Bloggers, Cherry Blossoms, and Memorials

In the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting people whose blogs I follow. It’s been amazing. They came from nearby in Virginia as well as California, Canada, and New Zealand. We began with a lunch party organized by Laurie of Life on the Bike who then whisked Alys, Kelly, and Pauline away to Radford for a few days.

The blossoms that have their own festival!

The blossoms that have their own festival!

On their return to DC, they wanted to see the Cherry Blossoms down at the Tidal Basin, so I met them at their hotel in Dupont Circle and proceeded to walk their legs off. First we visited Einstein at the National Academy of Sciences. Since I work nearby, Einstein is often a lunch companion in good weather.

Kelly had some things to impart to Einstein.  He seems to be listening.

Kelly had some things to impart to Einstein. He seems to be listening.

Then Alys took this photo of Pauline, me and Kelly schmoozing with the great man.

Then Alys took this photo of Pauline, me and Kelly schmoozing with the great man.

We moved on to the Lincoln Memorial, which is always mobbed, but from which you can view the whole length of the Mall and in which you can read the masterful second inaugural speech as well as the Gettysburg address.

This is a view from Lincoln's south side.  Kelly noised that the cloak hanging on the back of the chair had seams sculpted into it.

This is a view from Lincoln’s south side. Kelly noticed that the cloak hanging on the back of the chair had seams sculpted into it.

After that, we were on our way down the river path I normally cycle toward the Jefferson Memorial and the cherry blossoms.

Here they are, the widely traveled bloggers: Kelly, Alys, and Pauline, almost at their destination!

Here they are, the widely traveled bloggers: Kelly, Alys, and Pauline, almost at their destination!

Before visiting Jefferson, we stopped for a chat and a photo with George Mason. Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was widely copied by the other states and became the basis for the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. He was someone who stepped into public life when he was needed and went back to his farm when he perceived his job finished.

I think Mr. Mason looks as though he's enjoying this visit!

I think Mr. Mason looks as though he’s enjoying this visit!

Mr. Jefferson was waiting when we got there, his gaze out at the cherry blossoms.

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I hadn’t been to the memorials for a while and it was good to be reminded of the ideals and intellect and grit of these founders and forebears. There is no politician today who would deliver a speech as concise, honest and compassionate as Lincoln’s second inaugural. Critical thinking, thoughtful debate, reflection and intellectual rigor provided the foundation for a fledgling country. We do well when we practice those same disciplines. It was refreshing to realize this again in the company of friends whose creativity inspires me.

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54 Responses to Bloggers, Cherry Blossoms, and Memorials

  1. What a lovely post about one part of an amazing adventure for you all. I have to confess I am truly jealous!! I love all those statues… but George Mason and Einstein in particular.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    Such inspiring words from you, inspired by these great leaders! We could sure use more of their kind of leadership these days! Your visit with the others sounds perfect–I can’t believe they were lucky enough to hit the cherry blossoms at just the right time!

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  3. Robin says:

    How wonderful! I’m so glad the cherry blossoms are blooming for your get-together. I had hoped to be able to meet Pauline in D.C., but was unable to arrange everything. I’d forgotten all about Einstein. I’ll have to take my granddaughters to meet him the next time we’re there.

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  4. This is a great ‘memorial’ post of our day together Lisa! Thank you – it is such fun! I have come away with a deeper appreciation for those who founded your country and a deep appreciation for our [necessarily] disjointed chats on modern day politics – I feel a little better informed. I loved the Lincoln Memorial – I found it really a profound experience, seeing that gigantic statue and reading his words etched into the walls…… Everyone should read those words every day and bear them in mind as they go about their business. Einstein has long been a favourite of mine and this magnificent gnomish statue. has a feeling of life within and around it. Meeting Mr Mason for the first time, I was quite enamoured of him! That dimpled chin, that friendly debonair tilt of the head – those fine calves! And the man had a first class mind and fine moral principles too! I do think you Americans know how to celebrate your heroes and how to make them accessible to everyone. Thank you for being such an excellent guide – I recommend you to everyone! 🙂 xoxo

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks Pauline! I’m so glad you’re home safe and that you enjoyed the day. It was fun for me, too, as I hadn’t been to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials for a while (Mr. Mason I see on bike rides and Einstein is my lunch buddy). It was so fun to spend time with you! Now I look forward to more blogs from you as you hunker down for winter!

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  5. Lisa, you’ve captured the day beautifully. I had a terrific time and learned so much with you as our guide. You enriched our experience and made for a fun day. Thanks for sharing these photos and experiences.

    I agree with your words and those of Pauline’s as well.

    I especially like your quote: “There is no politician today who would deliver a speech as concise, honest and compassionate as Lincoln’s second inaugural. Critical thinking, thoughtful debate, reflection and intellectual rigor provided the foundation for a fledgling country. We do well when we practice those same disciplines.”

    Thanks for meeting us, and for taking time away from your schedule.

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  6. Reblogged this on Gardening Nirvana and commented:
    It will take some time to digest all the wonderful experiences of this past ten days, but I wanted to share Lisa’s perspective on our last two days in D.C. Lisa acted as our guide through the Washington Mall, enhancing our remarkable experience. Thank you, Lisa.

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  7. Beachbums1 says:

    It was so nice to meet you at the luncheon. Enjoyed reading about Alys, Kelly and Pauline’s return visit. Happy they got to see some very interesting sights here in DC and I’m especially thrilled the Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom. Such a beautiful time of year to visit.

