Haiku In the Nation's Capital

Haiku In the Nation's Capital

 Haiku...

…a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey an experience.

– Haiku Society of America

The District of Columbia’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID --- a 43-block neighborhood that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle.) has just announced it is open for and ready to receive entries to the city’s Annual Golden Haiku Literary Competition. It’s the 6th year for this event and it’s incredibly popular. Last year there were more than 1,600 original entries from 45 countries, 34 states and the District of Columbia itself. 

Tall Tales About Living and Working in The White House

Tall Tales About Living and Working in The White House

Of course, we think the best way to learn about White House history is to take a Pickle Pea Walk. In Washington, DC.  But, we do realize there are other, very delightful ways to get a look-see into life and work at the White House. And in our research for the walks, we have discovered some very good reads that help with this endeavor and are also great fun. Here are a few of these.

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Kings and queens, chiefs, premiers, presidents and all manner of heads of state have exchanged gifts almost as long as there has been a civilized world. Gifts have been a symbol of respect between people of different cultures, a symbol of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation, even friendship.

But when our country was a young democracy, our leaders felt that accepting gifts from foreign countries was way too dangerous.

Happy Birthday, TR!  How does it feel to be 160 Years Old?

Happy Birthday, TR!  How does it feel to be 160 Years Old?

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was born Oct. 27, 1858, and died nearly 100 years ago on Jan. 6, 1919.

As a birthday present to Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States from 1901 to 1909 (and father of our beloved Quentin), the Library of Congress has now digitized their extensive collection of his papers and made them available to the public on-line.  

Commemorating the100th Anniversary of the Death of Quentin Roosevelt

Commemorating the100th Anniversary of the Death of Quentin Roosevelt

On July 14, 1918, a little over a year after the United States entered World War I, Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt’s 6 children, was shot down and killed by a German Fokker plane over the Aisne River in France. His plane fell behind enemy lines, near the village of Chamery. He was a pilot and flight commander with the 95th “Kicking Mule” Aero Squadron in the United States Air Service.