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For Maryland Parents: Ideas for What to Do With the Kids for the Last Days of Summer


Here in DC our kids went back to school on August 21. For those parents of Maryland students who be going back to school until September 5 or later, here are some ideas on what to do with the kids for these last days of summer.

1. Visit an off the beaten path museum.
Learn about aviation without the crowds at the College Park Aviation Museum. It's open daily.
For a weekend activity, admission to the National Capital Trolley Museum includes unlimited streetcar rides.

2. Play at a new playground.
The huge playground at Cabin John Regional Park has the added benefit of being in the shade of the park's many trees.
Check out the Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Park,

Starting Another Business - Day One


My plan was to start a new business when the kids went back to school. I'm chronicling this new business on my blog as a bit of accountability for myself. As a little bit of backstory, I've had a couple of online shops for a number of years. The oldest one is focused on Washington DC themed apparel and gift items but over the years I've added a lot of other topics. My other shop is similar to the first but it's on a different company's platform. This year I opens two new, niche stores online. For My Home is a home decor shop while Ready to Wed sells wedding stationery and bridal party gifts. Ok, enough backstory. Getting back to my new endeavor. My plan was to start a resell business the week my kids went back to school. I am having trouble deciding what to sell. My advisers have wanted me to go into selling furniture. This is a good idea, however, there are some barriers. I am a small person who drives a small car. Until I figure out how to overcome those obstacles, I wanted to deal with something smaller like books and dvds. Yesterday I set out buy books to resell. Immediately I ran into another obstacle. My app to scan books for value prior to purchase wasn't working properly. I scanned several books but each time the app gave me an error message instead of a value. I've used the app before so I don't know what went wrong yesterday. Day 1 Purchases $0 Sells $0 Lesson learned: Have a back-up plan.

Washington DC Back to School Fairs 2017


This time of year there are a number of back to school fairs. Usually these festivals feature free admission, a school supply giveaway and fun activities for children. Follow the links for times and addresses. DC GWUL 2017 Health and Wellness Back 2 School Festival Maryland Back to School FairBack to School Community DayBack to School Family Fun Day Capitol Heights

T-shirt says Tell me how to spell 90 I'm from DC


Recently, google reported that the word that DC residents most often search how to spell is 'ninety'.

New Free DC T-shirt is a reminder of DC's Status


Those of us who live in DC know that that the residents of Washington DC are obligated to perform all duties of US citizens, including paying federal income taxes. However, DC residents are taxed without representation since we do not have a senator and our house member is a non-voting delegate. As a reminder of this, here's a men's panel t-shirt says "Free DC" in white letters on a red background.

Washington region must respond to proposal to relocate government agencies


According to the Washington Examiner, House Democrat Tim Ryan has proposed decentralizing the federal government. Rep. Ryan's proposal is designed to be an economic stimulus to other parts of the country. Local officials must engage now to prevent this threat to our local economy. While relocating federal jobs might boost economies in other parts of the country, the federal government is the backbone of how we feed our families today throughout the DMV. Even folks who don't work for the federal government benefit from its presence here. The issue of decentralizing the federal government should be a priority on the agendas' of Mayor Bowser, Rep. Norton, Gov. Hogan, and Gov. McAuliffe. 

Despite the Wall Street Journal's argument that the influence of the federal government on the Washington region's economy is diminishing, even the WSJ admits that 11% of the region's workers are employed by the federal government. And that number doesn't count people who indirectly benefit from the presence of federal government, such as restaurant workers.

Washington DC Inspired Flip Flops


Be prepared for next month's arrival of summer in DC with these red flip flops.

Congratulations to Ballou High School


For the first time, every member of the senior class at Ballou High School has applied to college, according to an article in The Washington Post. While this is an exciting development, what's even more encouraging is the attitude of Ballou's administrators. Principal Yetunde Reeves wants to Ballow to become a place where college is expected as an "automatic next step." Leaders like Principal Reeves who raise the bar of expectations are exactly what students in the District's public schools need. Hopefully, the Post will update this story when the acceptance for this class becomes available.

