Friday, May 7, 2021

Still Life with Robin: It's Mother's Day and a Whole Lot More

May 9 is Lilac Day 
(Photo via Creative Commons)

by Peggy Robin

 

Sunday, May 9, is Mother’s Day in the US and that’s something to celebrate for most of us, who are either mothers, or have mothers, or both – and some of those who are neither are still happy to take the second Sunday in May to honor those in their lives who have been loving or nurturing or simply a progenitor. But there are and always will be people who don’t see Mother’s Day as their holiday, for any number of reasons – some of them profound and others, well, maybe it’s just a personal quirk, disdaining the Hallmarkification of the holiday. But whatever the reason, there’s an alternative this May 9 to the mother-loving day. In fact, there are SEVEN alternatives. You can pick and choose to celebrate whichever of the following you like best, whether you are looking for: Something significant and world-changing (take Door #1); Something trivial and funny (try #7); or Something in between:

 

May 9 2021 has lots to choose from, as this date is also….

 

1. The 76th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. In Western Europe and the US, May 8 is the more commonly observed anniversary but because of the time difference between Western and Eastern Europe, it was already May 9 when the victory was declared in 1945 in the Soviet Union, where the worst battles of the war were fought – and so May 9 remains the official date for a holiday in the republics that were once behind the Iron Curtain -- with parades, ceremonies and commemorations, and of course, a day off work. For more on this holiday, see:      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Day_(9_May)  https://www.officeholidays.com/holidays/victory-day

 

2. The 71st anniversary of the first official meeting of the nations that would become the European Union, and so is celebrated as EU Day or Europe Day in the member states. More about Europe Day at https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/europe-day

 

3. Lilac Day. Local garden stores and nurseries may hold a lilac festival.

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/May/lilac-sunday.htm

 

4. Billy Joel’s birthday (he’s 72, really!) Call it Piano Man Day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxEPV4kolz0

 

And now come the silly holidays:

 

4. Hurray for Buttons Day:

Some fun trivia about the history of buttons on this website:

https://www.checkiday.com/dd66d5b129597359589beda17347ef77/hurray-for-buttons-day

 

5. National Butterscotch Brownie Day.

Read all about it here:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-butterscotch-brownie-day-may-9/

And of course, there’s a recipe to make for this day:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/blond-butterscotch-brownies/

 

6. National Tear the Tag Off Your Mattress Day.

Is it really illegal to tear the tag off your mattress? https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/31227/it-really-illegal-remove-your-mattress-tag 

https://www.checkiday.com/57e757a99ab2e9d6b02b6b8b67225b2e/tear-the-tags-off-the-mattress-day 

Learned something, didn’t you?

 

And last….and definitely least:

7. Lost Sock Memorial Day.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-lost-sock-memorial-day-may-9/

Have nothing to say for this one except to note a universal truth of our material world: No sock is ever truly lost. It’s there, somewhere. You just don’t know where.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to you if you celebrate it, and/or a Happy Victory Day/EuopeDay/Billy Joel B-day/Lilac Day/Buttons Day/Butterscotch Brownie Day/Tear the Tag Off Your Mattress Day/Lost Sock Memorial Day to you!

 

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Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Get Out! And Visit the Del Rey Spring Art Market in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, May 8, 10am-4pm

 by Peggy Robin

The "Get Out!" column is back with an in-real-life event that you can enjoy outdoors -- and pick up a last minute Mother's Day Gift, if you've left it till the day before!

The Del Rey Spring Art Market is a free, one-day event that takes place rain or shine. Here's the official description:

Del Ray Artisans’ Spring Art Market is an outdoor market, one day each Spring, that gives you the chance to purchase original handmade artwork from talented local artists. The market showcases artwork in a wide range of media including ceramics, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, paper, photography, and more. Shop original work from local artists—perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation, a teacher’s gift, birthdays, home decor, or treat yourself!

The Spring Art Market is on Saturday, May 8 from 10am-4pm, RAIN or SHINE, in Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA (at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). The artists’ tents are socially distanced; please wear a face mask and respect personal space.

The Spring Art Market is open to the public and free to browse. For more information, visit

NOTE: Tickets are not required for this event, but you may reserve FREE tickets now as a reminder. Drop in anytime between 10am-4pm on Saturday, May 8 to enjoy the market!

Date and time: Sat, May 8, 2021  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 View Map
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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Still Life with Robin: Apex of Kindness

by Peggy Robin

There are lots and lots of small businesses in Cleveland Park, Tenleytown, Woodley Park and the other commercial centers frequented by readers of this listserv, and we know that many of them have earned the deep and lasting loyalty of their customers. I'm about to tell a story of one of them -- Apex Optical -- that has long been high on the most-loved list of neighborhood businesses. But here’s my special reason for showing Apex some love.

My story starts out in Potomac, Maryland, where my mother, age 97 (just about to turn 98), lives in an assisted living residence. She wears bifocal glasses with a strong prescription, but a few days ago when I came to visit, I noticed she was not wearing them. And I also know that reading the New York Times each morning is one of her daily rituals that she has been able to keep up, despite increasing infirmities and limitations of age. Reading the paper, and reading books, too, is one of her few remaining pleasures. But it’s something that can’t be enjoyed without glasses.

“Where are your glasses?” I asked.

