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Forest Bathing Book exercise
Washington DC

Forest Bathing Book Class at Smithsonian

The two words are incongruous—Forest Bathing. What does one do? Swim in a pile of leaves? Walk in the woods when it is raining? All the questions were in my mind when I attended my first introduction class to…

Adventure Reflections

National Arboretum in Winter

Wild, woody and wonderous is the best way to describe the U.S. National Arboretum in winter. Spanning 446 acres, it is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. It will turn 100 years old in…

Washington DC

Exploring Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC

Nestled by the Anacostia River in the northeast corner of DC lies a jewel that many Washingtonians (and visitors) don’t know exists. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens’ exotic waterborne flowers shine like gems—amethyst, morganite (fuchsia), and topaz—in the small ponds. In…

Washington DC

U.S. Botanic Gardens’ Anniversary

To celebrate the U.S. Botanic Gardens’ anniversary in 2020, it commissioned a North Carolina artist to create a gigantic wooden “stickwork” sculpture—“O Say Can You See” —in Washington DC. The USBG is located next to the U.S. Capitol and…

Pet-Centric Washington DC

Puppy Trek at the National Arboretum

Take a puppy trek at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. on the weekend—or enjoy a day off from work during the week—if you really love your canine. “Live. Laugh. Bark.” Unknown This is Dog World USA—sticks, mulch, pebbles,…

Rooftop Garden to visit at Smithsonian
Washington DC

Pink Blooming Saucer Magnolia Trees in DC

Each spring before the cherry blossoms peak, Washingtonians race to see the giant cup-shaped pink blooming saucer magnolia trees at the Smithsonian. There are two rows of pink blooming saucer magnolia trees (also known as tulip magnolia trees) that…

Gratitude Reflections

“Just To Be Alive”

Happy May! It’s a new month. It’s a new restart to my life (and yours). I didn’t plan to write a blog this week. Now in week 7 of working at home and sheltering, my life is lived small.…