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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Katharine Lee Bates, born in 1859, was an American writer, poet and professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her claim to fame was not so much what she taught in the classroom, but what she was able to achieve far from a blackboard. In her many travels, Bates spent a summer in 1893 teaching a course at Colorado College in Colorado Springs when she and a group of other teachers decided to go on a trip to the top of…

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I Call Uncle…

I Call Uncle…

NTCA’s headquarter offices are in Arlington, Va., a thriving DC suburb. We’ve been in this location for a number of years and it has been a good fit for us – relatively reasonable rent, access to a mall across the street, close to a metro stop and with enough parking for us to fulfill our commitment to our team to do our best to keep commutes as reasonable (tough though when it comes to commuting in DC – between metro…

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I Can Think of Worse Things….

I Can Think of Worse Things….

With each generation, it’s impossible not to ponder the traits and values passed down from our parents (love my dad around the world but I’m delighted I got his loud laugh instead of his big ears!) and then to explore which traits we have passed along to our children (with hopes that they are the ones we like ourselves instead of sharing those traits that are more annoying…and I have a few!). Well, in our family, we certainly share a…

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The Sounds of Summer….

The Sounds of Summer….

Summer is a time for family, catching your breath and finding venues – including those outside – to listen to music. I already have a pretty eclectic taste when it comes to music and have found the years of Kelsey and I sharing an iTunes account instrumental in busting me out of my comfort zone…suddenly alternative music, country music and even limited hip-hop made it into my earbuds. My husband Don and I continue to look for ways to spend…

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

As we head into our Independence Day celebration, I find myself reflecting how after all my 35 years here in our nation’s capital, I have never tired of the sights that are so rich with history and tell the story of freedom and democracy. Every once in a while, however, when I am in a cab heading to a meeting downtown, on Capitol Hill or at the FCC, I forget to turn my head to admire the Lincoln or Jefferson…

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Sometimes You Just Need to Smell the Flowers…

Sometimes You Just Need to Smell the Flowers…

….or chew on a water-logged stick! It was time for our annual trek of taking a few days to do a “workaction” at the beach so we found a few days last week to journey to Delaware to our beach house rental complete with an extra pet fee and close enough to the state park to allow Cassie some of her favorite beach time. A pad of paper on the counter listed all of our conference calls so that Don…

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The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

Today was such a fabulous day for the Bloomfield – Patterson crew as we attended the graduation ceremony for Kelsey, our youngest, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she received her Master’s degree in International Relations, International Economics and a speciality in National Security and a concentration in the Middle East…whew!  Just thinking about all of that and what it entails makes me a little bit stressed. This degree was the culmination of two long years…

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One of the Real Good Guys

One of the Real Good Guys

It’s easy to be cynical about Washington and that cynicism goes back to the start of our union. However, the addition of a 24-hour news cycle along with the rapid rise of social media has made it harder and harder to avoid the partisan squabbles and chants of “drain the swamp.” (I’ve always wondered if trade associations are considered part of the swamp but since I represent the “good guys,” I’ve tried not to think about this too hard!) But…

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More Than One Day A Year

More Than One Day A Year

One minute she was a young, ex-Olympian escapee from East Germany, and the next she is dancing with a young American ROTC officer from MIT and the conclusion is that she left her own mother and family and came to this country, without much English in her repertoire and was soon a mother…mine. I can’t imagine what a huge leap each of those moves were for my mother but she was a brave young woman to make them.  My folks…

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A World Without Home Internet Access

A World Without Home Internet Access

As much as we ponder, collaborate and work with policymakers on what daily life is like for those without internet access, I am admittedly spoiled by my own in Arlington, Va.  Until…. last week.  A power outage in my neighborhood wreaked havoc on my home fiber connection and I have been without a dial tone, television and far most importantly, home Wi-Fi access since Thursday.  The first day, I felt like the classic urbanite “roughing it”…like being on a camping…

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