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John Kelly's Commons: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

BritNews RoundUp: Fanged Deer Edition

Gather round for this week's BritNews RoundUp. But don't get too close to that cute little deer over there, for if it feels threatened its spring-loaded fangs may pop out and do you an injury. That's what's been happening in...

By John Kelly  |  April 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Playing Blossom: Meeting the Princesses

And so last night to the residence of the Japanese ambassador, Ichiro Fujisaki, for a Cherry Blossom Festival party. I have to admit I've never been much involved with things festivular in Washington. I don't think I'm alone in...

By John Kelly  |  April 3, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Real Cherry Tree Whisperer

Despite my fictitious column yesterday, there is a person who knows Washington's flowering cherry trees like the back of his hand. He's Park Service horticulturalist Rob DeFeo. Mike Ruane has a nice story this morning on a patch of very...

By John Kelly  |  April 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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All in Good Fun: April Fools' Day

No, the National Park Service is not really selling Washington's famed cherry trees. It's April Fool's Day and so you should be suspicious of everything you encounter today. Open that can of peanut brittle carefully, look under that cushion before...

By John Kelly  |  April 1, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Fractured English: Familiar Yourself, Ride On!

Nobody said English was easy. I struggle with it every day. Still, there's something funny about a little snippet of our mother tongue that can be found on Montgomery County's Ride On bus Web page: "To familiar yourself to the...

By John Kelly  |  March 31, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Where in Washington?

Robb Camardi of Tampa sent in the first correct entry in last week's Where in Washington? He correctly identified the Taft Bridge, which takes Connecticut Avenue over Rock Creek Park. (When it was first built it was dubbed "The Million...

By John Kelly  |  March 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Old College Try (and the All-American Rejects)

It's college acceptance letter time. Back when I was in high school -- some time around the Civil War -- students who hoped to go to college applied to two or three schools. At least, those in my crowd did....

By John Kelly  |  March 30, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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