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DC Bike Ride

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel throughout D.C. without any traffic? To be able to go through tunnels without worrying of a sudden stop. To be merging onto the 395 Southbound without fear of congestion. To be on the Whitehurst Freeway and soaking up the …

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FAMILY Blog: Not Another Hallmark Holiday

Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of what I call the “Hallmark holidays.” You know what I mean—those “holidays” scattered throughout the year that seem designed only to make money for greeting card companies, florists and restaurants. (Free advice to fellow members of the male species: If you share …

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FAMILY Blog: Keeping What Counts

Growing up, my mother seemed to have boundless holiday energy. To be perfectly honest, she’s a tough act to follow! On Thanksgiving, she would start writing her Christmas newsletter to send to friends and family. She kept up the tradition as my brothers and I grew and started families of …

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FAMILY Blog: Fall Festivals, Family and Fun

One of my favorite things about fall is the plethora of festivals. Although they seem to come all at once, in a six-week sprint between mid-September and Halloween, these events give us a chance to be outdoors in the beautiful fall weather, learn a little bit more about some aspects …

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FAMILY Blog: My 3 R’s For September

Growing up, I used to look to September with a tinge of excitement. The beginning of a new school year meant getting a clean slate – new teachers, new clothes, new classmates, new activities, new books – the list goes on. In many ways, it felt like a “pre-New Year.” …

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FAMILY Blog: On the Road Again

It’s that time of year again: Time for family, time for festive cheer, time for giving, and yes, time for the dreaded family holiday travel adventure. Most parents cringe at the idea of a long-distance road trip — being in confined quarters with backseat sibling battles over who gets to …

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Falling in Love with Fall

Being from Southern California, I love my cut-off shorts and flip flops. But there’s something to be said for boots, hats and scarves. Not only is the look fashionable, but unlike in warm California, they’re must-have accessories for our chilly seasonal weather change. And the upcoming season just happens to …

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FAMILY Blog: The Lens of Fatherhood

Our family has just gone through a big transition. After 23 years, we’re now retired military. My husband, and father of our three kids, is no longer wearing his uniform and having folks salute and call him “Sir.” While we don’t plan on saluting him at home to compensate, we’re …

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FAMILY Blog: The Best Birthday Party Ever!

When I was growing up, we didn’t have birthday parties. Maybe it wasn’t the thing to do back then. But I still have fond birthday memories. My German mom would wake me up with a birthday greeting: “Sylvchen, Hertlichen Gluckwunch Zum Geburtstag!” and a kiss and a hug. I’d wear …

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FAMILY Blog: Reflections From the He(ART)

Sleek cases of coated wood, full of art materials, serve as the base of a towering pile of art books and New Yorker magazines that flank my desk. Within the cases are an elaborate array of pastels, acrylic paints and colored pencils that haven’t been touched in years. They serve …

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