Washington, D.C., LDS Temple

Washington, D.C., LDS Temple

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Washington, D.C., Latter-Day Saints Temple in Kensington, Maryland, is holding an Open House for the general public. The gleaming building of Alabama white marble sits on hilltop grounds covering nearly 60 acres.  Colorful garden beds lead up to a sparkling central fountain. The Temple reaches nearly…

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

Winter travel offers a much-needed escape–whether from holiday stress, short drab days, or two long years to flatten the curve.  If you’re ready for a get-away, the personal-finance site WalletHub last month released its report of Best Winter Holiday Destinations, divided into warm- and cold-weather cities.  The top destinations are: This post contains affiliate links. …

World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

KILROY WAS HERE  The phrase appeared on ships, aircraft, buildings, wherever American servicemen went during World War II.  Usually accompanied by a minimalist drawing of a bald-headed, long-nosed character peering over a wall, the graffito went viral before anyone knew the term.  Its origins are uncertain, but a popular legend centers around a Quincy-based ship inspector…

Tips for Visiting Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Tips for Visiting Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Nationals Park is a modern baseball stadium that’s clean and comfortable by sports-venue standards, with nice views of the Washington monuments from various vantages.  Here’s what I’ve learned during the decade that the Park’s been open: Where to sit at Nationals Park I’ve sat on every level, and there’s never an obstructed view or a…

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

I marked Thomas Jefferson’s birthday last night by joining the throngs of locals and visitors peeping at the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. The blooms range in color from snowy white to cheery pink. And they look spectacular against the setting sun. Leslie CarboneLeslie Carbone is a former Cabinet speechwriter who’s having much more…