10/06/2015 - 9:10am
When I look around our city, as well as the rest of the world it becomes obvious that we have entered a period of transition and transformation. Are you going to catch a cab or an Uber? Is that real money in your wallet? When did print from a newspaper make you wash your hands? These are the small windows of change one can call the daily weather report. Global warming is another term for fever. Every day we need to ask ourselves, how sick are we? Illness can result from sitting still too much... >>more
09/11/2015 - 9:35am
More tolerant of sin,      less tolerant of evil, I sift with age      and find a few answers. The tickle of truth taunts my      thoughts like hungry ants Eating away at what I knew      and leaving strained clarity: Fear is more clear, more immediate,      more menacing; Art is finally transparent      and I can live in and through it; Sex is more understood,   ... >>more
08/29/2015 - 9:11am
The poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton once called Washington the Demon City. Ahmos, who died here in 2005, was from DeRidder, La. Together we edited the anthology “Synergy,” the first collection of DC black poetry, birthed back in 1975. Ahmos put a dent in the literary world in much the same way Jim Rice knocked balls off the Green Monster in Fenway Park. Ahmos was heavily influenced by science fiction and he drove a white van around town as if looking to pick up Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Back in... >>more
07/31/2015 - 4:00pm
The doldrums of August are nearly upon us, Dear Readers. In the evenings, the thwack of bats sound across the Mall as millennial interns engage in gladiatorial contests. A humid haze obscures that patriotic testament to George's manhood. On Capitol Hill, our Congressional minders stagger through the twilight hours of a spring session. While at the other side of Pennsylvania Ave. NW, The Nose's favorite cast of characters, the DC Council, is poised to flee the Wilson Building for the... >>more
07/30/2015 - 5:30pm
The Stealth condo officially hit the market in late July, bringing four new two-level, three-bedroom condos just north of H Street. Sales are by the Bissey Team at John C. Formant Real Estate. The triangular lot – bounded by Florida and West Virginia avenues and 9th and L streets NE – resulted in a creative layout that from the air looks like its namesake, a Stealth Bomber. The triangular shape allows each unit to have windows on three sides and to share just one wall with... >>more
07/30/2015 - 11:29am
In Search of Blessings Everywhere It’s late morning on a Thursday. I’m sitting in Busboys (Takoma Park) waiting for my friend Susan to make the trip into the District from Virginia. Susan teaches at Marymount University, a school I’ve grown closer to over the years as a result of good friendships. In the last innings of life you want to look around at the team you’re on. You want a life filled with rookies and seasoned veterans. I like associating with young artists who... >>more
07/01/2015 - 9:12am
The District’s enviable real estate market–and residential demand in particular–has resulted in change to nearly every corner of the city. However, the renewed vitality this has brought to long-neglected neighborhoods has not come without problems. The term gentrification encompasses the restoration of existing residential structures and is typically accompanied by demographic change altering a neighborhood’s racial and economic profile. The demand for close-in housing... >>more
06/30/2015 - 9:11am
When I was a child I read about the pilgrims but I never thought I would become one. There comes a point in a person’s life when one either continues to lip-sync or composes one’s own melody. A few months ago I departed from an old world and embraced the journey to a sacred place. As an African-American I have often reflected on the contours of black history. Here is a black koan to meditate on: Which is worse, to be taken from the land or to have the land taken from you?  If... >>more
06/19/2015 - 7:49am
Now, how much longer should we wait      to forge ahead, leave what we know? Once all our duties are fulfilled,      should not we, then, pack up and go? Grandchildren and their parents are      emboldened, loved, secured and raised, Taught all we know and urged to go      and handed all we saved and praised— Those assets forebears handed us:      stark wisdom, if our words are that,... >>more