Monthly Archives: September 2014

Science beats superstition – for now

I went to the signing ceremony of a book about the Kennewick Man at the Natural History Museum. Douglas Owsley, the author, is a real hero. He stood up to the forces of politically correct superstition to get the science … Continue reading

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New Deal murals

The Smithsonian Museum of American Art did a program today on the mural art of the New Deal, especially emphasizing the work of Texas Artist Tom Lea.  These murals were commissioned by the government during the Great Depression.  They were … Continue reading

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Dilettantes dilemma

I will probably have to retire next year & I am looking for things to do. Among other things, I am considering part-time teaching. This would be a way to share some of my education and experience with the next … Continue reading

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Anacostia Community Museum

Taxi drivers don’t know how to get to the Anacostia Community Museum, so if you take a taxi be sure to take a printout of the maps and directions.  There is a shuttle that runs from the Smithsonian museums on … Continue reading

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Air & Space Museum

I am working to figure out where I might be most useful and it is interesting. I went to the Air & Space Museum. It is very popular with overseas audiences. It is very hard to send actual stuff to … Continue reading

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Aldie Mill – Loudoun County

Alex is taking some classes in historical preservation & archeology at the NOVA community college.  I have come truly to appreciate community colleges, especially NOVA.  They provide well-targeted ways to prepare for specific careers.  Alex was assigned to visit Adlie … Continue reading

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Food trucks

Food trucks were just starting to show up when I left Washington only a little more than three years ago and most of those were the cheap hot dog stand variety.  They are thick as flies these days, with sophisticated … Continue reading

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In the underground castle

I want to brag that I have an office in the Smithsonian castle. In fact, my office is three stories below ground. It is not so bad, as you can see from the picture. It is kind of like a … Continue reading

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Walking in Northern Virginia suburbs

Went for a two-hour walk to listen to my audio book and take advantage of the hot & humid day. I have learned to like humidity.  You sweat, but if you don’t have to wear a suit or sit still … Continue reading

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