Afternoon at the Capitol: The Congressional Recognition Reception

March 28, 2011

It was St. Patrick’s Day, so how fitting that we would get held up on our post lunch walk to the Capitol by the Irish Prime Minister’s visit. We all stood waiting on the presidential motorcade to cross the street

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Maryland Parks Go to Washington: Shadowing our Members on Capitol Hill

March 22, 2011

The group of Maryland NRPA members I shadowed was fortunate Their Hill visits were with lawmakers sympathetic to parks. I heard a couple of stories as we navigated the halls of the Longworth building about past meetings with brusque, impassive,

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Visit to Legislative Forum: A Crash Course in Park Advocacy

March 18, 2011

Capitol Hill has always seemed like alien territory to me. I like writing about policy, and I like learning about policy. But something about the Hill and all of its staffers and lingo and inner circles and very young people

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Budding Friendship

March 15, 2011

This weekend found me scrutinizing the thin branches of the weeping cherry tree in my front yard. The blossom buds were frustratingly tiny, not surprising given that our nights have still been falling below freezing more often than not. Blossom

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Nothing But the Facts

March 11, 2011

Every month it is my responsibility to compile the “factoids” that appear in the magazine. The idea of having a regular compilation of numbers based facts relating to a particular theme stems from the famous Harper’s Index—and I tend to

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Toward a New Order

March 8, 2011

Having experienced numerous recessions in my professional lifetime, I’ve come to the conclusion that for all their destructiveness, some good comes out of them. It’s not always evident at the time. But you can observe tell-tale signs, especially when you hear the phrase, “New Normal,” as in we’ll be operating in a new

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Keeping the Gates Open at RedGate (Cont'd)

March 4, 2011

There’s something to be said for attending certain events in person, rather than just reading about the results later. The Rockville City Council meeting to decide the fate of RedGate Golf Course seemed straightforward but subtle undercurrents in the room

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