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  8. Reblogged this on The Contented Crafter and commented:
    I loved spending time with Lisa – she is a delight and so knowledgeable about DC! I think her next career choice could be DC Tourist Guide ….

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  9. slippedstitches says:

    Wow! I’ve never been to DC nor had the urge to go until now. I like all the artistic sculpture that also seems accessible enough to allow one to stand and ponder.

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  10. Gallivanta says:

    Oh Mr Mason does seem happy in the international company of bloggers. What a wonderful time you had.

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  11. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hey there Lisa ! My DC wonder guide et’ blogger extraordinaire! It was so awesome to get to meet you and spend a couple of days hoofin’ er around Washington. The Memorials are amazing, my favourite also being Lincoln. Julia at Defeat Despair has posted this photo in the past

    I remember telling her how the photo seemed like it was taken yesterday, it’s so clear. Her and I visited ‘Ford Theatre’ the first week. Very surreal to see the box seat where he died. Then there was the Steven Spielberg’s 2012 movie ‘Lincoln’ with the amazing Daniel Day Lewis followed by the personally lead visit to the heals of his giant shoes with you. So I feel like I know him best. Thanks too for the visit to Casa Cryer and your garden. I’m all motivated to find my own Urban garden space now too. I was trying to tell Mr B about our meal at ‘The Iron Gate’, what would you call that kind of food? It was interesting and all so good. You were really kind to take the days of work to spend with us, see you next time my dear! xo K

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    • arlingwoman says:

      My gosh, you gals are all so nice to reblog me! That photo is indeed amazing in its clarity. Lincoln rode very near the battle lines at least once, putting himself in danger of capture, at least in the Union Army’s imagination (and possibility I suppose). Also, you must be quite wizard to get a photo into the comments. WordPress doesn’t make that easy! It was awfully nice meeting you as well! Re Iron Gate, I think it’s Middle Eastern/Mediterranean, though not quite so much so in its new incarnation. Good luck with getting a garden! I hope Alberta’s own blossoms are blooming soon!

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      • Boomdeeadda says:

        No no hon, YOU were so nice to write a post we could reblog 😀 I’ve just finished unpacking in time to get to work today. There’s really no trick to placing a photo here. You click on a photo in someones post, ‘copy’ that URL and then ‘paste’ If someone clicks on it here, they’re taken back to Julia’s post. It’s a great way to share friends posts. Middle Eastern/Mediterranean ! WOW how exotic, cool. Nothing blooming here yet but shouldn’t be too long….a couple of weeks I hope. There are now buds on the trees.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Spring rolls north! Yay! I’m going to have to remember the photo instructions. I’ve always been trying to put a new photo in…not from a blog, but I’ll use this new info to put in more than a dull, boring link!

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  12. Boomdeeadda says:

    Reblogged this on Boomdeeadda and commented:
    The thing about traveling is, while you’re making all those wonderful memories you also meet the nicest folks along the way. Have you found this to be true on your travels too? Meet my new gal pal and fellow blogger Lisa. She initially met us up for lunch and then actually took two days off of work to show us around DC. Lisa works near The Mall and besides being great company, imparted her knowledge of the history makers we happily visited on our way to the cherry tree’s. Oh !! Get this ! They only began to bloom a couple of days before we were leaving DC !! I was so happy and felt really lucky to have timed it so incredibly. Spring was late to arrive in DC, but how nice of it to wait for Boomdee 😀 Why not come along for our tour with Lisa……

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  13. A marvellous event

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  14. davidprosser says:

    I love the idea of bloggers meeting up like this and what a place to do it. From virtual friends to fast friends is really bringing the community together. Being inspired by folk such as Lincoln and Einstein must be a great prompt for you all when you get back home too.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  15. brymnsons says:

    What fun, and those blossoms oh how lovely to have seen them in the “flesh,” lucky ladies. 🙂

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  16. Thanks for this lovely post. It makes me homesick. It looks as though you all had a fabulous time.

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  17. LB says:

    Lisa, i’m so very glad that you were able to rejoin and then serve as tour guide for our 3 travelers! I so wish i’d been able to take the Arlingwords Tour!
    I’d mentioned that they should visit Albert so it’s perfect that you took them by to say hello.
    Your photography is wonderful, and your commentary about our forebears rings with truth.
    Excellent post!!
    I surely do hope to see you again, Lisa.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks so much, Laurie–and for organizing the great lunch as well. We, at least, are only about 5 hours apart! I had a great time touring as well, and was able to impart a great deal of what is normally useless information to them. I’m going to have to offer tour guiding more often!

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  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers for this team of ladies demonstrating the spiriting of bloggers by getting together! A tip of the cap to the good people of the world.

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  19. So disappointed I had to miss the second round of visits! But I loved reading your incredibly educational post and seeing the wonderful photos of your exploits. Cheers to my newfound blogging friends!

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  20. Robbie says:

    What a beautiful place for you all to meet + enjoy! Enjoyed your tour and reading about your visits:-)

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  21. Allison says:

    Thank you for allowing me to live vicariously through you and your friends – to enjoy the beauty that is Washington in the spring and to remember these great founders of our nation.
    Cousin A. 🙂

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  22. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a great time to visit – not too hot and all those lovely blossoms!

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  23. A fantastic and tantalizing brochure for Washington, Lisa. I used to live in Northern Virginia and know those sights so well–and now miss them very much. Thank you for the lovely walk down memory lane filled with both our nation’s history and my very own.
    Cheers!

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