Pioneer Day

Every July 24, the State of Utah celebrates Pioneer Day, a major state holiday.  Pioneer Day commemorates July 24, 1847, when an early contingent of Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, entered what is now the Salt Lake Valley.  They had made a long trek to find a place of refuge from religious persecution. The holiday […]

Summer Music to Enjoy In and Around Tysons

There is lots of summer left, and with it — opportunities to get out on a summer’s evening and enjoy free music in and around Tysons!  Thursday evenings are particularly hopping, with a number of concert series offerings: The Boro Summer Live Music Series featuring local artists runs Thursday evenings through September 9 from 5:30 […]

Covid Transition – a Liminal Time

I’m finding that the transition out of COVID is stressful for me. And if conversations I’ve had are any indication, the transition is stressful and for many of us. We are in that funny time where we are working toward freedom (our Reston family had our first meal together in an actual restaurant last night!) but […]

Walk and Bike on Tysons Boulevard

As I wrote in an earlier post, Tysons can be a good if not great place for biking and hiking. But when Fairfax County shuts down one northbound lane of Tysons Boulevard to vehicular traffic beginning on July 6, you must at least try one time for yourself.  Capital Bike Share station map The Bike […]

Tysons Area Farmers Markets Have a Lot to Offer

As delicious local summer and fall produce reaches its peak, you might want to check out the bounty that can be found at our local farmers’ markets.  These markets offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced fruits and vegetables, flowers, dairy products, baked goods – even soaps, jams and pickles!  Wear your walking […]

Taoism and the Mystery of Darkness

Someone once told me, I don’t know if it’s true, that the Tao Te-ching (Dao De Jing) the classic of Chinese Taoism (Daoism) has been translated more times than the Bible. Well, here’s my translation of the first few lines, modified from that of the great Christian missionary, James Legge, whose poetic rendering of the […]

Benefits Check Up for Seniors

Did you know?…….. The National Council on Aging has a wonderful tool for exploring benefits that are available for seniors that they may not be aware of. According to the National Council on Aging, there are 2,500 benefit programs for seniors nation-wide. Their on-line tool enables seniors (or volunteers/family members helping them) to explore programs […]

Why the Peace Corps (and Mutual Understanding) Matters

The Republic of Korea or South Korea is special in that it is the only Peace Corps-recipient country to create its own similar agency (KOICA) and because we got there late when the poverty most Americans expect to see in places we send our volunteers was disappearing. They also have more Christian missionaries around the […]

The Spiritual Communist

It may seem strange to talk about spirituality and Chinese communism, but an article posted by a former colleague on LinkedIn recently got me thinking about my days as an economic officer in our embassy in Beijing more than 20 years ago. Back then I often hung out in a crowded, run-down “salon” bearing the […]

Anime and Neighborhood Soul

This past month, Peter Bartholomew, an old acquaintance of mine from my Peace Corps Korea days passed away suddenly. Peter was no ordinary guy, as the attached obituary by Andrew Salmon attests:   Asia Times:  Guardian of Korean Heritage Passes.  It’s long, but very juicy and worth reading, particularly the passage about fights between developers […]