On My Mind

August 18, 2016 | Diana Belchase


Inside the African American History Museum

Here at MCM, we often post about the things we see — especially in and around Washington, D.C.  Imagine my delight at being able to bring you photos from the National Museum of African American History and Culture months before it opens to the public! Author Krista Hall asked me what it was like looking […]

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February 2, 2016 | Diana Belchase

Quince Orchard Academic Team

Gaithersburg’s QOHS Crushes McLean (PHOTO)

    Gaithersburg sometimes finds it hard to compete with the hoopla of nearby communities. You know the kind — laden with so many over-achievers, they make good and great seem like barely passing. This is often true of McLean, Virginia. Filled with posh homes and one of the top high schools in the nation, parents are desperate to live […]

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September 22, 2015 | Diana Belchase


Spies at the Met?

Possibly one of the most frequent questions I get as an author is: Where does your inspiration come from? The answer: From everything, and everybody, everywhere.  An example of this is from a recent trip to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fantastic exhibit, China Through the Looking Glass, had all the hamster-wheels in my brain running at […]

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September 11, 2015 | Diana Belchase

Linton Brooks

Cold War with Russia — Again?

Since moving to the D.C. area, I’ve become a wonk — yes that is an official term. While it can mean a studious or hardworking person — things I certainly hope I am, it mostly means a person who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy. It unofficially means the kind of […]

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April 22, 2015 | Diana Belchase


Earth Day: Saving Canyonlands National Park

Wonderful Shannon Baker, author of 3 books and several short stories, is back again to celebrate Earth Day with us — this time with her friend Laura Kamala. Laura  has lived in the spectacular Canyonlands of southeast Utah for thirty-eight years. During this time she was variously incarnated as a filmmaker, writer, artist, business entrepreneur, and Director of Utah […]

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April 13, 2015 | Diana Belchase

Pink, gorgeous cherry blossoms (c) Diana Belchase

Experience D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms!

The blossoms are set to burst any day now, so I’m sending these photos to all of you in hopes you’ll make the trip to Washington, D.C. and share in this spectacular sight. I promise you, there is no description in the world that will equal the experience of walking through showers of petals, or […]

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April 6, 2015 | Diana Belchase


Mark Catesby, America’s first Naturalist

Diana: Editors E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott have compiled a book about a man I’d never heard of: Mark Catesby. One of the earliest naturalists, as well as an author and illustrator, Catesby studied the fauna and flora of North America over a seven-year period. He influenced Audubon, Darwin, and the explorers Lewis and Clark. […]

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March 30, 2015 | Diana Belchase

Palm Processional (c) Diana Belchase

A Tradition of Palms

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a holiday that many Americans overlook. But in churches around the world, people gathered, prayed, and used palm fronds during the mass to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Among Italian-Americans this day is a whole lot more. I remember my father making us go to a second church service if the […]

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March 24, 2015 | Diana Belchase

(c) 2014 Diana Belchase

Mourning Unforgettable John Rehm

Too many people don’t know who John Rehm was and that’s a great pity. Not that he ever sought the limelight — he was a humble, gracious man who preferred to stay in the shadows and support those who knew how to shine best. He was many things: a D.C. insider, an attorney, an author, a […]

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March 5, 2015 | Diana Belchase


Throw a Pie to Help Set a World Record March 22

I can’t resist spreading the word about this event. Imagine a day where you can literally run away to the circus! Clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, circus shows, and to top it all off, imagine helping set a Guinness World Record for the biggest pie fight ever? Just like in your favorite slap stick comedy. And […]

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