canal. The restaurant takes over...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my…
    - 99 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 10:54am -

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Pentagon City early construction 2
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Pentagon City early construction
Pentagon City early construction
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Metro workers build an escalator
Metro workers build an escalator
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Crystal City and Natl Airport aerial ~1973
Crystal City and Natl Airport aerial ~1973
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Crystal City aerial ~1973
Crystal City aerial ~1973
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Pentagon City aerial ~1973
Pentagon City aerial ~1973
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Rhode Island station rendering
Rhode Island station rendering
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Crystal City probably Route 1
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Potomac Yards 1997 rendering
Potomac Yards 1997 rendering
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Silver Spring transit center rendering 1988
Silver Spring transit center rendering 1988
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Shaw entrance rendering
Shaw entrance rendering
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Silver Spring transit center rendering 1988
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  • Who is Charlestongirl?

    Who is Charlestongirl?

    I learned the downside of not blogging yesterday. Saks Chevy Chase had a Tim Quinn appearance, and I wasn't invited. Beauty blogs have changed so much, I don't know whether I ought to attempt Round 2. So many of them have features I don't want to off…
    - 3 Jun 18, 5:21pm -
  • Remembering on Memorial Day

    Remembering on Memorial Day

    These photo say it all. Memorial Day is a U.S. national holiday when we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. If you have lost a loved one, please know that millions are pausing today to reflect on your sacrifices. We care. Tha…
    - 28 May 18, 10:16am -
  • My Tragedies
    I'm writing on my iPad, the only computer I have left. Last Wednesday, my house burned "down." Charlie and I were not there, thank God. I've had a very bad few months, as Alexander would put it (remember the children's book?).I had Legionnaires pne…
    - 18 May 18, 6:07pm -
  • December 7: Dr. Tina West Open House Sponsored by Michael Reinhardt

    December 7:  Dr. Tina West Open House Sponsored by Michael Reinhardt

    Fall colors are so pretty. I took this picture of a maple at Mom's, but it was a grey day, so it's dark. My apologies. I also apologize for missing the last few Friday Forums. I've had more medical appointments than anyone my age should rightly have.…
    - 7 Dec 16, 3:51pm -
  • The Friday Forum - November 11

    The Friday Forum - November 11

    Veterans Day - our opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. It's a very special day for many families and can be (should be) a day of recollection for all of us.Americans originally celebrated Veterans Day…
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  • The Friday Forum - November 4

    The Friday Forum - November 4

    Yesterday, I attended a makeup extravaganza featuring Tim Quinn from Giorgio Armani Beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase. It was crazy busy, but a blast. They were featuring Armani's new palette Eye and Face Palette Limited Edition Holiday 2016…
    - 4 Nov 16, 6:10pm -
  • The Friday Forum - October 28

    The Friday Forum - October 28

    The earliest trees are starting to change into their fall wardrobes here. There is a lone maple near my house that's glorious. I wish I could have stopped my car to get a photo, but I was afraid some looney tune would hit me. So, let's settle for thi…
    - 28 Oct 16, 8:09pm -
  • Victor dE Souza Believe In dE Impossible - Spring/Summer 2017 Beauty

    Victor dE Souza Believe In dE Impossible - Spring/Summer 2017 Beauty

    The Show For Spring/Summer 2017 "Believe In dE Impossible Collection," Victor dE Souza ups the ante by merging traditional couture techniques with themes popular with the millennial generation. Gender and identity are deconstructed and fluid, as the…
    - 25 Oct 16, 5:48pm -
  • The Friday Forum - October 21

    The Friday Forum - October 21

    As I write, a cold front is moving in. It will take away our glorious Indian Summer and bring cold, wind, and - from my perspective - the misery of late autumn. Within minutes, our day has gone from sunny and warm to a foreboding darkness. Plus, it's…
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  • The Day Before

    The Day Before

    I had intended to write today, but I spent the entire day running last-minute errands before tomorrow's ceremony at Arlington Cemetery, where Mom's ashes will be united with my father's for eternity.We are hosting a reception afterwards for friends…
    - 14 Oct 16, 10:17pm -
  • Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar

    Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar

    Tom Ford's anticipated Shimmer Shot ($45) launched last week. Available in two shades, Spin Spin Sugar and Lust for Life, it's a gorgeous liquid illuminator. Ordinarily, I would have purchased both shades, but in my new frugalality, I bought only Spi…
    - 11 Oct 16, 7:55pm -
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette in Caliche

    Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette in Caliche

    Last month, I was able to give you a preview of Rouge Bunny Rouge's magnificent Autumn Beauty Look, Rose Garden Melody. Now, after days of rain, wind, and generally miserable weather, I have photos of Caliche (#092, 49 euros) that I am happy to share…
    - 10 Oct 16, 7:04pm -
  • The Friday Forum - October 7

    The Friday Forum - October 7

    This has been the week from hell. I shouldn't complain. The folks in Florida are endangered, and the only big problems I have are a sinus infection, Verizon, and getting my 2015 income tax numbers to my accountant, an annual issue for me because my m…
    - 8 Oct 16, 5:15pm -
  • Chanel Collection Libre Synthetic de Chanel for Holiday 2016

    Chanel Collection Libre Synthetic de Chanel for Holiday 2016

    Chanel's Collection Libre is an unexpected holiday collection that celebrates the modern yet sophisticated elements of beauty. Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica experiments with striking contrasts - a clash of colors, textu…
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  • The Friday Forum - September 30

    The Friday Forum - September 30

    What a week we have had! It has rained every day, and I think our total rainfall is somewhere around 4-5 inches. I'm not complaining. We needed the rain, even though it kept me from taking much-needed photographs.Yesterday, I sat down at my compute…
    - 30 Sep 16, 5:37pm -
  • Victoria Beckham Collection for Estée Lauder - Eye Foil

    Victoria Beckham Collection for Estée Lauder - Eye Foil

    Yesterday was quite a day. Mid-afternoon, I went over to my mother's house to feed the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, and any other animals who might like what I served. As I went to get back into my car, I saw that my rear right tire was flat!…
    - 28 Sep 16, 5:39pm -
  • Victoria Beckham Collection for Estée Lauder

    Victoria Beckham Collection for Estée Lauder

    Victoria Beckham has unveiled a limited-edition color cosmetics collection with Estée Lauder. I introduced it last month, and then I promptly pre-ordered a few of the 15 pieces from Bergdorf Goodman. I'm glad I did. Most of the pieces are sold out a…
    - 28 Sep 16, 10:45am -
  • YASOU Moisturizing Hand Cream

    YASOU Moisturizing Hand Cream

    Days after the Fall Equinox, our weather is finally starting to cool off. Today, it is cloudy and cool at my house. It is predicted to be like this almost all week. We've gone from temperatures in the mid-90's to mid-70's, just like that.As the wea…
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  • The Friday Forum - September 23

    The Friday Forum - September 23

    Today, I spent the better part of my morning with Sarah Lavache, one of Bobbi Brown's best Makeup Artists, at an event at Nordstrom Pentagon City organized by Diron Carr, Bobbi Brown's manager there. Sarah spent about an hour working on my face, and…
    - 24 Sep 16, 12:18am -
  • Edward Bess Threads of Silk Multi-Use Powder

    Edward Bess Threads of Silk Multi-Use Powder

    Perhaps you missed it too. Edward Bess's Threads of Silk Multi-Use Powder ($45) was introduced when my mother was very ill. I was not on top of my game this spring. Fortunately, Edward Bess introduces makeup with staying power. If it's great, he does…
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  • Giorgio Armani Beauty Runway Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

    Giorgio Armani Beauty Runway Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

    Giorgio Armani is launching backstage makeup developed for his runway show - a look every woman can wear. Each new season for the past two years, the Armani Runway Lab has given Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani International Makeup Artist, the tools to…
    - 22 Sep 16, 7:12pm -
  • Coming Attraction: The Guerlain Shalimar Holiday 2016 Makeup Collection by Natalia Vodianova

    Coming Attraction: The Guerlain Shalimar Holiday 2016 Makeup Collection by Natalia Vodianova

    This coming holiday season, Guerlain invites you on a unique journey into the heart of the East with an eight-piece makeup collection developed in partnership with supermodel Natalia Vodianova. The collection includes a new Shalimar iridescent spray…
    - 21 Sep 16, 5:25pm -
  • Coming Soon: Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Color

    Coming Soon: Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Color

    Months ago, the day I sat in the Neiman Marcus Café taking photos of the upcoming introductions, I snapped this photo of five of the eight Rouge Allure Ink Matte Lip Colors ($37). This is certainly the year of the lipstick!The mark of your allure.…
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  • The Friday Forum - September 16

    The Friday Forum - September 16

    Do you like leather fragrances? Tom Ford's new Ombré Leather 16 Eau de Parfum ($225) is a nice one. It smells like a soft leather, the kind you'd like to wear next to your skin. I wore it one day and found it to be soft, long-lasting, and inviting.…
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  • Rose Garden Melody - Coming Attraction at Rouge Bunny Rouge for Fall 2016

    Rose Garden Melody - Coming Attraction at Rouge Bunny Rouge for Fall 2016

    Rouge Bunny Rouge has enticing Enchanted Garden news for you. Today their Autumn Beauty Look, Rose Garden Melody, launches and presents the two latest novelties, Skin Perfector and an Eye Shadow Palette called Caliche, for the new season.Celebrat…
    - 15 Sep 16, 6:14pm -

@BestthingsinBeauty

Better in Bulk

  • Supercharge and Protect your Podcast Feeds

    Supercharge and Protect your Podcast Feeds

    Announcing Procaster by FeedBlitz Built for professional podcasters, Procaster extends FeedBlitz’s established RSS feed service, enabling power publishers to: ● Keep thousands of episodes live with extra RSS feed capacity● Securely deliver prem…
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  • How to Take Your RSS to Email from Meh to Yeah!

    How to Take Your RSS to Email from Meh to Yeah!

    RSS to Email is a form of email automation that uses a feature almost every website has, though for some it’s a hidden feature: the RSS Feed. Utilizing the RSS Feed, you can send automatic emails to notify your subscribers of changes to your site,…
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  • Getting Started with A/B Testing Your Emails

    Getting Started with A/B Testing Your Emails

    A big part of email marketing – of all marketing – is finding out what works best for your brand and audience. For those just starting on our email platform or those who are looking to change up how they make their emails, it can be stressful to…
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  • Should You Use Gifs in Your Emails?

    Should You Use Gifs in Your Emails?

    On websites, social media, and even messaging apps, animations are everywhere. Why not have them in your mailings as well? Marketing is all about capturing interest and gifs can be another tool in your arsenal. If a picture says a thousand words, wha…
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  • 5 Ways to Target and Shape Your Mailings with Groups

    5 Ways to Target and Shape Your Mailings with Groups

    Sending targeted mailings to your subscribers is one of the most successful ways to boost open rates, click throughs, and social shares. You’re sending content created specifically for those subscribers, using their owwn language, and based off the…
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  • 4 Useful Ways to Segment Your Subscriber List

    4 Useful Ways to Segment Your Subscriber List

    It’s important to not only have a subscriber list, but to understand it and make the most of it. What content brings in users? Why do certain users engage more than others? Who is under-engaged on this list, and how do you reach them? Cue segmentat…
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  • How to Make Popup Email Subscription Forms That Work

    How to Make Popup Email Subscription Forms That Work

    There’s a myriad amount of ways to gain new subscribers to your email lists, from subscribe-by-text to opt-ins during checkout. But one of the most powerful ways is to have an email subscription form on your website that brings itself to your users…
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  • Introducing a Brand New Way to Deliver Your Content

    Introducing a Brand New Way to Deliver Your Content

    File attachments are now available for single mailing campaigns and funnels! Skip the extra steps of uploading files to your site then linking them in your emails, by instantly delivering opt-in incentives, course materials, ebooks, slides and more.…
    - 10 Jan 19, 5:59pm -
  • Resend Email Campaigns Faster than Ever Before

    Resend Email Campaigns Faster than Ever Before

    Of all the new features and capabilities released with the new interface, the ability to quickly resend a mailing lands in the top 3. Leading to higher open rates and greater engagement, this capability adds an entirely new layer to your email market…
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  • Using Email Automation for Better Events

    Using Email Automation for Better Events

    Events are a great way to grow your audience while increasing brand awareness. From the smallest webinar for a part-time blogger to an annual conference for a big business, events take time and energy to set up and execute. Each person involved in th…
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@BetterinBulk

Becoming A Gardener

  • The Polish Dendrological Society

    The Polish Dendrological Society

    This weekend marked the annual congress of the Polish Dendrological Society (PolskieTowarzystwo Dendrologiczne) in Warsaw, Poland. It was the first event I have attended as a member of this society. It was titled, Trees in the Shadow of Man, it was…
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  • Happy Humidity America!

