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My Favorite Things – Springtime in D.C.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still thrilled to live and work in New York City.  That said, cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. IS hard to beat!  This week the temps in the nation’s capital have gone from being in the mid-30s and 40s to a balmy 78 degrees today.  Though the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin are still not sure if winter’s gone for good, I’m betting that they’ll overcome their shyness and burst into bloom over the next two days.  (Fingers crossed!)

Here’s what’s blooming so far around the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown neighborhoods…

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Friday’s Thought – On Happiness

“Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.” 

(Austin O’Malley)

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Sunday’s Thought – The Cycle of Life

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”

(George MacDonald)

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles (From Afar)

I just visited Milwaukee,

Where the men were stocky.

Running around Manhattan,

Most people rarely fatten.

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Friday’s Thought – By the Sea

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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

(Lord Byron)

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From My Sketchbook – Faces from my Travels

Even though our short escape to New England last week was a vacation, I still brought along my sketch book.  Here are two interesting faces I sketched:

On the bus…

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And at the King Arthur Flour Cafe.

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My Favorite Things – A Late Fall Escape to New England

With the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater fall seasons wrapped up, my husband and I jumped at the chance to escape from the city for a few days.   We chose to head up to New England since we know and love the area, and getting there is fairly easy via Dartmouth Coach.

The views on the lake where my mom spends every summer were a wintry mix of hazy purples with dots of late fall orange foliage.

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And the autumn light (seen here from a covered bridge in Woodstock, VT) bathed the landscape in a shimmery glow.

Photo taken on covered bridge in Woodstock, VT in the late fall by Joana MirandaFallen leaves and bare branches…

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Made it seem like Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  (Or perhaps it was our TWO trips to the fabulous King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT that whet our appetite for holiday baking and celebrating!)

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In any case, we certainly were very thankful for our little escape!

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