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About mariannedc

I just moved from Albany, NY, to the Washington, DC, area and many friends and former co-workers want to hear about my life here. So this seemed like a great way to do that.

Springtime Touring of DC Neighborhood

The snow is gone and so are the cold temps and even the rain of last weekend. So I celebrated by joining a walking tour of one of DC’s neighborhoods with the local Sierra Cub chapter. We met at the corner … Continue reading

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Our Fall Adventure in the Arizona Desert

I just returned from one of the most scenically stunning, physically demanding and culturally diverse vacations that I can remember. Ted and I had been planning for months to travel to Arizona to backpack into Havasupai Canyon with his sister Betsy, … Continue reading

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Joining the Traveling Lifestyle

People in the DC area seem to travel more than those I’ve met in other places where I’ve lived. It’s probably due to a mixture of professions over-represented here — journalists, government workers and staff of national and international non-governmental organizations … Continue reading

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A Very Progressive 4th of July

          It was my third summer here and I finally made it to the storied Takoma Park 4th of July parade. It was all it was billed as. There were the expected carloads of politicians — all of them Democrats, … Continue reading

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Neighborliness Alive in Takoma Park

I’ve always enjoyed my neighborhood, with its bungalo houses and sidewalks giving it more a village feel than a city on the edge of Washington, D.C. A major crossroads for many public bus routes is just a few blocks away, … Continue reading

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Comparing NYC and DC

I just returned from a few days of meetings in New York City and from the start found myself comparing the Big Apple to D.C.  in many ways. In New York: I could walk around on a very sunny day and not … Continue reading

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Venturing Outside the Beltway

People in D.C. talk about “life inside the Beltway,” the I-495 loop that encircles Washington and the closest-in Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The term is usually used to describe a geographical bubble inside which conversation leans to politics and topics that … Continue reading

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