    Happy Humidity America!

    This week I welcome my soon-to-be in-laws on their first trip to the United States.  In reality, I'm introducing them to a baptism by fire in the humid, swamp that is the hallmark of the East Coast summer. Considering that Europe is comparably less…
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  • One for one

    One for one

    Today was finally warm enough to plant seeds.  Looking through my stash, I chose snow peas.  They like the cool spring nights and should be ready to harvest in about 60 days.  Putting my hands into the dirt for the first time this year I though…
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  • Letting go

    Letting go

    When we discuss Autumn, we talk about Fall.      "Fall is the time of year when the leaves fall off the trees."  "Trees lose their leaves in fall," we say, as if the trees are stripped and naked in the freezing elements. Losing and falling are t…
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  • Too decadent for dinner

    Too decadent for dinner

    Autumn's GemsClose your eyes for a moment and imagine you are weeding. (I know this doesn't sound like the beginning of a fantasy but stay with me.) Every few minutes a sweet September breeze drifts by bringing cool relief from the autumn sun.  With…
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  • A Carrot a day...

    A Carrot a day...

    Actually other than "What's up Doc?" and something about the improvement of eye sight, I don't think there's an actual saying about carrots.  But for me, today was a carrot kind of day, as I harvested about 15 carrots that have been growing in my ga…
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  • Plants all day, Party all night (LGP and the N. American Experience)

    Plants all day, Party all night (LGP and the N. American Experience)

    Old Oak @ the Arnold ArboretumIn the second summer of the graduate program, we get the pleasure of going on a week long regional trip in North America.  We don't get to participate in the planning process and are not allowed to campaign for cities o…
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  • Harvest

    Harvest

    This summer I began a job at a 5 acre home garden in nearby Maryland. Various LGP (Longwood Graduate Program) grad students have worked in the garden over the past decade and the owner is convinced it is collaborative nature of the job being passed d…
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  • The Trees of Life

    The Trees of Life

    Recently I visited Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Mass.  Generally graveyards are sad places.  Representing loss--lost time, lost lives, mystery and even fear. Yet, in addition to those common aspects, cemeteries are also known to contain some of…
    - 27 Aug 13, 12:47am -
  • Belief

    Belief

    Spring is the cyclical reminder of beauty of the earth. Birth and rebirth happen each year without any help from us. If you aren’t a midwife, a father, a child, a pet owner or a doctor, Spring may be the only time you really get to experience natur…
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  • Like Diamonds in the sky

    Like Diamonds in the sky

    In grade school we learned about 'infinity.' In even toned voices, the teachers impressed upon us the concept that some objects are uncountable, some depths unfathomable, and some distances immeasurable.   Allowing a room full of 10 year olds to rum…
    - 28 Jan 13, 4:32am -
  • Autumn's Promise

    Autumn's Promise

     Fall has never been my favorite season.  "Fall" down..."Fall" off the wagon...Inspite of the beautiful color, Fall feels like an ending, like a heartache.  But this year I've been watching the color change more closely than usual.  Like the slow…
    - 26 Oct 12, 12:11pm -
  • Totally Seduced

    Totally Seduced

    From the top Photo by LAM Recently, I got the chance to work with Tim (the curator of Water-lilies at Longwood.) Since Tim's focus is aquatic plants, he does most of his work waist high in the lily pools. That morning, I followed suit, pushed my foo…
    - 1 Oct 12, 12:50pm -
  • Picture this...

    Picture this...

    There is a walkway in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens.  It's not a specific destination, it would be hard to direct someone to its exact spot.  I usually come upon it by accident, hurrying from one one place to another.  But when you walk in,…
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  • Naked Strength

    Naked Strength

    Oak at Mount Vernon byLAMWith nothing to read the other day, I eyed an collection of Tennyson's poems across the room.  Forgetting his genius, I opened the book to see if I recognized any of the titles. Turns out Tennyson wrote the Charge of Light…
    - 6 Sep 12, 1:45pm -
  • Light

    Light

    July 4th at U. DelThis year Independence Day fell during the week I moved. Surrounded by unfamiliar faces at a Turkish/Brazilian cook out, I might have been the only American at the celebration.  Luckily on the 4th, the fireworks provide a few momen…
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  • Car is full....so is my heart

    Car is full....so is my heart

    It's time to go.   Yesterday my dear friends helped me to fulfill number 42 on my DC Bucket List:  Go to Tabard Inn for brunch! On the menu are these gorgeous donuts with home made whipped cream that are not to be missed! So rich so fluffy, so del…
    - 1 Jul 12, 2:39pm -
  • Advice from a Tree

    Advice from a Tree

     I continue to be awed by the lessons we can take from the simple yet spectacular rhythm that nature abides by and shares with us. About a year ago, a beautiful poem was introduced to me by my friend Mary Lou (a fellow volunteer at the National Arbo…
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  • Rasika-Bonus Food Blog

    Rasika-Bonus Food Blog

    We sat at the corner table on the leftA few weeks ago, my partner restaurant critic and I met at Rasika's newest location in the West End.  It was a rainy Tuesday but I was not about to miss this meal after a month of anticipation (that's how long i…
    - 12 Jun 12, 12:32pm -
  • Cycles

    Cycles

    1st Year at USNAConservatory at LongwoodThis time of year, we sail though our days, time flies, we meet, we laugh, we are merry. We create, we observe, we're delighted.  But suddenly time feels like it is gaining on me. I stop short. Very soon I wil…
    - 30 May 12, 3:04pm -
  • Currency

    Currency

     The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long-run.  -Henry David Thoreau   I came across this quote from Thoreau and I felt a kindred spirit.  If I woke up 100 years…
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  • The Understory...

    The Understory...

    Enchanted Forest Norfolk Botanical Garden photo: L.A.M.Recently, while driving on I-95, I found myself delighted by the flashes of color in the woods.  Given a moment to look, it was the forest's diminutive beauties showing off their color for Sprin…
    - 16 Apr 12, 12:27pm -
  • My DC bucket list

    My DC bucket list

    Like a parade of hope, Spring marches into view, awakening our senses and redirecting us with her steady determination.   Revealing herself slowly at first, the white and pink Magnolias open on bare branches, floating their perfume on the still chil…
    - 2 Apr 12, 2:20pm -
  • Daffodils-a cheerful legacy

    Daffodils-a cheerful legacy

     rock creek parkwayEverywhere you look these days, there are brightly colored daffodils, cheering on the Spring.  Covering the hillsides, bobbing in the flower beds of all the neighbors, they charm us outdoors into the sunshine.Each time I see them…
    - 13 Mar 12, 12:48pm -
  • Until you succeed...

    Until you succeed...

    Orchids at the entranceThis weekend I attended the Philadelphia Flower Show.  This is the largest indoor flower display in the world!  It takes place for one week each spring in Philadelphia, PA.  Dresses, hats, store windows, jewelry, patios, eve…
    - 5 Mar 12, 2:29pm -

@Becoming A Gardener

BF Butler Photo

  • Workhouse Collector's Showcase
    Watch for more soon on this year's Collector's Showcase 2014 at the Workhouse. The exhibit is on display upstairs in Building W-16 in the McGuire-Woods Gallery from January 11 through the lottery-style auction and fundraiser on March 1.My donation is…
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  • Courtyard
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  • Balcony
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  • Flower Boxes
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  • Doodles
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  • Baltimore Farmer's Market
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  • Safe Passage
    "Safe Passage" Photograph on Canvas 34"x22"In her February 2014 "Safe Passage" exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington, Bonnie Ferguson Butler employs metallic ink photographs, photos on canvas, and pastels to explore various means of transpo…
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  • Earthling One
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  • Jefferson Glow
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  • Young Capitalist
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  • Entering Waverly Market
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  • Celebrate Fairfax Finalist: Heron Pond Table for 9
    June 6-9 at the Fairfax County Government Center...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • RAW Baltimore, TATU on Water St on June 6, 8-Midnight
    A Night Club Feel for a Gathering of Artists of all Kinds...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • Workhouse Gallery 902 & Bleeding Hearts as Prize
    Come see the new space of the Workhouse Associates! We are now in Building W9's Gallery 902  and we look forward to our first Second Saturday there this weekend 6-9pm.I contributed to this month's raffle fundraiser with Bleeding Hearts, an 8x10 meta…
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  • Best Chimneypiece Mantle
    Menokin Photography Contest, Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA (Honorable Mention in Architecture; Hullihen Williams Moore, judge & student of Ansel Adams)...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • Reassembled
    Menokin Photography Contest, Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA (First Place in Architecture; Hullihen Williams Moore, judge & student of Ansel Adams)...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • "Regioni d'Italia" portfolio at fotoweekdc
    My fotoweekdc "Regioni d'Italia" Uncover/Discover Portfolio is now available for your viewing. ...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • Last Look at Double Take
    With 34 pieces total, this is my largest exhibit to date. It comes down on Sunday at the Workhouse in Lorton!photography, either metallic ink or on canvasgelato flavors with a young Sophia Lorennight photographysome of the pastels exhibited...bfbutle…
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  • Double Take: Photography & Paintings of Italy
    My exhibit at Workhouse Building W-16 in Lorton ends on Sunday, July 1. A combination of pastel paintings and photography, it's a mini-vacation in Italy!Murano Bound20x24 photo on canvas...bfbutlerphoto.blogspot.com...
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  • La Pieta made me cry
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  • Vatican Tiles
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  • In St. Peter's
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  • Crown
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  • Emotional Tapestry
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Bike Crush DC


@Bike Crush DC

Black Girl Grown

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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    #reading RT @ABC: Happy Columbus Day: The Debate Continues With Calls to Modify the Holiday http://t.co/8LVwGrs7 # Something that you told me stayed in my head……Feel The Fire by Stephanie Mills. @Shazam http://t.co/MrHg76fc # I bet everything on…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    #nowplaying Michel'le's Something in My Heart. Always makes me feel some kinda way:-). # Today marks the beginning of #breastcancer awareness month. Ask the women in your life the important question, "have you had a mammogram?" # Black women have hig…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    RT @TIME: How much you should have saved by 35, 45, or 55 to ensure retirement security | http://t.co/rE912xhe (via @TIMEMoneyland) # #reading Beyond the Food Truck: 10 Offbeat Mobile Businesses http://t.co/4VLq0viz # RT @TheSingleWoman: Make changes…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    #reading RT @blackvoices: Cemetery of African slaves honored http://t.co/VwvEgRxv # Very excited to check out DC Dosa @startupkitchen_ Awesome concept! http://t.co/pcTHDsty # Keep your expectations in check. If you don't, you will be frequently disap…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    Cabs are stinky:-( # Temperature in #DC is perfect slumber/sleeping weather tonight. Might not make it past #MNF halftime. # There is no value in sulking. If you must, keep it brief. Then make a plan to overcome, dominate, and persevere. #notetoself…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    This movie scared the hell out of me when I was younger! –> When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) http://t.co/LwFwKT8u #IMDb # Dude painted himself to match walls in the house. Only saw him when he opened his eyes –> When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    Excited to be participating in @teamIMPACT's #impactTampa Always doing great work and big things:-)! # RT @bereolaesque: Keepin' it real is respected … but having tact is admirable. #Pleasantries # Hmmmm RT @kanyewest: If nigga is such a positive w…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    #reading @freep: #Wal Mart brings back holiday #layaway http://t.co/lNd4CrUd # I'm @Starbucks sipping on great coffee and #listeningto The Buena Vista Social Club. Quite the déjà vu. All happy thoughts:-). # #nowplaying Evaristo Quintanales' Guanta…
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  • The Week That Was: blackgirlgrown on Twitter
    Spent an entire weekend in Mississippi. Not a single mosquito bite. 30 minutes in my backyard in DC. I look like I have the mumps. # The fact that the State of Georgia is subsidizing this is depressing. #LAHHATL #LLHATL # #reading RT @VerySmartBros:…
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Black Gives Back


@Blkgivesback

Blarney Crone

  • Kitchen Drama

    Kitchen Drama

    It is leftover night. I chopped the last red onion–the only onion in the house–and sauteed it in vegetable oil. Poor thing, its salad days were over. I added two grizzled italian sausages, cooked, that have been languishing in the … Continue re…
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  • Belfast Bath Time

    Belfast Bath Time

    Malt and Cod Liver Oil does not seem to have been a feature of many people’s childhoods, but it was a big, sticky boke-inducing part of mine.  In Belfast in the early 1960s, we were served a heaped spoonful on … Continue reading →
    - 2 Sep 14, 12:25am -
  • Barbara Sheehan, late of Belfast 8: my childhood best friend

    Barbara Sheehan, late of Belfast 8: my childhood best friend

    We were both bossy, Barbara Sheehan and I. We made sure one of us was always elected leader of the many clubs we founded. We issued frequent orders to her little brother and my younger siblings, a surprising number of … Continue reading →
    - 31 Aug 14, 8:08pm -
  • Growing old digitally

    Growing old digitally

    My birthday was marked in a way that wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago: 78 greetings via Facebook; one ecard; an email; a what’s app message; and two text messages. I also received a parcel via Amazon, and an … Continue reading →
    - 10 Aug 14, 3:50pm -
  • Writin’ Dirty

    Writin’ Dirty

    I am pretty sure I have a peptic ulcer. Before you start with the lip pursing and teeth sucking and head shaking, I wish to stress that this is not a complaint brought on by stress; nor is it sparked … Continue reading →
    - 5 Aug 14, 12:42am -
  • I don’t got milk

    I don’t got milk

    I have failed the online Irish test set by Buzzfeed. I can’t sing the anthem, I don’t speak Gaelic and, perhaps most damning of all, I don’t drink tea. It is the milk that puts me off. I find milk … Continue reading →
    - 4 Aug 14, 12:03am -
  • Where am I? Who am I?

