Category Archives: neighborhood

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

DC is a small city when you think about it. Just 68.3 square miles. It’s lovely diamond shape is easy to navigate. There are four separate quadrants with numbered and lettered streets (and state streets that cross diagonally). Thanks to … Continue reading

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Field Notes On Transitioning

The cold has only just now arrived in Washington, D.C. Unlike my native Chicago, Washington, D.C. tends to be milder. So mild, in fact, that when a bit of white fluffy stuff lands in the nation’s capital, everyone panics.  Just … Continue reading

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[Cross-Post] Embracing a New Identity

[Editor’s note: This post was originally written for the aoneeight mission blog for National Community Church in Washington, D.C. You can read my pre-trip blog posts here and here] “Why are you guys here again?” “We are here because we … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Short-Term Missions Skeptic

A Mission is a Movement from National Community Church on Vimeo. I confess I had no intention of going on a mission trip this year. In fact, I was pretty determined to avoid the whole thing. Last year I read “When … Continue reading

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Life not an action flick, cautions IJM’s president

VOICES: Gary Haugen from The Justice Conference on Vimeo. The book of love is long and boring, said Gary Haugen at The Justice Conference last month. His message was refreshing – in a time when our generation wants a quick … Continue reading

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The New Union Market DC — One Week Later

The NoMa-Trinidad neighborhood isn’t one of my regular hangouts, but on Saturday I was determined to investigate Union Market DC, just one week after it’s grand opening on August 8. I’d heard good things. Tasty things. Union Market is just … Continue reading

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Beyond DC: The Simple Way (Philadelphia)

There are so many approaches to community building and restoration. I got to see a few different methods in action when I visited Philadelphia earlier this month. I can’t easily talk about what I actually did; it’s hard to put … Continue reading

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Extreme Bus Rider

You may have heard of Extreme Couponing — the reality show featuring savvy consumers who furiously clip the Pennysaver for 50 cents here, 20 cents there. I like the premise of the show, because it shows how the little savings … Continue reading

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5 Strategies For Your DC Housing Search

It’s revolving door time! The newest batch of graduates, interns and job-switchers has landed in DC faster than you can say, “the rent is too damn high.” Which brings me to…housing. Here’s the short answer: it’s doesn’t HAVE to be … Continue reading

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The White House ala Springtime

It is easy to forget that I live in the nation’s capital: the proximity of everything, the frequency with which I pass famous places makes everything seem so normal. The Capitol rotunda becomes just another part of the skyline on … Continue reading

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