Diana Belchase

May 30, 2017 | Diana Belchase

Rolling Thunder Rolls Through Gaithersburg

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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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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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

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 24, 2015 | Diana Belchase

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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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February 13, 2015 | Diana Belchase

Sex, Love and DNA

Wouldn’t it be great if we could do away with dating and failed relationships merely by doing a DNA cheek swab? It sounds simple and pain free, doesn’t it? In our cells lurk genetic markers that just might indicate who is an ideal spouse and who is an utter cad. My guest today, Peter Schattner, is an award-winning scientist, educator and writer […]

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January 9, 2015 | Diana Belchase

Washington Winter Show 2015 (VIDEO)

The Washington Winter Show is underway at the Katzen Art Center at American University. It’s well worth braving the cold to visit the booths and examine some real treasures. (photos (c) Diana Belchase 2015) I interviewed three dealers: Jay Gates of Gates Antiques who describes how an English, Dutch marquetry cabinet was made, Judy Loto […]

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October 20, 2014 | Diana Belchase

Behind the Scenes with Nancy Cordes

TV is always looking for that miraculous combination: girl next door appeal, trap mind, and the spark of something more in their news correspondent’s eyes. Lucky for CBS, Nancy Cordes fits the bill. I met with Nancy last night at her studio in Washington, D.C. She has timeless grace, an easy way of making you […]

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October 16, 2014 | Diana Belchase

My Moment with Joan Rivers

The scruffy man approached me on a Manhattan street with a fan of tickets in his hand. “Would you like to see a free show?” he asked.  (photo Joan Rivers 2010 by David Shankbone courtesy Wikipedia) “Uh, no.” It was 1989 and when men in the Times Square section of NY asked you that kind […]

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