The Washington Post's "New" Slogan


When I saw "Democracy Dies in Darkness" under  The Washington Post's masthead the other day, I thought it was a joke. 'Someone has used a graphics program to put these two together,' I thought. Well, the entire world may know by now "Democracy Dies in Darkness" is the Post's new slogan.

Except, at The Post reports, that the slogan is not new because it's a phrase that longtime Post reporter Bob Woodward has been using for years. And Woodward said he did originate the phrase. It's a variant of 'Democracy dies in the dark', which Woodward read in a judicial opinion by Damon Keith in a case prior to Watergate.

While I can understand that the Post had been planning for months to launch this slogan, how could the newspaper not have realized that such a slogan would be seem to be directed at the new administration in the White House? It's hard to believe that the paper didn't think people would assume a connection even if none existed. Knowing current political realities, the Post moved forward in adopting this slogan.

US Botanic Garden: A Washington Holiday Tradition



Each year the US Botanic Garden puts on a holiday exhibit featuring models of local landmarks made from plant materials and model trains. This year's exhibit is Season's Greenings and it is in recognition of the National Park Services' 100th anniversary. Models of landmarks from parks throughout the country are on display. Above is a plant-based replica of Mt. Rushmore. For the train lovers, model trains include Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Toby and James. 

When our family went on the day after Thanksgiving the line to enter exhibit was long. And you must enter the exhibit from its own entrance to the building. There's no admittance for those visitors who enter through the Garden's main entrance. If we were to visit again, I'd go on a regular weekday in an attempt to avoid crowds.

Some of the many models that we saw were the US Capitol, the Supreme Court, and Martin Luther King's birthplace, all made from plant materials. My favorite train was super fast and fashioned after a lady bug.

Seasons Greenings
US Botanic Gardens
Through January 2, 2017
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
Admission is free

Marshall's Joins the Shops at Dakota Crossing



On November 3rd, Marshall's opened at the new Shops at Dakota Crossing. (The other shops are Lowes, PetSmart, and Dick's Sporting Goods.)  The large selection of toys for boys and girls of all ages shown above is impressive. The prices are reasonable. My favorite was a Discovery Kids Aquarium Lamp for $7.99. The same lamp is going for over $20 on Amazon right now. In addition to the toys, there is a huge selection of Christmas-themed merchandise, including chocolates and holiday decor. Since this Marshall's has been open for only a month, I was surprised to find clearance items. Of course, there's of  Marshall's usual fare: clothing, furniture, and home accessories. My cousin found a set of modern lamps for her living room. My other cousin couldn't get over that bags of Ghirardelli chocolates were selling for $4.79.

Shops at Dakota Crossing
2480 Market St NE
Washington, DC 20018
Open Daily 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Washington DC Flag Inspired T-shirts on Sale


Get up to 50% when you shop at Make a Statement T-shirts and Gifts. Enter code BLACKFRILOVE at checkout.

Is DC Headed for a Record Cold Winter?


Yesterday The Washington Post published an article that described three scenarios under which DC could get have a "super-cold" winter. While the article was not forecasting that the winter would reach record cold levels, it just explained under what conditions an extremely cold winter could come about.

If DC's winter is particularly cold, keep some of our colorful hot chocolate mix on hand to warm you up. The mix comes in your choice of 5 colors: purple, blue, green, pink or orange.
3 Stars 2 Bars Colorful Hot Chocolate Mix by redbook
Check out other Washington DC Drink Mix at

DC Residents Deserve a Medal


DC residents put up with a lot to live in the city. High rent, traffic, non-state status disrespect, and Metro breakdowns are just some sources of our local pain.  Sometimes you feel like you deserve a medal just for living here. Here's your medal.

