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The Everglades

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas lived a long, productive life. In her thirties and forties she wrote short stories for The Saturday Evening Post. …

Fine Days in Carolina

“Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” goes the song made famous by Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, …

Wayne Smith’s 100th

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Steve’s father, Wayne W. Smith, Jr. He was born in Rogers, Texas, just …

The Pentagon

The Pentagon, a History: the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon–and to Restore It Sixty Years Later, by Steve …

Patrols Visit DC

Having lived in the Washington DC area from 1968 – 2015, I have prepared this guide for forty 5th-grade safety patrols from …

Commonwealth

The oranges on the cover of this book signify two watershed events inside. Oranges picked from the Keatings’ backyard trees, juiced and mixed …

Garden Inspirations

Quail Ridge Garden Club has inspired me to plant gardens and play piano. This year I was invited to perform a musical review …

Piano for Patrols

Crosspointe Elementary School is just four minutes away from our home in Boynton Beach. It’s a Title 1 school, where over 90% of …

African American Museum

Last month, I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, a place I had wanted to see …

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a charming city of about 13,000, just south of Jacksonville. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the …