On My Mind


Join Golden Heart award winner and novelist,  Diana Belchase,  at On My Mind as she explores life in the Maryland/DC area.  She’ll be brining you print and video interviews with bestselling authors, book news, and details about restaurants, theater, local arts and life in all its glory.  Remember, Diana would like to know what’s on your mind, too.  She can be reached through her personal website at www.DianaBelchase.com.

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Rolling Thunder Rolls Through Gaithersburg

(c) 2017 Diana Belchase

Every Memorial Day weekend, for the last thirty years, we get Rolling Thunder in the D.C. area. No, not the weather, but a huge motorcycle rally. Each year this group roars onto the D.C. Mall — all in tribute to vets and for a great cause — for those still Missing In Action, Prisoners of War, and repatriation […]

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Inside the African American History Museum

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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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Gaithersburg's QOHS Crushes McLean (PHOTO)

Quince Orchard Academic Team

    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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Spies at the Met?

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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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Cold War with Russia -- Again?

Linton Brooks

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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Earth Day: Saving Canyonlands National Park

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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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Experience D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms!

Pink, gorgeous cherry blossoms (c) Diana Belchase

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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Mark Catesby, America's first Naturalist

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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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A Tradition of Palms

Palm Processional (c) Diana Belchase

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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Mourning Unforgettable John Rehm

(c) 2014 Diana Belchase

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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