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Cultural Anthropology & the American Dive Bar

I’ve always had a fascination with dive bars. They’re cozy, tucked away establishments. A totem of neighborhood culture, where the staff appreciate you for tipping well and the walls are festooned with artifacts revering heroes – alive and departed. A … Continue reading

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A Visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture…

When approaching the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the first thing I notice is its size. “Monolithic” comes to mind. On the National Mall of Washington, D.C., the trapezoidal prism encompasses five-acres. Its scale placed into … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Summer on the W&OD Trail…

When I need fresh air and exercise, I cycle the Washington & Old Dominion trail, a 45-mile pathway through northern Virginia, between Shirlington and Purcellville. The path follows the former roadbed of the W&OD railway. Walkers, joggers, and cyclists enjoy … Continue reading

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Dutch Stories: The Werewolf of Doylestown, PA!

So I have this friend named ____________; we’ve been friends for 19 years, since our time in Peace Corps. Standup guy. Jersey boy, through and through. He and I have had some amazing adventures over the years: from West Africa … Continue reading

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Arlington House, the Home of General Robert E. Lee

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend a reception held at Arlington House, in Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. For those who don’t know, Arlington House was built between 1802 … Continue reading

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Perilous Dream Flight…

I fly in my dreams about twice a season. Like all dreams, they’re unexpected occurrences, but still welcomed with delight. My flights begin on foreign soil: a city in Japan or Germany, a pasture in France or Cote D’Ivoire. Whether … Continue reading

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Rural Gothic: The Dead Anarchist

In the early 1900s, American industries and homes grew famished for coal, and a feast lay within the rugged depths of Southwestern Virginia. To attain this resource required infrastructure to cut across the Appalachian Mountains, ill-suited for transporting vast quantities … Continue reading

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