    Where am I? Who am I?

    My son has embraced a new Facebook trend and turns out to have a talent for it. In the last week, he has posted: I am so DC I remember dat if u had 3 buckets and 2 sticks u … Continue reading →
    - 26 Jul 14, 3:37pm -
  • Nominated for Blog Awards Ireland, 2014

    Nominated for Blog Awards Ireland, 2014

    The Blarney Crone has made it to the long list in the Diaspora and Humor categories for Blog Awards Ireland, 2014. Thanks to all who voted. Unfortunately, public polling is now ended and so I cannot urge you to exercise … Continue reading →
    - 26 Jul 14, 2:50pm -
  • Hot enough to set alarm bells ringing

    Hot enough to set alarm bells ringing

    The smoke alarms went off at 1am, waking me and probably the whole of Itchy Ankle. I tumbled out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen where I stood naked on a kitchen chair to rip the alarm from the … Continue reading →
    - 13 Jul 14, 12:16pm -
  • This week by the water

    This week by the water

    I am like a mother who can’t limit the number of darling baby pictures she will post on Facebook. I am as bad as the crazy cat lady who provides minute by minute updates on the lives of Squiffy and … Continue reading →
    - 29 Jun 14, 3:44am -

@Blarneycrone

Blonder Than You

  • nauti

    nauti

    nauti by suicideblond featuring blue jewelry
    - 12 Apr 15, 11:06pm -
  • ouija boards and valentines oh my!

    ouija boards and valentines oh my!

    ouija boards and valentines oh my!
    - 13 Feb 15, 4:16pm -
  • The British are Coming!

    The British are Coming!

    The British are Coming! by suicideblond featuring an edp perfume
    - 10 Dec 14, 7:15pm -
  • You are my Sunshine…

    You are my Sunshine…

    sometimes ... YOU have to be the sunshine you want in the world.
    - 25 Feb 14, 6:08pm -
  • Life Hacking
    if you didn’t have fancy cheese, a fresh baguette, and drink champagne with friends while dying your hair pink… and then pull on your sequined pants and attend a fancy soiree- and alledgedly afterward smuggle a few bottles of veuve clicquot & cup…
    - 26 Jan 14, 9:03pm -
  • She wants to lead.. the glamorous life..

    She wants to lead.. the glamorous life..

    sooo… I’m not saying my life is glamorous… but IF I happen to be snuggled up in a comfy bathrobe, curled up on the sofa with a cup of warm coffee and a tiny dog…while a lovely pair of ladies model vintage fur coats on the internets for me, fr…
    - 17 Jan 14, 5:32pm -

@Suicide_blond

Bloom Bars

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Bloom in DC

  • Yeah Write Me!

    Yeah Write Me!

    I wrote this piece as part of the Yeah Write Me Super Challenge. We had 48 hours to write on the topic of “discomfort.” (Of course, that meant about 2 hours before the deadline for me as...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the…
    - 11 Feb 17, 2:10am -
  • Inclusion Comes Home

    Inclusion Comes Home

    Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the f…
    - 15 Jun 16, 2:45am -
  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    I’m dedicating this VEA piece to the parents of  the Lower NW DC Education Collective – for their efforts to improve the quality of education in public school, and speaking up for those...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the…
    - 18 Feb 16, 7:31pm -
  • Pumpkin Thief

    Pumpkin Thief

    I recently found out that my friend Becky had her fifteen minutes of fame by writing a witty note to a “squash thief” who stole her two year old’s pumpkin from the front steps. It went viral. You can...This is just an excerpt from my new post…
    - 28 Nov 15, 7:49pm -
  • A Tribute to MJ

    A Tribute to MJ

    We’ve been having lots of Michael Jackson dance parties lately. Justin seems equally obsessed with him and Raffi, go figure. I realized I never posted this story from the VEA. Moonwalking with...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out…
    - 11 Mar 15, 4:47pm -
  • A Little Help Please?

    A Little Help Please?

    I’m hoping to get my blogging game back on, if nothing else as a way to include writing as a more frequent habit in my life. A neighbor buddy encouraged me to write more about our ‘hood,...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the…
    - 21 Jul 14, 6:39pm -
  • Serve and Protect?

    Serve and Protect?

    Here’s an excerpt from my latest column for the Virginia Journal of Education. Serve and Protect? Just before the dismissal bell rang, there was an announcement. “All resource teachers and...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out t…
    - 6 Oct 13, 1:57am -
  • Trash or Treasure?

    Trash or Treasure?

    It’s been embarrassingly long since my last post. My mind is often buzzing with new ideas for essays and such; but an “active” three year old boy, and a still not sleeping through the...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the…
    - 22 Sep 13, 1:33am -
  • The Truth

    The Truth

    My column from the April issue of the Virginia Journal of Education- To Tell The Truth Is a little fibbing really that bad?     This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out the full article on my blog. Thanks!
    - 22 May 13, 5:45pm -
  • Spring Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning

    Every season, I switch my closet out. In the spring, I put my winter sweaters in a big blue bin, and it goes into the storage space until the weather turns cold again. I try to purge, and create...This is just an excerpt from my new post. Check out…
    - 17 Apr 13, 7:16pm -

@Bloomindc

Blooming Dale Neighborhood


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Bla2222

  • Learning Patience
    One aspect of my personality that often challenges me is finding patience. I like results to come quickly, particularly if I think the anticipated item will be positive. A year after the publication of my Terry Bradshaw book, a notable reviewer on sp…
    - 25 Nov 18, 8:05pm -
  • Love, Simon Hype
    I so looked forward to seeing the movie Love, Simon, which we taped earlier in the week. I heard a great deal about how good it was from reviewers and friends that I expected too much. We are all familiar with that experience. The high expectations g…
    - 17 Nov 18, 7:57pm -
  • Bradshaw Offers Another Opinion
    Terry Bradshaw is never short on opinions and has no trouble expressing his. He jumps in on the latest Steelers’ concern over running back Le’Veon Bell. You can see this in my book on the former quarterback and in the piece that follows https://b…
    - 14 Sep 18, 2:01pm -
  • Procurer for the Stars
    Gay Hollywood: confirms things that my book Hollywood Bohemians gleaned through Hollywood’s own publicity.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/heres-a-surprisingly-touching-documentary-about-the-gas-station-owner-who-was-cary-gra…
    - 17 Aug 18, 4:50pm -
  • Economic Woes
    Sunday’s Washington Post contained several articles that illuminate the tough job situations that many people are facing across the United States. The quantitative data started with the low unemployment rate but quickly raised the question of why d…
    - 30 Jul 18, 2:40pm -
  • The Remains
    Studio Theater in Washington, DC featured a world premiere of Ken Urban’s play, The Remains Brilliantly staged in a high end condominium’s kitchen and dining area, the play begins with two gay men sitting in the room fraught with tension. The m…
    - 21 Jun 18, 2:28pm -
  • DC Rental Market
    If you are like me, you’ve asked yourself who is renting in the buildings going up all around Washington, DC? You’ve wondered how they could afford them and maybe what they did to earn a living. https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/young-but-no…
    - 18 May 18, 4:00pm -
  • The Shaq Brand
    Tonight on HBO’s Real Sports, they focus on an athlete who has successfully created a major brand for himself in today’s culture. Athletes branding themselves was the topic of a book I wrote last year. One of the biggest sports idols to create a…
    - 27 Mar 18, 10:51pm -
  • DCEFF’s Ocean Focus

    DCEFF’s Ocean Focus

    Tonight we saw eight short films documenting the conservation work on oceans around the world. One illuminated efforts to develop a screen that filters out small particles of microplastic from sands.   The fascinating discovery is that ocean current…
    - 24 Mar 18, 12:47am -
  • Book’s Travels
    Many of you already know that my latest book Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality came out this fall. I hired a publicist who made all the selections about the people and organizations that received review copies. When I…
    - 27 Feb 18, 10:48pm -

Bilerico

  • Turning the Page: Bilerico Project Is Ending

    Turning the Page: Bilerico Project Is Ending

    Almost 11 years ago, I turned my personal homepage into a blog covering Indiana politics and LGBT issues. A few years later as more and more folks signed up to join me here, we turned our focus national and Bilerico Project was born.We wanted to co…
    - 30 Jun 15, 5:00pm -
  • MUST WATCH: John Oliver's Segment on Trans Rights

    MUST WATCH: John Oliver's Segment on Trans Rights

    If you missed last night's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you simply must watch his segment on transgender people and trans rights. It literally had us shouting with approval in our living room.During a weekend chockfull of marriage…
    - 29 Jun 15, 2:30pm -
  • The 4M Strategy for LGBT Equality

    The 4M Strategy for LGBT Equality

    Editors' Note: Editors' Note: Guest blogger Warren J. Blumenfeld is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.I have mixed emotions as I write these words on this truly historic day when the Supreme Court…
    - 27 Jun 15, 4:25pm -
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

    In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts dissented.Writing for th…
    - 26 Jun 15, 3:04pm -
  • How Homosexuality Stopped Being a 'Disease'

    How Homosexuality Stopped Being a 'Disease'

    Editors' Note: Editors' Note: Guest blogger Warren J. Blumenfeld is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.We had been jointly planning our tactics over the past month. I and my compatriots of the Gay L…
    - 25 Jun 15, 6:45pm -
  • Hillary Clinton Releases New Campaign Video 'Equal'

    Hillary Clinton Releases New Campaign Video 'Equal'

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released a new video on Wednesday celebrating same-sex marriages. The video, titled "Equal," shows various moments, including a couple exchanging their wedding vows and a couple preparing for their marriage cere…
    - 24 Jun 15, 4:11pm -
  • Mike Huckabee Is Not a Closeted Homosexual

    Mike Huckabee Is Not a Closeted Homosexual

    During a Facebook Q&A, presidential candidate and far right nutcase Mike Huckabee answered questions from his followers. The results were predictably laughable.While Huckabee obviously had to know there would be some crazy questions asked, he seeme…
    - 23 Jun 15, 8:55pm -
  • LGBT Leader Will Be Indy Mayor's Press Secretary

    LGBT Leader Will Be Indy Mayor's Press Secretary

    Brad Jacklin, former Executive Director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus for the House of Representatives, has taken a position as press secretary for Indianapolis' Republican mayor Greg Ballard. Jacklin has also worked for the Human Rights…
    - 22 Jun 15, 5:45pm -
  • Evangelicals, Caitlyn Jenner, & Big Brother 17 [Weekly Reader]

    Evangelicals, Caitlyn Jenner, & Big Brother 17 [Weekly Reader]

    You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend we round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.SaturdayCan We Forgive the…
    - 20 Jun 15, 3:00pm -
  • Jon Stewart On Charleston Attack