DC Disrespected....Again


We know that DC is not a state. But does salt have to rubbed in the wound even when DC residents are trying to find work? dcgal was filling out online application to be an independent contractor for firm that operates nationwide. When entering her address, she dutifully clicked the state drop-down menu. DC wasn't listed. She scrolled further, thinking it must listed as Washington DC. Nope. DC, the capital of the United States, wasn't on the list. DC and its residents forgotten and disrespected again.

So she has sent an e-mail to the company to ask if Washington DC residents are eligible to apply.

Playground Addict T-shirt


My son, who wants to go to the playground everyday, inspired this t-shirt.

What's your favorite DC restaurant?


Recently, Josh asked dcgal for great places to eat around DC. Once upon a time dcgal got out to the restaurants, but life happens and she's not able to do that much anymore. Back when she went out, these are the restaurants that she liked.

Lebanese Taverna
Kanlaya Thai Cuisine
Etete Restaurant (Ethiopian)
Zorba's Cafe (Greek)

So to those of you who eat out in DC, post a comment with your favorite DC restaurants.

BNCA Meeting -- March 15, 2011 "Communities Working Together"


All are invited to the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association' s next General Meeting. The agenda is as follows:

1. Meet & Greet New MPD 5th District Commander Andrew "Andy" Solberg Commander Solberg is replacing Commander Lamar Greene who recently was promoted to Assistant Chief by Chief of Police Cathy Lanier. Commander Solberg has been on the District police force since 1987 and he looks forward to meeting people who live and work in the 5th District.

2. A conversation on "Communities Working Together" with Special Guests Ruth Marshall, President, Queens Chapel Civic Association and Paul Wood, President, Michigan Park Citizens Association.This is the second in a series of occasional BNCA meetings with active civic associations from across Ward 5 and the city as a whole.

The meeting will occur next Tuesday, March 15th at the HSC Pediatric Center (formerly the "Hospital for Sick Children") at 1731 Bunker Hill Road, N.E. at 7:00 PM.

Save The Date! Great Brookland Yard Sale


Great Brookland Yard Sale
Saturday, May 7th

First African-American Senator


For Black History Month, we honoring famous African-Americans with ties to Washington DC.

Hiram Revels was the first African-American elected to the United States Senate. He represented the state of Mississippi and completed the term that had been abandoned by Jefferson Davis. Revels took his oath of office for the Senate on February 25, 1870.

Mr. Douglass Comes to Washington


Since February is Black History Month, we're honoring prominent African-Americans who had ties to Washington DC.

In 1872, Frederick Douglass moved to Washington DC. Originally, he and his family lived on A Street on Capitol Hill. He later purchased an estate that he renamed Cedar Hill in Southeast Washington. During his residence in Washington, Douglass held several important posts, including Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia and U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia.

(image) Framed Frederick Douglass Portrait

Adult Double Dutch Session Begins


Free sessions begin
Friday, February 18, 2011

Jump Into some fun!

Five weeks of Adult Double Dutch sessions will take place on Fridays from 6:30 - 7:30p.m. at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20017, near the Brookland-CUA Metro on the red line.

The program is designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Bring a doctor's note or be prepared to sign a waiver and come ready to have fun!

Price: FREE

ProLifeCon: Family Research Council's Pro-Life Conference


Here's the webcast of Family Research Council's ProLifeCon, which took place this morning. Featured speakers include former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson, author of Unplanned(image) , nurse-blogger Jill Stanek, and Live Action's Lila Rose.
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January is Sanctity of Life Month


Annual March for Life
Monday, January 24, 2011
Rally: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
National Mall at 4th Street NW
March immediately follows

Christmas Concert


Benefit Concert
Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Featuring Christian artists in styles of folk, classical, gospel, blues and world

Washington Community Fellowship Church
9th St. & Maryland Ave, NE
Free, Donations Accepted

Benefiting Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, a Faith based 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering help and support to women, men and their families who are in a crisis pregnancy