Dia de Muertos

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A pint-sized Dracula stood at my door.  “I want blood.” “Sorry, all I’ve got are Kit Kat bars,” I said, dropping one into his open bag. He mumbled his thanks and, more mouse than bat, scurried off into the darkness. … Continue reading

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No Hell in Helldorado

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“Let’s take a break from this,” I said to Mr. History Tourist last Saturday, indicating all the unpacked boxes that cluttered our new house in Tucson, “and go to Tombstone.” He lifted his head out of a bin of 1000 … Continue reading

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National Museum of African American History

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I know that I said I wouldn’t be posting again until I moved to Tucson, and I’m still in DC but….  The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens today and I had to opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Final Fourth

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Happy Independence Day! It commemorates (for my non-US readers) the day — July 4, 1776 — that the American colonies claimed their independence from England. Each year, the US National Archives — which is the keeper of the original Declaration … Continue reading

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National D-Day Memorial

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The recent commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of D-Day made me realize that I hadn’t done a post on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford is in the southwest part of the state and we visited the memorial … Continue reading

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On the Virginia Side

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At the Virginia end of the Wilson Bridge, on the southern edge of Old Town Alexandria, is the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. Alexandria was occupied by the Union during the Civil War and many slaves ran away to Alexandria. … Continue reading

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Walking the Wilson Bridge

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I admit that I rolled my eyes when Mr. History Tourist said, “There’s a PBS documentary on, about the Wilson Bridge.  Let’s watch it.” Watch a documentary about a bridge? Are you kidding me?! What I knew about the Wilson … Continue reading

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