    Jon Stewart On Charleston Attack

    Jon Stewart perfectly summed up the Charleston terrorist attack last night on his programming. "I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and…
    - 19 Jun 15, 8:24pm -
  • Robin Williams Gay-Themed Movie to Be Released

    Robin Williams Gay-Themed Movie to Be Released

    Robin Williams' last completed film will be released on July 17. The film is about an older man who falls in love with a young gay prostitute. Filmed in 2015, it struggled to find a distributor but nearly a year after the actor's death, Starz Digital…
    - 19 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
  • Caitlyn Jenner Scores Big Payout For Series

    Caitlyn Jenner Scores Big Payout For Series

    Caitlyn Jenner will receive the largest payout by E! for her upcoming reality tv show. The former Olympian will reportedly earn $5 MILLION for the tv show titled "I Am Cait."An insider reportedly told Radar Online: "It's the biggest paycheck ever…
    - 18 Jun 15, 4:50pm -
  • Rachel Dolezal Comes Out As Bisexual

    Rachel Dolezal Comes Out As Bisexual

    Some media are making claims that Rachel Dolezal's claiming "transracial" identity is similar to being transgender. Dolezal was asked in an NBC interview about the comparison and she stated she, "hadn't really thought about" the comparisons. She sa…
    - 18 Jun 15, 3:30pm -
  • Gay 'Bear' Couple Own JebBushForPresident.com

    Gay 'Bear' Couple Own JebBushForPresident.com

    Two self described "tech bears" own JebBushForPresident.com and have no plans to release it to the presidential candidate. The duo bought the domain back in 2008.Oregon residents CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater bought the domain originally to sta…
    - 17 Jun 15, 7:00pm -
  • Trump Gets Shut Down By Neil Young

    Trump Gets Shut Down By Neil Young

    "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America."- Neil Young when findin…
    - 17 Jun 15, 2:19pm -
  • Big Brother 17 To Feature First Transgender Housemate

    Big Brother 17 To Feature First Transgender Housemate

    Big Brother 17 will feature a first for the television show. Audrey Middleton will become the first Transgender houseguest to compete in the U.S. version of the show.According to the CBS's website, she is a 25-year-old digital media consultant f…
    - 16 Jun 15, 7:48pm -
  • Chobani Debuts Sexy Lesbian-Themed Ad

    Chobani Debuts Sexy Lesbian-Themed Ad

    Chobani has released a lesbian themed ad for a new creative campaign, "Love This Life," which aims to highlight "real, authentic moments in life -- modern American stories."Chobani told the Huffington Post that, "s part of our founding mission to m…
    - 16 Jun 15, 6:51pm -
  • Maddow Laughs Her Way Through Story on Franklin Graham

    Maddow Laughs Her Way Through Story on Franklin Graham

    Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham was recently outraged that a Wells Fargo ad had two new monthers learning sign language for their to-be adopted hearing-impaired daughter. After going through a rant on Facebook, he vowed to take all his money ou…
    - 16 Jun 15, 3:14pm -
  • American Airlines' Snappy Comeback to Anti-LGBT Tweet

    American Airlines' Snappy Comeback to Anti-LGBT Tweet

    American Airlines changed their Twitter avatar to a rainbow flag to celebrate Pride month, but one customer expressed his disappointment during a rant about poor service. The company's response was pitch perfect.Twitter user Nathan Lorick, director…
    - 15 Jun 15, 7:00pm -
  • Mexico Supreme Court Rules Marriage Ban Discriminatory

    Mexico Supreme Court Rules Marriage Ban Discriminatory

    "As the purpose of matrimony is not procreation, there is no justified reason that the matrimonial union be heterosexual, nor that it be stated as between only a man and only a woman. Such a statement turns out to be discriminatory in its mere expres…
    - 15 Jun 15, 6:03pm -

@Bilericoproject

Both Sides of the Fence

  • There’s No Place Like Home: Adventures in Wyoming

    There’s No Place Like Home: Adventures in Wyoming

    Part I “Yes, Valencia latte and a bagel with cream cheese, please.” I told the woman at the coffee shop inside the Colorado Springs airport. My east coast self saw bagels and even with the presence of breakfast burritos couldn’t override the ur…
    - 23 Aug 14, 4:28am -
  • Small Towns and Stuff

    Small Towns and Stuff

    A couple of months ago, I started traveling to very small town for work. I wasn’t at all familiar with this town until a co-worker described it to me. It was a coal-mining town, and that was kind of it. Oil, too. Some of the reading we found at the…
    - 23 May 14, 4:37am -
  • The Long Road to Somewhere

    The Long Road to Somewhere

    A little over a week ago, I made my journey all the way from the east coast out west to Colorado. We took the long route — Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas. More Kansas. More Kansas to the point that I thought…
    - 20 Aug 13, 5:42am -
  • Confessions of a Former Frequent Flier: Part 1

    Confessions of a Former Frequent Flier: Part 1

    The alarm goes off about a minute after I wake up, right at 3 AM. The sooner the better, though, because the cab will arrive in half an hour. And they don’t like waiting. Stumbling over like a zombie to the shower, I make a final assessment of what…
    - 30 Jul 13, 3:44am -
  • West

    West

    First off, let me say that as much as I proclaim my loathing for Northern Virginia and the DC Metro Area as a whole that there are many things and people I will miss dearly. Yes, I know how much of a mindwarp that is. I started this blog almost out o…
    - 17 Jul 13, 2:10am -
  • All Manner of Change

    All Manner of Change

    Hey there, world. There’s quite a bit of change going on around here. But for now, I’ll leave it at the fact that I’ve changed the categories on the site. You may have noticed this. By “changed the categories” I mean that I deleted all of t…
    - 11 Jun 13, 11:12pm -
  • Night

    Night

    Far, far away, in the rural land, where the property line straddles Nokesville and Warrenton, my Civic backs up in a friend’s driveway and rumbles down the gravel driveway to the closest main road. It’s really more of a secondary road, but who’…
    - 9 Jun 13, 7:05am -
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Living in Manassas Isn’t THAT Bad

    Top 10 Reasons Why Living in Manassas Isn’t THAT Bad

    As some of you recall, I used to live in the heart of Washington, DC. Like many people, I enjoyed what it afforded me: a multitude of things to do, (mostly) reliable public transportation, and an easy way to meet people and make friends. Then there w…
    - 23 Feb 13, 7:54pm -
  • Nanowhat?

    Nanowhat?

    I’ve driven this route a thousand times, usually to meet up with folks at Okra’s. Cutting through each of the good parts of the City of Manassas, route 28 rises into a giant hill cresting over the railroad tracks and falling right back into Old T…
    - 23 Feb 13, 2:29am -
  • Adventures in Austin

    Adventures in Austin

        Filed under: National, News, Travel Tagged: travel
    - 30 Jun 12, 11:45pm -

Bruch and the City

  • Flash Sale: $50 Off Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction Tickets Through Thursday
    Today and tomorrow you can get $50 off tickets to next week’s Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction! The auction includes cooking classes with some of DC’s best chefs, trips to spas and islands, and more. Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction is Food & ……
    - 7 May 14, 9:10pm -
  • A Heart Walk
    A couple of years ago a dear friend and cousin found out she was born with a congenital heart defect known as bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAVD). This meant she would have to undergo heart surgery. Being a scientist, she decided to document ……
    - 23 Apr 14, 4:47pm -
  • The Science of Bacon
    My love for bacon is a favorite running joke among many of my friends, and sometimes it results in us stumbling upon some entertaining bacon facts. These two finds come from my astrophysicist cousin, Summer_Ash. First up, a little science behind wh…
    - 21 Apr 14, 6:09pm -
  • Dining Out for Life Returns on April 24
    What’s better than an afternoon or evening out at one of your favorite restaurants? Knowing that your money is supporting a good cause. On Thursday, April 24th, more than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 100% of … Continue r…
    - 18 Apr 14, 4:44pm -
  • Brunch at Bistro Cacao
    On a recent rainy weekend I found myself on the northeast side of Capitol Hill with a friend, and we were in need of a comfortable place to sit and catch up on lots of business and life updates. With … Continue reading →
    - 15 Apr 14, 2:23pm -
  • Should you eat that bacon?
    Remember reading the the extra long section of comics in the newspaper ever Sunday morning as a kid? Consider this an extension of that, but bacon-themed.
    - 9 Mar 14, 1:28pm -
  • Wine, Cheese and Bacon Jam at Sona Creamery
    Two of my favorite things are wine and cheese, especially paired together. So I was quite excited to hear about the opening of Sona Creamery on Capitol Hill at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Little did I know that the … Continue reading →
    - 6 Mar 14, 12:37am -
  • Heaven in Dessert Form: Girl Scout Cookie Brownies
    My weakness for Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is almost parallel to my weakness for cinnamon rolls. And when the season hits, there are countless co-workers pushing the sweet irresistible cookie at my office. It’s for the kids, right? So … Continu…
    - 27 Feb 14, 2:04pm -
  • Brunch at Tel’veh
    Bottomless brunches are one of my favorite trends in the city right now. But, I recently ran into a snag with one of my favorites, which will remain unnamed. I will just say that it is part of a restaurant … Continue reading →
    - 19 Feb 14, 11:25pm -
  • DIY Fun: Lamp Making
    If I had cable I would be completely addicted to home improvement shows. And I would probably be broke trying out everything on my own at home. In the absence of cable, I have found a love for flipping through … Continue reading →
    - 19 Feb 14, 3:18am -

@Brunchgirl

Brunch Bird

  • Prom ‘95
    It’s prom season and every year around this time, as my Facebook feed fills up with pictures of friends’ kids …Continue reading →
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  • I’ve gone to look for America
    Last night, I headed downtown to watch Paint Branch Creek play a tribute show to Paul Simon at the Old …Continue reading →
    - 3 Nov 18, 8:48pm -
  • Vacancies in Vacaville
    In 2003, a few years after I graduated from college, an American Journalism Review piece came out called “Vacancies in …Continue reading →
    - 29 Jun 18, 9:39pm -
  • Take Heart, Hillary.
    On Tuesday night, as Sec. Hillary Clinton delivered a rousing victory speech upon having cleaned up in four key primary states, MSNBC anchor and …Continue reading →
    - 17 Mar 16, 9:36pm -
  • Hey, Progressives: Stop Bringing Fists to a Gun Fight
    I’m rarely surprised anymore by the disingenuous nature of arguments against gun violence prevention. But I’ve gotta give a standing, …Continue reading →
    - 28 Aug 15, 7:14pm -
  • Take It Down. Wake Up.
    When I moved onto the sorority hall my junior year of college in South Carolina, I inherited from the previous room’s …Continue reading →
    - 21 Jun 15, 3:27am -
  • 26.2
    My sister is going to run 26.2 miles and finish the New York City Marathon today. Wait. I don’t think you …Continue reading →
    - 2 Nov 14, 11:50am -
  • Ho Ho Hum: The 2014 Restoration Hardware Holiday Catalog
    Not sure when, but at some point in the past few years, Restoration Hardware became the company that appeared to be …Continue reading →
    - 16 Oct 14, 10:50pm -
  • “Margot Fonteyn didn’t have great feet.”
    Nothing good ever results from a charity silent auction at a child’s school. Earlier this year, when I won a …Continue reading →
    - 26 Sep 14, 12:48am -
  • “Every Thursday should end exactly like this.”
    My mind today meanders as it does every year not just to the obvious — to The Day — but to Aug. 14, 2003. …Continue reading →
    - 11 Sep 14, 7:23pm -

@Crkmccabe

Bubble Meter

  • The investment performance of REITs
    This graph shows the investment performance of real estate investment trusts over the past decade. As you can see, they plunged during the housing crash, but have since fully recovered and continue growing.
    - 21 Jan 17, 12:19am -
  • Robert Shiller wins Nobel Prize in Economics

    Robert Shiller wins Nobel Prize in Economics

    Yale Professor Robert Shiller has won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel:Three American professors — Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller — were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Econom…
    - 14 Oct 13, 1:21pm -
  • Why the prolonged economic slump? One word: Housing.
    Economist Dean Baker writes about a recent research paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland:The study goes on to note the extraordinary weakness in housing in this recovery and point out that this weakness could explain much of the weaknes…
    - 18 Aug 12, 2:20am -
  • S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index falls again
    In the first quarter of 2012, the S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index fell 1.9% year-over-year:Data through March 2012, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed…
    - 29 May 12, 1:57pm -
  • Housing recovery a long way off
    In a CNBC editorial, Michael Yoshikami argues that a housing market recovery is still a long way away:Housing starts were surprisingly strong this week, while there was improving sentiment from home builders. So should we start to breathe a sigh of r…
    - 23 May 12, 9:36am -
  • Why did America's housing bubble decline more than in other countries?

