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5 Ways D.C. Is Actually Great (For People 'Meh' on Monuments, Top Chefs, or K Street)
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

I’ve found D.C. to be far beyond the House of Cards-meets-Cherry Blossom Festival sketch beloved by press and many residents alike. In my daily experience, D.C. is collaborative, generous, and deserving of acc ...

Weekly Wrap 9.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

1. In Record Turnout, Demographics Shape Scotland's Emphatic No Vote National Geographic has a recap (and stunning photos) of yesterday's vote: "Tomorrow a new campaign—for reconciliation—will b ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Gathering for Solidarity in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Last night, D.C. residents young and old gathered in Columbia Heights to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. Last night, Washington, D.C., residents young and old gathered in t ...

People Love Their Nickel Creek
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t realize so many people could love Nickel Creek so strongly. The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” ...

Punch Brothers: God-Honoring Musicianship
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

People often say the mark of a true “master of a craft” is one who makes something ridiculously difficult look easy. Chris Thile, former member of Nickel Creek and front man for folk group Punch Brothers, is o ...

Freelance Whales Treat Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

Freelance Whales’ performance on Wednesday was a bit like my experience with Hurricane Sandy: One minute was jubilation at the prospect of no work for two days, and the next minute was a mellowed out restlessn ...

Sipping Scotch in a Mansion and Eating Jesus Off the Floor in the Nation’s Capital
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

We went to the Washington National Cathedral, a gigantic Episcopal church and self-professed “spiritual home for the nation.” This strikes me a bit funny, as a) Episcopalians make up fewer than half a percent ...

As Hateful Ads Expand to D.C., So Does Sojourners’ Response
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

Responding to attacks on Muslims, Sojourners has been placing ads around the country with a simple reminder of Jesus' command to love our neighbors. The billboards and subway ads read: “Love Your Muslim N ...