Advertorial: Colonial Jewelers – Frederick Gorilla

It was such an honor to interview Patty Hurwitz for this article about the FMH Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund. I was amazed to learn how much direct impact this fund has on the Frederick community. The article focuses on the fundraising events hosted by Colonial Jewelers (owned and operated by the Hurwitz family), including their upcoming Celebrity Girls' Night Out. Dressing up like Marilyn Monroe to raise money sounds like a blast! Read the full article here: Advertorial: Colonial Jewelers - Frederick Gorilla … [Read more...]

Round-Up: Articles Worth Reading

I often come across interesting articles online that I'll share via social media. Sometimes Facebook. Sometimes Twitter. It depends on the article. Sometimes, though, I don't get around to sharing articles and they pile up in my Internet browser. So, I'm taking the lead from one of my favorite blogs and posting a round-up of articles I think are worth reading (or just fun reads). 9 Reasons to Go to DC Right Now from AFAR magazine. I've got to say that #1 is draw for me. Transportation App Bridj has Bus-Sized Ambitions for DC from WAMU. So, this one I heard, rather than read, but I was intrigued by the concept enough to look it up online. My Slower-Paced Blog by Micha Boyett. I discovered Micha during an Art of Simple podcast and quickly bookmarked this article to share later. As a newly published author, this paragraph from her post really resonated with me: The truth was that writing a book was exhausting. I wept for the time I spent away from my kids. I wept for how out … [Read more...]

Happy Book Birthday Giveaway

Today is my book's birthday, the day it officially makes its way into the world. Happy birthday 100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die. May you inspire readers to discover this capital city. I'd planned to spend the day exploring the District with my family but the temperature is below freezing with an even colder wind chill. There are, of course, plenty of activities perfect for cold weather days, like exploring one of the 19 Smithsonian museums or sledding in Battery Kemble Park. Still, we're going to stay home today. So, in celebration of my book's birthday, I'm giving away a signed copy. Enter below for your chance to win. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

10 Things to Do in DC Before You Die

  USA TODAY 10BEST recently published my article, 10Best Things to Do in DC Before You Die. It's excerpted from my book, which will be released on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Here are the 10 DC attractions that I featured in the article, and the book. 1. The Exorcist Steps 2. Duke Ellington's DC 3. Ben's Chili Bowl 4. Millennium Stage 5. Washington National Cathedral 6. Tea at the Willard 7. The Memorial at Night (see above photo) 8. Smithsonian Segway Tour 9. Markets 10. National Archives Read the full article here or buy the book here. What's on your DC bucket list?           … [Read more...]

VIDEO: 100 Things DC Cover Reveal

Guess what arrived at my doorstep? My author copies of 100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die. {pause for happy dance} I made a short video to share the experience with you. Check it out here. Then, come on back, mkay? Stay tuned for more Washington, DC content and book updates. In the meantime, you can read more about the book here and preorder it on Amazon. It'll be available on February 15, 2015. Don't miss a post. Subscribe today. It's free! … [Read more...]