    Why did America's housing bubble decline more than in other countries?

    Much of the developed world (especially America and Europe) had a housing bubble. The Economist asks why America's fell so much faster than the bubbles in Europe:Perhaps the difference is institutional. American banks had poorer lending standards an…
    - 28 Apr 12, 4:53am -
  • Updated housing graphs

    Updated housing graphs

    I have updated my national housing bubble graphs to reflect the latest data available. It covers home prices from 1970-2011. It looks like U.S. home prices are fairly valued, although it varies by metro area. As I said in the past, I don't expect any…
    - 19 Apr 12, 7:13pm -
  • S&P/Case-Shiller national HPI shows 4% fall in home prices
    U.S. home prices fell 4.0% during 2011:Data through December 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended 2011 at new index l…
    - 28 Feb 12, 6:21pm -
  • Warren Buffett is a housing bull
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett believes housing is a better investment than stocks right now:Warren Buffett says along with equities, single-family homes are a very attractive investment right now.Appearing live on CNBC's Squawk Box, Buffett tel…
    - 27 Feb 12, 4:51pm -
  • Happy Valentine's Day, renters!
    We get no respect, no respect at all:In a survey of 1,000 single people, more than a third of women and 18% of men said they would much rather date a homeowner than a renter.Ouch!Only 2% of women said they preferred to date a man who rents, while onl…
    - 14 Feb 12, 11:36am -
  • S&P/Case-Shiller HPI down in November
    The November numbers for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index are out. The 20-city index is down 3.7% year-over-year and down 1.3% month-over-month:Home prices posted a steep, month-over-month drop in November, falling 1.3%, according to the latest…
    - 31 Jan 12, 2:39pm -
  • December housing starts down 4.1% month-over-month; up 8% year-over-year
    Housing starts fell in December compared with November. (FYI, housing starts numbers are usually seasonally adjusted.) However, they are up about 8% year-over-year. Keep in mind that we've had abnormally good weather this winter, which is great for h…
    - 19 Jan 12, 5:12pm -
  • The clueless Fed
    The release of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting transcripts from 2006 show how little America's top economic minds understand how leveraged asset bubbles harm the economy:As the housing bubble entered its waning hours in 2006, top Federal…
    - 16 Jan 12, 11:06am -
  • DC-area homes of the 2012 presidential candidates

    DC-area homes of the 2012 presidential candidates

    A bunch of websites are posting photos of the 2012 presidential candidates' homes, probably sparked by this Zillow Blog post. Here are the homes the candidates have in the DC area:Newt Gingrich7410 Windy Hill Ct, McLean, VA 22102Value: $1,284,400Rick…
    - 13 Jan 12, 7:18pm -
  • Zillow CEO on housing market

    - 5 Jan 12, 9:01am -
  • S&P/Case-Shiller Index falls yet again

    S&P/Case-Shiller Index falls yet again

    I was on Christmas vacation last week. Here's some housing news that was released while I was gone:Home prices fell for the sixth straight month in October, down 1.2% compared with September and 3.4% a year ago, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shi…
    - 2 Jan 12, 9:04am -
  • National Association of Realtors overstated existing home sales by 16.7%
    Last week I blogged about the National Association of Realtors overstating existing homes sales over the past five years. At the time we didn't know how much the Realtors overstated the numbers. Now we know they overstated them by 16.7%:Existing home…
    - 22 Dec 11, 11:02am -
  • Updated housing graph

    Updated housing graph

    I have updated my national housing graph. My metropolitan area graphs are still nine months out of date.
    - 21 Dec 11, 9:01pm -
  • Housing starts spiked in November
    Housing starts are up 24.3% year-over-year:Home building spiked up in November to the strongest level in almost two years, as record-low mortgage rates and a surge in apartment and condo construction lifted activity.Housing starts shot up to an annua…
    - 20 Dec 11, 6:10pm -
  • Mortgage lenders suspend evictions for the holidays
    Merry Christmas, delinquents! You get a free pass for about two weeks:Happy holidays struggling homeowners! Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and several large mortgage lenders have pledged not to foreclose on delinquent borrowers during the Christmas season.F…
    - 19 Dec 11, 12:00pm -
  • Realtors overstated home sales for 5 years
    The National Association of Realtors has admitted that it overstated existing homes sales numbers for the past five years:If you thought the U.S. housing market couldn't get much worse, think again.Far fewer homes have been sold over the past five ye…
    - 15 Dec 11, 10:28am -
  • Occupy Wall Street comes to your neighborhood
    The OWS movement is now protesting foreclosures:In more than two dozen cities across the nation Tuesday, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement took on the housing crisis by re-occupying foreclosed homes, disrupting bank auctions and blocking…
    - 8 Dec 11, 3:00pm -
  • Senators propose easier visas for foreign home buyers
    I am a strong supporter of immigration. There's no way America would have grown from a sparsely-populated wilderness to the world's sole superpower without it. However, this seems to me like yet another lame attempt by politicians to re-inflate the h…
    - 8 Dec 11, 2:07pm -
  • S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index declines 3.9% year-over-year

    S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index declines 3.9% year-over-year

    For the third quarter of 2011, the S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index was flat quarter-over-quarter, but fell 3.9% year-over-year:Data through September 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the lead…
    - 1 Dec 11, 7:32pm -
  • U.S. government goes after mortgage scammers
    It sickens me to see that some people will happily screw over people who are already in trouble:The federal government is cracking down on scammers who target struggling homeowners looking to lower their monthly mortgage payments.Hundreds of con arti…
    - 28 Nov 11, 2:25pm -

Bunny Cakes

  • Classroom Easter Treats: Jelly Bean Carrots + Bunny Tassels

    Classroom Easter Treats: Jelly Bean Carrots + Bunny Tassels

    I love making little favors/goodies. I will use any excuse and Easter is one of the best out there because it means cute little bunnies are a must. So for B's classmates I decided to throwback to an easy favorite,...
    - 3 Apr 15, 4:06pm -
  • Easter Cookies

    Easter Cookies

    When it comes to Easter I always feel the need to bake sugar cookies. It goes back to my days when I was fresh out of college and my roommate and I would spend the entire weekend making Easter cookies...
    - 29 Mar 15, 5:23pm -
  • Jadeite Bunnies

    Jadeite Bunnies

    Last year right around this time my obsession with jadeite began. For me the minty cool colors of jadeite are almost synonymous with Easter and Spring. Therefore my modest jadeite collection has a considerable amount of bunnies. In searching for...
    - 15 Mar 15, 6:09pm -
  • Octopus/Squid (aka Octosquid) Valentine's Day Cards

    Octopus/Squid (aka Octosquid) Valentine's Day Cards

    If you noticed I have not posted anything in a long time! Chalk it up to a crazy two year old and two busy tweenagers. However, if there is one holiday to pull me out from under the rock it's...
    - 1 Feb 15, 1:09pm -
  • Non-Fussy Easter Kiddie Table

    Non-Fussy Easter Kiddie Table

    Decorating the kiddie table at holiday times is always fun for me. While I may have one or two elements planned ahead of time, the act of pulling it all together is usually very last minute and experimental. This year...
    - 26 Apr 14, 12:47am -
  • Our Easter Eggs Over the Years

    Our Easter Eggs Over the Years

    This past week Martha put out a call for Easter eggs for her Good Egg Contest. If Martha calls, I answer. I dug through our Easter archives and created some new goodies to enter in her contest. Here are a...
    - 12 Apr 14, 8:35pm -
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Rewind -- Get Crafty

    Teacher Appreciation Week Rewind -- Get Crafty

    One of things I never posted about was last year's Teacher Appreciation Week. Our PTA does an amazing job planning out a week full of goodies and love for our teachers and staff--and let's all agree, they deserve it!!!!! My...
    - 29 Mar 14, 7:57pm -
  • Happy Valentine's Day

    Happy Valentine's Day

    Hope you get something sweet from your Sweetie! -K
    - 14 Feb 14, 11:00am -
  • Bottega Louie -- Obsessed!

    Bottega Louie -- Obsessed!

    I love Bottega Louie's *Valentine's Day Window Display*. I am seriously crushin'. They make me want to move to LA. I hope they open up something on the east coast, then I might have a shot at visiting them. Their...
    - 9 Feb 14, 5:35pm -
  • Heart Brownies--The Ultimate Dessert (and Valentine's Day Treat)!

    Heart Brownies--The Ultimate Dessert (and Valentine's Day Treat)!

    *Heart Brownies* are a staple in my house and at almost any gathering I attend. They are easy to make and they are delicious--crunchy edges with soft, gooey centers. A priest once told me they were 'walk on water good'....
    - 8 Feb 14, 12:44am -

@Bunnycakesblog

Best Burger in DC

  • DGS Delicatessen Rating

    DGS Delicatessen Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here Saturday night in Dupont with 4 guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 29 Oct 14, 12:29pm -
  • Untitled

    TKOWe visited TKO on a Sunday after touring tiny houses—so huge!   Actually, it was just a normal size, just felt enormous after the tiny, tiny houses.Nice new establishment located in a new development near the Rhode Island Avenue Home Depot. …
    - 8 Oct 14, 1:04pm -
  • TKO Rating

    TKO Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here For a Sunday afternoon outing, 4 guest judges showed up!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 6 Oct 14, 7:53pm -
  • Do happy cows make the best burgers? City Burger will try to answer!

    Do happy cows make the best burgers?  City Burger will try to answer!

    BERG is headed to Bethesda for the month of June to rate City Burger!City Burger's motto is "We believe that happy cows make the best burgers. That's why all of our beef comes from humanely raised cows that are never given growth hormones or antibiot…
    - 29 Sep 14, 10:14pm -
  • City Burger Rating

    City Burger Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here The City Burger had 5 guest judges and 2 core judges came out of hibernation for a total of 10 judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same a…
    - 11 Aug 14, 7:06pm -
  • The Big Board Review

    The Big Board Review

    Mushroom and SwissThe big board (TBB) has a nice concept for beers, the price is based on how many people order the beer. So why are we here for the burgers. It was time for a DC pick and TBB popped up on our radar. Bacon!The burger selection at TBB…
    - 29 Jul 14, 7:32pm -
  • The Big Board Rating

    The Big Board Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here The Big Board had 3 guest judges-including 2 newbies (guess which ones!).  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 8 Jul 14, 5:28pm -
  • Meridian Pint

    Meridian Pint

    We had a low response rate for attendance at Meridian Pint--just 3 judges.  The small sample size means each judge's opinion carries a lot of weight!Meridian Pint is in Columbia Heights in DC--relatively convenient for people living in the city, but…
    - 19 Jun 14, 1:03pm -
  • Meridian Pint Rating

    Meridian Pint Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here Meridian Pint had 0 (as in Zero) guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:49pm -
  • Black's Bar & Kitchen - was the Bethesda parking worth it?

    Black's Bar & Kitchen - was the Bethesda parking worth it?

