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#September11th I Can’t Celebrate Your Birthday

Ground Zero New York City

Today is my husband’s birthday. I really don’t want to celebrate a birthday party today. I have had this feeling for seventeen years. This day is when things got real for me and changed for the worse. When the world decided to knock on my quite USA door to scream that it was there to…

How Music Plays a Part in Literacy… and Much More

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Like all parents, you want to see your child succeed in school, and that’s why you should get them involved in music. That may sound strange, as most education focuses on the core skills of math, science, and reading. But playing an instrument can help your child with all of them, as it promotes cognitive…

Memorial Day Weekend

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The start-of-summer for my family really kicks off with Memorial Day Weekend.  This is a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and celebrate our Nation’s hero.  Many people feel that Memorial Day in Washington, DC is a very  important tradition.  Of course, most travelers think that the only thing to see are…

4 Ways To Help A Child With A Learning Disability Get Involved With The Arts

Learning Disability Children and Art

  Studies show that five percent of the children in the United States have a learning disability. While that may seem like a relatively small number, for the kids and their parents who make up that percentile, it’s a big deal. Traditional treatment methods include a combination of visual techniques, occupational therapy, the use of…

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Woman Reading a Letter Gabriel Metsu

Vermeer & Masters of Genre Painting Finding Inspiration, Rivalry and Artistic Evolution At the Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Paintings exhibit, I saw Genre Paintings that were similar in style, subject matter, and techniques.  The National Gallery of Art has put together a great exhibit that tries to explore the questions of “inspiration, rivalry,…

Brumidi US Capitol Artist Uncovered

Apothesis

Brumidi US Capitol Artist UncoveredConstantino Brumidi The first thing that I think of with the phrase “Art in the US Capitol” a single name pops into my head; Constantino Brumidi. After all, he painted the Apotheosis of Washington on the Dome Canopy, the Rotunda frieze, and the…

July 4th Travel Tips to Have a Great Tour

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Happy 4th of July Here are Travel Tips for the Summer.  Tip 1: If you have a question for the tour operator that you have either emailed or left a message give them at least 24 hours to respond.  Most tour operators are all hands-on deck, and working in the field with customers during tour times. …

Jeanette Rankin: Celebration First Woman in Congress

US Capitol Tour

US Capitol TourJeannette Rankin April: Celebrating First Woman in Congress A wonderful thing about taking a group into the US Capitol is that I get to hear nuggets of information that are  amazing.  This time around the US…