    While March is known for coming in a like a lion and out like a lamb, the Burger Group was busy hoping for a satisfying March burger experience at Black's Bar and Kitchen in Bethesda MD.  We all knew ahead of time that Bethesda is known for tricky e…
    - 2 Jun 14, 8:34pm -
  • Black's Bar & Kitchen Rating

    Black's Bar & Kitchen Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here Black's Bar & Kitchen had 2 guest judges-guess we need to find more MoCo guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one…
    - 11 Apr 14, 1:26pm -
  • The Black Squirrel Rating

    The Black Squirrel Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here  Black Squirrel had 4 guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 10 Apr 14, 4:00pm -
  • The Black Squirrel Review

    The Black Squirrel Review

    Burger with fried egg and bacon and cheese=priceyA cold winter has everyone miserable in the DMV. How better to cheer ourselves up then with burgers and brews.  Black Squirrel seems to be the perfect place to get both and stay warm!BS is located in…
    - 10 Apr 14, 2:51pm -
  • Untitled
    Busboys & PoetsBusboys and Poets turns out not to be that great a place to get a burger.   Most of our group felt the meat either lacked flavor or tasted weird.  The bottom of the bun wasn’t able to handle the burger and became mush.    And a…
    - 13 Mar 14, 7:40pm -
  • Busboys and Poets Rating

    Busboys and Poets Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click here Busboys and Poets had 2 guest judges-this whole winter has been tough for outings!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with…
    - 28 Feb 14, 8:05pm -
  • Untitled

    December was Chef Geoff's time to shine!  Or we hoped for BERG.  We decided on the Rockville MD location because of close proximity to our office.  The location is relatively new, opened in 2012.  Previous restaurateurs have not boded well for th…
    - 20 Feb 14, 3:34pm -
  • Chef Geoff's Rating

    Chef Geoff's Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click hereChef Geoff's had 5 guest judges-popular for a December outing!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 6 Jan 14, 6:05pm -
  • The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    BERG and guests traveled to another DC location (K-Street area) to check out The Bottom Line. This place had all the promise of a good basement dive bar burger unfortunately the promise wasn’t fulfilled.  It was easy to find, and the simplest way…
    - 3 Dec 13, 4:25am -
  • Bottom Line Rating

    Bottom Line Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click hereBottom Line had 4 guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 26 Nov 13, 4:09pm -
  • P.J. Clarke's Go for the Pickle

    P.J. Clarke's Go for the Pickle

    The CadillacThe October pick for BERG was P.J. Clarke’s in DC.  There are 2 different sections for burgers listed on the menu; 2 sections means that they are serious about burgers–they separated them out twice.  Would Social Reform be quickly…
    - 8 Nov 13, 6:41pm -
  • P.J. Clarke's Rating

    P.J. Clarke's Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click hereP.J. Clarke's had 5 guest judges!  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 8 Nov 13, 6:24pm -
  • TD Burger Rating

    TD Burger Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click hereTD Burger had 0 (yes ZERO) guest judges.  What do we need to get judges?  Homemade goodies?  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us with your demands.  You will not look at a burger the…
    - 7 Oct 13, 7:09pm -
  • Brickside, Brickside, Brickside...

    Brickside, Brickside, Brickside...

    August was a hot and steamy month for the BERG group, and we were in pursuit of a satisfying, mouth-watering, magnificent burger!  Did we find it at our next outing?  We hoped Brickside in Bethesda, MD would deliver!Brickside Food & Drink was bui…
    - 26 Sep 13, 7:35pm -
  • Brickside Rating

    Brickside Rating

    To view the spreadsheet with comments, click hereBrickside had 3 guest judges.  If you would like to be a guest judge, email us.  You will not look at a burger the same after eating one with us.
    - 29 Aug 13, 2:41pm -
  • Holy Cow...is it really?

    Holy Cow...is it really?

    BERG and guests traveled to another Virginia location (Alexandria, VA) to check out Holy Cow.  It is located on in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA.  Del Ray is a cute little neighborhood with lots of local shops and restaurants.  The e…
    - 16 Aug 13, 3:28am -

@Bestburgerindc

Business Oh So Casually

  • A Portal to a Star-Crossed Sea

    A Portal to a Star-Crossed Sea

    I crawled into the bedI slept in as a child.my imprint was small,and I curled intothe shadow of my youth.My body didn’t fit there anymore.I shifted and turned,tired and chasingthe small hopeof sleep.Ribbons of lightmarched across my face,spots danc…
    - 21 Apr 14, 4:05am -
  • Thesis

    Thesis

    Hashtag thesis. Ok, so I may have gotten trouble with people lately for my totally IRONIC use of the word hashtag. I promise it was irony and I was mocking the system. The patriarchy made me do it?It's always the patriarchy.I've been rambling for at…
    - 18 Apr 14, 12:59pm -
  • Poetry

    Poetry

    I've been taking mini breaks to become ensconced in poems that I've happened upon instead of focusing on the poems I should be explicating for my thesis. After I've been lost in a poem the lyrics of a song pull me into them:"Bundle up and come with m…
    - 30 Mar 14, 2:27am -
  • The North

    The North

    I've been listening to "The North" and it reminds me of living in Alaska. In turn, thinking of Alaska brings on wistful memories of falling in love & mountain parties during 24-hours of sunlight. Obviously there are months where you don't see the sun…
    - 17 Mar 14, 3:02am -
  • Content

    Content

    Content (not the one where you sigh while drinking wine), the other one--the one that fills pages with words that may or may not be good. Yes, you're with me: content. con·tent2 ˈkänˌtent/ <---- (that one).   I want this blog to filled with mo…
    - 5 Feb 14, 10:27pm -
  • 2013: This Happened

    2013: This Happened

    The end of 2013 was rough for me, to say the least. I ended a three year relationship with a man I still love, although it's been nice to realize I'm not in love with him anymore. The relationship ended on good terms and we're cautious friends. Howev…
    - 9 Jan 14, 4:22pm -
  • Unpacking and Complacency

    Unpacking and Complacency

    I haven't posted in a while and I'm OK with that. I've finally gotten around to unpacking and not just the material items I've had in boxes but unpacking mentally as well.I'm embracing the changes in my life and with those changes come pain and self-…
    - 3 Nov 13, 4:36pm -
  • Don't Forget About Dre

    Don't Forget About Dre

    You guys are probably all "hey, is Aly dead?" and, to be honest, maybe I am and this is some crazy twilight zone episode? Well, whatever. I've been drinking a shit load of coffee either way. Would you believe that I still haven't uploaded photos from…
    - 20 Aug 13, 2:45pm -
  • Hey, Food Posts

    Hey, Food Posts

    "Hey, where the hell did you go?", is what I've been getting asked quite a bit lately. I'm here, I was just taking a break from personal bloggery. I've been contributing twice weekly to Blockavenue DC and I've been writing about food, coffee, music,…
    - 23 Jul 13, 7:33pm -
  • Teaser

    Teaser

    Hey guys,I just got back from 20 days of vacation. I have stories. Many stories. I'll share them with you soon. For now, here's a photo:More to come!http://theclosetparty.blogspot.com/
    - 18 Jul 13, 2:59pm -
  • Ok, Here's a Photo.

    Ok, Here's a Photo.

    PUPPPPYYY!http://theclosetparty.blogspot.com/
    - 6 Jun 13, 4:51pm -
  • Summer Depression & Yoga

    Summer Depression & Yoga

    I went from go-go-go mentality with school and work to just being done. School ended, my freelance job ended and I suddenly had no deadlines to meet. You'd think this would be great but it ended up throwing me off majorly. My body was still wired to…
    - 6 Jun 13, 4:03pm -
  • I've Just Awoken

    I've Just Awoken

    Yes, I think this was one of the first nights I have slept through the night without jumping up and yelling "I need another citation" or "Holy fuck, I annotated that wrong" or "Dear Lord, baby Jesus, I think my library books are due!" or...well, you…
    - 21 May 13, 3:34pm -
  • Presenting

    Presenting

    You guys,Hi! You look pretty today (gender neutral since guys can be pretty, too). But you do, you look pretty.  Have you been working out? You guys look really good. NO! I am NOT hitting on you. Geez, all I said was "you look pretty." Please come b…
    - 11 Apr 13, 4:37pm -
  • Remember When I said "_____"?

    Remember When I said "_____"?

    I know I said I would get the post up on gender equality last week and I'm sorry that I'm a dirty liar.  But, I'm a dirty liar. However, I am working on a video on rape culture and I'll post it here once I'm done with it next month. I should have so…
    - 1 Apr 13, 4:28pm -
  • The Last Couple Months (in photos)

    The Last Couple Months (in photos)

    Grad School is kicking my ass and my "fun HTML class" is anything but fun!  I have so many funny stories but will wait until he's done grading until I tell them.  Hint: my professor teaches HTML, so... he knows all the things.Here I am looking fres…
    - 7 Mar 13, 2:46am -
  • Pictures of The Last Few Months (mainly FL)

    Pictures of The Last Few Months (mainly FL)

    Our loving hosts in Palm Beach, FLThanksgiving pie we madeCheearsMicro greensShroomsView from balconyDeep sea fishing or "the time I threw up for four hours straight"New Years!BeeeeachNew years and faux leather pants!Art GalleryThanksgivingXmasXmas c…
    - 1 Feb 13, 5:43pm -
  • Florida Pictures & Steven Segal

    Florida Pictures & Steven Segal

    Tricked you!  There are no Florida photos yet.  I blame C entirely.  Yes, it is his fault that he's been too lazy on his freelancing days to upload them from his fancy new DSLR. Wait, that's me.  Sorry...sometimes I get confused.That being said,…
    - 30 Jan 13, 3:03pm -
  • daily outfit

    daily outfit

    daily outfit by alc40138 featuring floral leggingsAlexander McQueen leather jacketmarissacollections.comFloral leggingnastygal.comFrye leather bootszappos.comRebecca Minkoff yellow leather handbagmy-wardrobe.comhttp://theclosetparty.blogspot.com/
    - 16 Jan 13, 4:05pm -
  • Happy Bday, Sean

    Happy Bday, Sean

    In honor of my brother, Sean's birthday, I am going to write a post about the time he lost his bike. And when I say "time" I mean "times, but we don't have time for that today.  He "lost" his bike several times and we think he may have been in a cri…
    - 15 Jan 13, 7:44pm -
  • Some Photos From the Last Few Months

    Some Photos From the Last Few Months

    Yes, yes, I know.  I have been slacking off on the blog.  I love writing and I have garnered myself a freelance job from this blog (that pays quite well) along with grad school that has never ending readings due.  That's why I have been noticeably…
    - 11 Jan 13, 4:58pm -
  • Did I Die?

    Did I Die?

    Did I die?  No, far from it (kinda), I've been freelance writing and doing a little "career landscaping" with grad school.  I just made up the term "career landscaping"  I think it's a little creepy, but all the same, if you use it just pay me $50…
    - 6 Jan 13, 11:04pm -
  • That Time I Raced a Ferrari

    That Time I Raced a Ferrari

    When I learned to drive, I learned on a really nice European sport car.  So, I never got tickets, ever (JK, opposite day!) Learning to drive on a car that goes really fast is also a bit of a boon, since you think you have the fastest car on the road…
    - 20 Nov 12, 7:13pm -
  • Halloween

    Halloween

    Oh, hey, didn't see you there.  Did you lose weight?  Wait, where are you going?  Was it the 'weight thing'?  No, you look great!Yeah, that's how I feel about this here blog right now. I called it fat and it ran away, y'all.  So sad.But really i…
    - 31 Oct 12, 3:44pm -
  • The debate last night & math

    The debate last night & math

    NO ONE TOLD ME I WOULD NEED TO KNOW MATH FOR LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE!In fact, why do I know any math at all.  My algebra teacher was all like "you'll need fractions and quadratics to live everyday life".   or also = ??????????????Guess what?  I don't…
    - 4 Oct 12, 7:57pm -

Busy Black Woman


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  • Salty Pretzels: Over the Rainbow

    Salty Pretzels: Over the Rainbow

    It is barely the middle of June and I am already over all of the fake pride on display. This is not a statement of intolerance or homophobia, but a deep eye roll against the corporatization of rainbows and #Pride as a retail commodity and marketing t…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 11:36am -
  • Black Music Month: Father's Day Playlist

    Black Music Month: Father's Day Playlist

    How are you spending Father's Day? At the moment, I don't know because my brother and I haven't decided on anything yet. Luckily, our Dad is low-key. He would probably be satisfied if I show up unannounced at church (which didn't happen), so I need t…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jun 19, 8:53pm -
  • Prince, the Index (Part One)

    Prince, the Index (Part One)

    This past Easter Sunday 2019 (April 21) was the third anniversary of Prince's transcendence, so I spent practically all day Easter Monday putting together what I thought would be a 'quick' tribute on the Busy Black Woman Facebook page. The next thing…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Jun 19, 11:00am -
  • Prince, the Index (Part Two)

    Prince, the Index (Part Two)

    For this next phase of favorites, I wanted to frame the nature of my fandom during this era of Prince's career. Until the 90s, I was just a casual Prince fan because I only had 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign O' the Times on tape at the time. Hip hop h…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Jun 19, 11:00am -
  • Black Music Month 2019

    Black Music Month 2019

    Once upon a time, back in the day when I was a cynical newbie to blogging, I wrote this piece for Black Music Month...and not too long ago, I finally found a hard copy of that lightening-in-a-bottle piece I wrote nearly twenty years ago for NetNoir.…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Jun 19, 2:58pm -
  • In Search of Sisterhood

    In Search of Sisterhood

    I am still riding the high from my Reunion a week later. I am still dragging myself through the mundane tasks of each day (which is what I was doing before), but now on the other side of an epic weekend, I think this is what withdrawal feels like. I…
    - 26 days ago, 24 May 19, 9:53pm -

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  • Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    I was in packing mode on Sunday morning as my family prepared to vacate our hotel room and as always, it was my job to manage that aspect of our departure. I think it was shortly after the Hub took the bags and the Kid down to the lobby for check-out…
    - 30 days ago, 21 May 19, 1:00am -
  • Throw Mama From the Train

    Throw Mama From the Train

    This has been one of the hardest years of my life so far, and it is just May. With the year halfway over, it is too late to request a re-boot. I didn't make any resolutions. I didn't even acknowledge Lent like I usually do. If I were a Muslim who…
    - 39 days ago, 11 May 19, 12:55pm -
  • BBW Tea Party: The Black British Prince

    BBW Tea Party: The Black British Prince

    When the royal baby birth announcement was informally made the other day, apparently I had walked away from my computer and phone, so I missed it by thirty minutes!!! Because hey, I've been on royal baby watch just like the rest of the world, but tha…
    - 42 days ago, 8 May 19, 5:59pm -
  • Who's the Daddy?

    Who's the Daddy?

    In celebration of Star Wars Day - May 4th (as in May the Fourth be with you...), I decided to update this piece a little. A while back I wrote an entire piece recently about a old movie that I used to love, by the end of which I came to the conclusio…
    - 49 days ago, 1 May 19, 10:23pm -
  • What Dreams May Come

    What Dreams May Come

    After dropping the Kid off at school yesterday, I came home and opened my computer to the headline that would ruin the rest of my day. It was premature, so after posting a retraction on my both the Busy Black Woman and my personal Facebook page, the…
    - 50 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 10:38pm -
  • What Happened to Be Best?

    What Happened to Be Best?

    As a society, I don't believe we have a clear understanding of what is considered bullying these days. My traditional definition of the verb form would say that a weaker person or entity who is targeted for ridicule and humiliation by a stronger per…
    - 60 days ago, 20 Apr 19, 6:18am -
  • Deconstructing Superman

    Deconstructing Superman

    I grew up with Christopher Reeve as Superman, so as far as I am concerned, he is was and forever shall be the iconic superhero. I know that meant he was typecast in my eyes, and that I probably never saw him in any other memorable role until his late…
    - 68 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 2:40pm -
  • Nobody's Fool

    Nobody's Fool

    Candace Owens has made quite a name for herself, especially in the past few months. She is the face of a movement of young Black conservatives called Blexit. She hosted a Roseanne apologia on her eponymous show. She defended Hitler. She recently app…
    - 70 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 6:19pm -
  • Red Beans and Rice Monday: No Offense, But...

    Red Beans and Rice Monday: No Offense, But...

    I feel sorry for former Vice President Joe Biden. I feel sorry for the guy at church who offers kisses to every woman he encounters. I feel sorry for the women who feel uncomfortable in these scenarios--not because these interactions are harmless, bu…
    - 72 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 3:37pm -
  • Don't Be a Tool

    Don't Be a Tool

    Insomnia will have you wide awake at 2am eating Thai spring rolls while scrolling through your Twitter timeline. Then, because you are annoyed by some of what you've read, you post a few of the offending articles to your Facebook page. And because it…
    - 75 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 9:21pm -
  • Come to Mama

    Come to Mama

    I often wished for sisters, but once my rambunctious youngest brother was born, my mother made it clear that my younger cousins were the best life was going to give me. And that was cool because I have been blessed with an abundance of girl cousins a…
    - 77 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 1:45am -
  • She Got Next

    She Got Next

    While listening to the radio in the car on the way to get the Kid from school, I heard a snippet of a news story about the controversial decision made by Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx regarding the Jussie Smollett mess. I didn't stick ar…
    - 77 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 5:13pm -
  • When Moms Attack

    When Moms Attack

    Somebody's Mom wrote this open letter to the women at Notre Dame about their attire. There was the inevitable backlash in the form of a student protest wherein the women on campus wore the offending item and it garnered international media attention.…
    - 82 days ago, 29 Mar 19, 10:08pm -
  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    It was a week ago that a blogger I 'know' in the social media sense wrote this piece about motherhood, which I re-posted to one of my support groups on Facebook. In addition to the truths she shared, it was great to see how this piece resonated with…
    - 83 days ago, 28 Mar 19, 4:09pm -
  • Stealing Harvard and other Hypocritical Isht

    Stealing Harvard and other Hypocritical Isht

    You know what is familiar about the Operation Varsity Blues cheating scandal that has people all fake mad and upset (because it is really envy)? The fact that this was more or less the plot of two movies made back in 2002 called Orange County and Ste…
    - 96 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 12:17am -
  • Please Stand By

    Please Stand By

    I am typing this from my old laptop. It is amazing that after four years of sitting idle in a computer bag in my basement, this thing actually still works! It is still heavy as a law book, which is probably just a spoiled brat way of saying, wow comp…
    - 97 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 6:05pm -
  • Toppling Idols

    Toppling Idols

    I watched the Oprah interview with the two men who have accused Michael Jackson of having molested them as children. I am giving fair warning to anyone reading this (with sentiments either way) that I understand whatever position you take with respec…
    - 5 Mar 19, 11:35pm -
  • BBW Tea Party: Collecting Tokens

    BBW Tea Party: Collecting Tokens

    I wasn't even paying close attention to the Michael Cohen hearings because I knew it was going to be yet another parade of insanity in this circus that is supposed to be our government lately. It started on an off-note of procedural nonsense that for…
    - 3 Mar 19, 4:19pm -
  • Grandma's Hands

    Grandma's Hands

    I don't recall if Sam Jackson '72 even called out Spike Lee's name initially because all I heard was 'Da House and the entire Spelman-Morehouse (SpelHouse) universe erupted in a Hallelujah/Amen chorus. It was a beautiful moment. For those of us who h…
    - 26 Feb 19, 11:03pm -

@Busyblackwoman

Brunette On A Budget

  • Bias in the 'Burbs
    Yesterday, I took Ava and Bridget to the library for their toddler storytime. And because these storytimes get as packed as Kiss concerts for the three-and-under set, I showed up a little early with the girls in tow, ready and waiting in the eaves fo…
    - 13 Mar 15, 10:52pm -
  • My life at 38 weeks
    I'm officially in Week 38 of my pregnancy, and I can honestly state that I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore . . . for now, at least. Everything was all sunshine and rainbows until Week 36, and that's when it happened. I no longer felt like the effe…
    - 22 Oct 14, 7:48pm -
  • Some big changes
    The last two months have brought about some of the biggest changes of my life (well, barring the fact that George Clooney also just got married and will therefore relinquish the title of my back-up husband). I don’t even know where to start since…
    - 29 Sep 14, 8:37pm -
  • iThink iNeed an iPad
    We're just going to pretend that I've posted semi-regularly since April, so let's start with what's plagued me the past two days (other than how in the hell J and I are going to retire comfortably by 40, which has also kept me up the last couple nigh…
    - 11 Sep 13, 3:50am -
  • If life gives you limes, make margaritas
    Over the last few years I've been told by several doctors that I have the blood pressure of Lance Armstrong.I suppose this is a good thing since I don't currently, nor have I ever, taken steroids recreationally or otherwise. Perhaps it also means t…
    - 28 Mar 13, 6:35pm -
  • Finding my balance

    Finding my balance

    Well, the dust has finally settled on this whole baby thing. And I mean that in the best possible way. I think.Ava's going to be seven months old this week, and I think I've finally gotten a grasp on how to be a mom. Or at least pretend to be one (be…
    - 18 Mar 13, 6:50pm -
  • No Thanx to Spanx
    J and I went to an exclusive "Private Holiday Party" at Nordstroms last weekend that really just doubled as a way to liquor up customers and get them to spend more money. After my third glass of complimentary champagne, my trigger finger began to…
    - 19 Dec 12, 9:29pm -
  • Moms and nightclubs: A bad mix
    In an effort to be more of a hip mom (whatever that is), a couple weeks ago I agreed to go to a girl's night out with a couple moms from Mom Group #2 who were chomping at the bit for an evening of girl talk and booze. Little did I know that when y…
    - 29 Nov 12, 8:39pm -
  • Finding friends as an adult
    Every day of the last three weeks has been above par for me. I've had fun, met new people, got to spend some quality time with J over each weekend and have generally been so busy every weekday that I felt my life with Ava was finally finding a bal…
    - 13 Nov 12, 7:04pm -
  • My body after baby

    My body after baby

    Confession: Today I bought a dress that totally didn't fit me. Unfortunately, it's not that it was too big (an easy fix with a cinched belt); it was too small. And I knew this, but it didn't stop me from bypassing the dressing rooms, taking said dres…
    - 3 Nov 12, 4:57am -
  • I miss my husband
    There. I said it. I miss my husband. No, he's not away on some weeks-long business trip or stuck in Manhattan due to any apocalypse-esque hurricane. Nope, he's only about 20 miles away and for some reason that 20 miles feels like 200.I guess I sh…
    - 31 Oct 12, 3:10am -
  • The baby blues
    Tuesday officially marked my baby's two-month birthday. By the way, her name is Ava.Ava celebrated this momentous occasion by sleeping through most of the day, only opening her eyes and squeaking or crying when she wanted to be fed (right now she do…
    - 26 Oct 12, 7:48pm -
  • Peanut has arrived

    Peanut has arrived

    My little bundle is finally here! My doctor induced me a week after my due date (on a Wednesday night). By Thursday morning my body was responding so well with contractions that I got to forgo the second round of induction drugs and by the early afte…
    - 5 Sep 12, 6:46pm -
  • Baby update
    So yesterday was my official due date. . .and it came and went with no baby in sight. :(I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday morning and she stripped my membranes, which I'll spare you the details of since it was equal parts uncomfortable an…
    - 17 Aug 12, 11:02pm -
  • It could be a lot worse . . . or a lot better
    I hate it when people say "Well, it could be a lot worse."Yes, I admit, I used to be one of those people who would say that. More often than I realized. But if you think about it, it's such a trite, meaningless thing to say. All it does is temporaril…
    - 10 Aug 12, 6:16pm -
  • Antiquing a French Provincial table on a budget

    Antiquing a French Provincial table on a budget

    I've been on a Francophile kick lately for the baby girl's nursery theme: French Garden.Over the past few months I've collected things here and there to try and make this nursery as calm and dreamlike as possible, but furniture was the one area that…
    - 3 Aug 12, 7:05pm -
  • Boys: You can't go wrong with Kate Spade

    Boys: You can't go wrong with Kate Spade

    So our five-year anniversary came and went and since we're on a bit of a budget with the bebe coming and all, we didn't do anything extravagant but had lots of fun regardless.Earlier that day I'd been a bit irritated because my hair was not cooperati…
    - 31 Jul 12, 8:27pm -
  • Five years ago today...

    Five years ago today...

    I married the one I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. I've appreciated every single day with him and I hope we grow very, very old together. Sometimes I just don't feel like one lifetime is enough.
    - 20 Jul 12, 6:09pm -
  • Leave Marissa Mayer alone (said in a Chris Crocker voice)
    So the world is all atwitter about the new Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer (who's name sounds more like that of a Victoria's Secret model's and not of an ex-Google engineer). It's beyond impressive that a woman will be heading such a huge company. . .even i…
    - 19 Jul 12, 1:47am -
  • Putting things into perspective

    Putting things into perspective

    So after I wrote my jealousy post on Friday, I went out for some much-needed retail therapy that ended up useless. (You know you're beyond being helped when all you can figure out to buy is double-sided scotch tape and it makes you feel a blend of fr…
    - 16 Jul 12, 11:34pm -
  • Jealousy rears its ugly head

    Jealousy rears its ugly head

    Sometimes it's so hard for me not to be consumed by jealousy.Most of the time I'm not jealous at all. In fact, most of the time I'm genuinely happy when things work out for people close to me or for people I tangentially know through these interwebs.…
    - 13 Jul 12, 8:25pm -
  • Always late but worth the wait

    Always late but worth the wait

    Wow. Has it really been three months since I last blogged? This is both highly unacceptable and highly unbelievable. Where has the time gone? The last three months have gone by so fast, and so much has happened since my last post. . . First off, I tu…
    - 10 Jul 12, 12:43am -
  • Of Target and yellow rompers

    Of Target and yellow rompers

    Okay, so I know it's way too early to be baby clothes shopping, especially for clothes that'll probably fit her months after birth, but during our massive kitchen remodel this weekend (I'll post pics later) I popped over to Target to pick up some dra…
    - 16 Apr 12, 7:44pm -
  • What we did Easter weekend

    What we did Easter weekend

    While all of you lovelies were out painting eggs, catching bunny rabbits and eating noodle salad, J and I worked our tails off building a new 60-foot fence in our backyard. More out of necessity than choice. During the last storm we had here a few we…
    - 10 Apr 12, 7:35pm -
  • It's a...

    It's a...

    GIRL!Here's a picture of her from the ultrasound we had done yesterday. For some reason she stuck her foot up in her face as the doc took the picture. I say she's got "ballerina" written all over her.
    - 28 Mar 12, 4:16pm -

@AsILayWriting

Buttons MC Sweet

  • GIVEAWAY! Traveling Tips While on the Whole 30

    GIVEAWAY! Traveling Tips While on the Whole 30

    GIVEAWAY!AT THE END OF THIS POST I WILL OUTLINE INSTRUCTIONS ON ENTERING THE DRAWING FOR THE ITEMS IN THE PHOTO BELOW, ALL OF WHICH ARE WHOLE30 COMPLIANT AND I WILL SHIP DIRECTLY TO YOUR FRONT DOORSeveral years ago when I began my paleo, Whole30 jour…
    - 7 Jan 17, 5:37pm -
  • On Living Your Dash

    On Living Your Dash

     *If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, then you know how I like to completely overwhelm your senses with words and music.  So, if you want to experience this the way I intend for you to, then please press play on this video befo…
    - 14 Apr 16, 3:23pm -
  • 10 Things Running Taught Me

    10 Things Running Taught Me

    When I was in middle school we had to run a mile for PE class.  As everyone else finished, they gathered on the bleachers by the track and waited for the rest of us.  Or should I say, they waited for me.  I was THE. VERY. LAST. ONE.  I went home…
    - 22 Jul 15, 12:55pm -
  • I Quit Facebook
    Yesterday I decided to give up Facebook.  This decision came on the heels of some recent heated exchanges between people of very different opinions than myself after I posted remarks they happened to disagree with.  It's not very often that my ange…
    - 17 Jun 15, 12:23pm -
  • On Moving Cross-Country and Paleo Spaghetti Pie

    On Moving Cross-Country and Paleo Spaghetti Pie

    Wherever you go, go with all your heart.ConfuciusSome of you may know that we ( The children, the animals and Jeremy and myself) travelled (by vehicle) from Indiana to California recently.  To Live.  For three months.  Because we like to live on t…
    - 14 Jan 15, 2:46pm -
  • Poetry, Instead of Tacos on Tuesday
     RequiemI left my heart unguardedFrom its bony cage be free.It took a walk upon my armAnd rested on my sleeve.There it sat aloneA beating mass of vulnerability.It basked in love and love and hopeAnd then began to bleed.It hurts to love, it criedAs i…
    - 9 Dec 14, 1:47pm -
  • Tired of Being Tired: Natural Cures for Insomnia That Don't Include Death and Propofol
    Sleep.  That thing we hated to do as kids but pine for as adults.  It's strange, really.  Our bodies need so much of it, to heal, to grow, to rest.  And yet it seems that the older I got, the harder it became for me to get good, quality sleep.  …
    - 14 Oct 14, 2:37am -
  • Letter to a Spider
    Dear Spider Outside My Bedroom Window,If I am being completely honest (which I usually am, it's a sort of curse) then I must confess that I neither like you nor your species.  But, over the past several weeks I have observed your life with a morbid…
    - 6 Mar 14, 3:55am -
  • The Things They Love
    I awake in the early morning hours, before dawn.  Shuffling to the bathroom in a haze of lifting sleep, I stumble over something on the floor and hit my foot on the wall.  A flash of pain shoots up from my foot and meets a burst of anger in the mid…
    - 10 Jan 14, 2:29am -
  • A Letter to My Daughter On Her Seventh Birthday

    A Letter to My Daughter On Her Seventh Birthday

    My Dearest Elsbeth,Today you turn seven years old! I have been thinking about what I would write to you in this letter for weeks now.  This is the first year I will give you the letter to read for yourself and probably the last year I will post it h…
    - 4 Dec 13, 8:48pm -
  • A Letter to My Daughter On Her Sixth Birthday
    Dear Elsbeth,Today you turn six.  SIX!  I'm sure it's the kind of thing mothers say every year to their growing children, but I just can't believe how fast the years have passed!  It seems like one minute ago you were standing in the second floor…
    - 4 Dec 12, 11:36am -
  • On When To Say When
    For the past several months I have been consumed with training for the Ko'Ko's Half Marathon.  There has been no sleeping in on the weekend, there has only been long, and most often hard miles logged and pavement pounded.  More in the last three mo…
    - 13 Oct 12, 1:16pm -
  • How It Is
    I lie in bed for over 45 minutes trying all the tricks I've been told to send myself back sleep, counting backward, clearing my mind, deep breaths, prayer, more wine.  I contemplate taking another Ambien and then realize there isn't enough time.  I…
    - 16 Sep 12, 4:55pm -
  • This Week in Instagram

    This Week in Instagram

    So this week, I finally joined Instagram. And let me just say I now use my iPhone more than ever before. Jeremy was threatening to ground me off of it (why yes, he does actually act like he's my stern Grandfather ) until I showed him the beautiful…
    - 5 Feb 12, 9:40am -
  • Paleo Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Fries and Chicken Nuggets

    Paleo Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Fries and Chicken Nuggets

    It's been three weeks and a few days that our family has been eating a paleo diet. I would be remiss if I wasn't completely honest with you and didn't mention that there was an instance involving pizza. And beer. And maybe some really good brownie…
    - 31 Jan 12, 11:28am -
  • On Living Paleo and the Shakeology Challenge: PART ONE

    On Living Paleo and the Shakeology Challenge: PART ONE

    If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, then you know I like to talk about my health and what new fitness or diet regimes I've tried. Why, you ask? Well, why do I ever do the things I do? Most of us will never know. I can say one…
    - 11 Jan 12, 1:41am -
  • Watch Your Toes, I May Be About to Step on Some

    Watch Your Toes, I May Be About to Step on Some

    "A mind may be likened unto a garden which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild, but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth."~ AllenOK. So maybe I shouldn't be getting ready to say what I am about to say, bu…
    - 7 Jan 12, 4:05am -
  • The Conscious Evolution of a Former Party Girl

    The Conscious Evolution of a Former Party Girl

    Piles of dresses littered the floor like rainbow colored, satin shag carpet. Heels in varying degrees of ankle breaking height lay discarded and pairless among the dresses. Castaways. Containers of makeup and brushes lined the bathroom counter lea…
    - 1 Jan 12, 9:48am -
  • Eight Years

    Eight Years

    Dear Husband,As of today we have been married for eight years. That's almost ten. It has gone by so quickly and yet the milestones that we have created and the trials that we have forged have somehow cemented us together in such a deeper way that…
    - 26 Dec 11, 11:08pm -
  • Merry Island Christmas My Loves!
    As I sat and compiled this slide show and all of its photos, I sifted through the last year of our lives in technicolor freeze-frame. I saw the photographic chronicles of our adventures (and what adventures they have been), and I remembered the phra…
    - 25 Dec 11, 11:49am -
  • The Dude

    The Dude

    When we found out we were moving to Guam, one of the only things I could say to my children (read: Ellie) to keep them from fuh-reaking out and melting into a puddle of tears and hysteria on the floor was to yell out: PUPPIES! KITTENS! You can have…
    - 20 Dec 11, 11:34am -
  • On Christmas
    We are the music makers,And we are the dreamers of dreams,Wandering by lone sea-breakers,And sitting by desolate streams;—World-losers and world-forsakers,On whom the pale moon gleams:Yet we are the movers and shakersOf the world for ever, it seems…
    - 13 Dec 11, 11:05am -
  • Life...With a Two Year Old.

    Life...With a Two Year Old.

    Ariane. Ari. The lion. Serves me right for naming her after a fierce creature. She captivates me with her little rabbit teeth and mischievous glimmer and for a moment or two each day I forget the destruction she is capable of wreaking. She smile…
    - 8 Dec 11, 11:07am -
  • A Letter to My Daughter On Her Birthday

    A Letter to My Daughter On Her Birthday

    Dear Elsbeth,Yesterday you turned five years old. That's a whole handful of fingers. Soon you'll have to start using two hands when you tell people how old you are! It's been a long time since I've written to you or about you on this space. Most…
    - 6 Dec 11, 11:30am -
  • How It Is

    How It Is

    It's Thursday, December first and I have a sunburn from playing too long at the beach yesterday. A beach so beautiful and water so pale blue I don't think I could ever tire of looking at it. But...it's December, and I'm not vacationing on some trop…
    - 1 Dec 11, 10:56am -

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Beltway Bargain Mom

  • Marvel Universe LIVE! Returns to Fairfax, VA

    Marvel Universe LIVE! Returns to Fairfax, VA

    If you and your children love Marvel superheroes, then you don’t want to miss the return of Marvel Universe LIVE! in Fairfax, VA this month! Plus, I have the chance for one lucky reader to win a 4-pack of tickets to opening night, so keep reading!!…
    - 7 Mar 19, 1:59pm -
  • Fairfax City Restaurant Week: Independent Eateries & Specials

    Fairfax City Restaurant Week: Independent Eateries & Specials

    Foodies and families: Fairfax City is the place to be this week! Experience chef-driven, diverse dining destinations all packed into one historic city, during Fairfax City’s 2nd annual Restaurant Week! Event: Fairfax City Restaurant Week. Location…
    - 2 Mar 19, 5:00pm -
  • On TV: Best Baltimore Valentine’s Gifts

    On TV: Best Baltimore Valentine’s Gifts

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Are you trying to figure out what to buy your loved ones? This morning on My TV 24 Baltimore’s BMORE Lifestyle show, I shared some gift ideas that are perfect for the whole family: from parents to p…
    - 1 Feb 19, 3:10pm -
  • PAW Patrol Live comes to Fairfax, VA!

    PAW Patrol Live comes to Fairfax, VA!

    Attention families with preschoolers and young children in Northern VA and DC! If your kids are fans of the courageous pups from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this popular event. PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the…
    - 25 Jan 19, 11:00am -
  • Monster Jam back in DC!

    Monster Jam back in DC!

    Thrill seeking families who love roaring engines, fast-paced motor sports, amazing aerial feats, and of course mega-sized monster trucks: listen up! The ultimate monster truck event, Monster Jam®, returns to Capital One Arena in DC later this month!…
    - 13 Jan 19, 9:30pm -
  • ICE! A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord National

    ICE! A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord National

    A beloved Washington, DC area holiday tradition has returned! Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and lasting a few days into the new year, thousands of people flock to Gaylord National to see the annual ICE! attraction, festive Christmas Vil…
    - 26 Nov 18, 11:00am -
  • LightUP Fest unique light experience in One Loudoun

    LightUP Fest unique light experience in One Loudoun

    Wondering what LightUP Fest is all about or wondering how to save money on LightUP Fest tickets? If so, keep reading! Over the past month, if you have driven anywhere near Route 7 in Loudoun County, you have likely seen all the equipment set-up and e…
    - 24 Nov 18, 5:00pm -
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet Delivers Mega Laughs

    Ralph Breaks The Internet Delivers Mega Laughs

    The latest Disney animated film Ralph Breaks The Internet delivers mega laughs as arcade meets internet in this family-friendly, fantasy flick. If you’re looking for a fun film to take your kids to over the Thanksgiving break, “Ralph Breaks The…
    - 21 Nov 18, 1:00pm -
  • Disney On Ice Mickey’s Search Party Arrives at EagleBank Arena

    Disney On Ice Mickey’s Search Party Arrives at EagleBank Arena

    Are you searching for a fun, entertaining performance that will have your kids laughing, singing, and mesmerized by the magic on the ice? Mickey, Minnie, and your favorite Disney characters are coming to town for Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s…
    - 24 Sep 18, 1:45pm -
  • Mother of All Baby Showers Back in DC

    Mother of All Baby Showers Back in DC

    One of the most popular baby events of the year — in fact, it’s known as the mother of all baby showers — is back to celebrate its 6th year (a baby no more!). The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) event is back in our nation’s capital to c…
    - 21 Sep 18, 2:17am -

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