“Here,”  she said, producing them from her purse. As soon as I saw the frames, I noticed the empty space where the lenses were supposed to be.

“Where are the lenses?”

“They fell out.”

“Yes, I see that, but where are they?”

“I looked for them but I couldn't find them.”

“Well, of course you couldn't find them. You can't see anything without your glasses! Wouldn't one of the aides help you find them?”

The answer to that was no, and don't get me started on why that would be the case. I don’t have the space or the inclination to go into all the ramifications of that “no”. Let’s move on.

Suffice to say, after I asked the aides at the house to look for the missing lenses, they promised to check her room thoroughly and call when the lenses were found. There was a limited search area where the lenses could be, and it should have been possible for anyone with good eyesight to find them. Due to the covid restrictions, I was not allowed out of the visiting room to go and look for them myself.

The next morning I got a call from an aide who told me the lenses had been found. I drove out to the house in Potomac where the lenses and the empty frames were waiting for me in a marked envelope.

I supposed I could have taken the broken glasses to any optician in Potomac for repair. That might have been faster and more efficient. But I like Apex, and I’ve bought a number of pairs of glasses there over the years. It made sense to me to call and see if they could do the repair. That way, if it wasn’t something they could do right away, wouldn't be stuck waiting around; I could go home and get some work done.

So I called ahead and described the problem. I did tell them that the job was for my 97-year-old mother in assisted living. They never even asked if she’s bought the glasses from them. They said, "Bring them in whenever you can." I drove straight there from Potomac, dropped off the glasses, and drove a short distance home.

About an hour later, I got a call. The glasses were fixed and ready to be picked up.

I arrived for the pickup and was cheerfully handed a brand new hard-sided glasses case with the glasses inside. I open the case, and there they were, shining like brand new....no, better than they had ever looked brand-new. All clean and polished and tightly put together.

"What's the charge?" I said, happy to pay for the time and care they so obviously put into the job.

"No charge."

I only hope this story serves as payment for the work -- and their kindness -- in restoring the reading ability of a soon-to-be 98-year old, now able to enjoy the Sunday Times!

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Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.  .

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Get Out! And Do All You Can to Help DC Get Fully Vaccinated

 by Peggy Robin

 
This week's "Get Out!" recommendation is not for a festival, a museum, a fun-run, or anything else that will entertain or amuse you....but it's probably one of the best things you can ever do for yourself, your family, your community, your city, and your country: Help people get vaccinated!
 
On Saturday, May 1, 2021, Mayor Bowser is calling for as many volunteers as can be mustered to go door to door throughout the city, seeking out people who are still not vaccinated to help them to sign up, to protect themselves, and at the same time protect all of us from Covid-19.
 
It's not too late to sign up for the DAY OF ACTION! It may be the most important volunteer job you will ever do!
 
There are volunteer opportunities in all eight wards, but with greatest need to be filled in Wards 7 and 8. View all the volunteer sites and other details here: https://servedc.galaxydigital.com/need/index?s=1&need_init_id=4146
 
The DC Covid-19 Community Corp Day of Action flyer is attached.
 
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and community leaders on Saturday, May 1st, from 9 am - 3 pm for a Day of Action in support of helping residents make a plan to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

SIGN UP TODAY!
https://servedc.galaxydigital.com/need/index?s=1&need_init_id=4146     

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021  9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m.| 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Still Life with Robin: And the Winner Is.....Wilson!


Wikimedia (Creative Commons)
by Peggy Robin  


As the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, 4/20/21, we’ve come to the end of the long and convoluted process to replace the name of Woodrow Wilson on Ward 3's only public high school with the name of someone who can be honored without a big asterisk on their legacy -- like this one stuck on President Wilson*: 

*Though he was a great idealist and visionary when it came to international relations and peacemaking, when it comes to the evaluation of his impact on the people of DC, his reputation is forever damaged by his executive order that re-segregated the civil service, cruelly and unjustly depriving thousands of Black government workers of their livelihoods.

So what name was chosen in place of Wilson?

Wilson! That is, August Wilson, the internationally honored playwright: Tony winner, Drama Critics circle winner, National Humanities Honoree, Pulitzer prize winner (twice) ….and a whole lot more.

After having jumped on the bandwagon to rename Woodrow Wilson High School in July 2020 with the longest column I've ever written (5,824 words on the 70+ nominees), I have to say, I am pleased at the outcome. Here are the top five reasons why (in Letterman-style reverse order):

Number 5: It saves money. They can keep half the lettering on the school sign, only having to replace the “Woodrow” with “August.” All the school jerseys, gym shorts, coffee mugs, sweatshirts, pencils, refrigerator magnets, and other merch can stay the same. Is there anything that uses the school’s full name? Stationery? Business cards? Not a problem!

Number 4: It’s good to honor a man of letters, instead of yet another politician. There are oh so many schools named for presidents, generals, political leaders, movers and shakers. We need to do a lot more to elevate the artists of the world: our poets, playwrights, novelists, painters, sculptors, dancers, and musicians! Giving this honor to August Wilson helps to redress the imbalance….at least a little!

Number 3: The name of August Wilson stands head and shoulders above the five other people’s names that made the final cut. I previously discussed all seven finalists (there was also one geographical name, Northwest) in a Still Life with Robin column on November 28, 2020. Let’s review:

1. Marion Barry – very mixed legacy there. Do you really want to name a high school after a politician whose perhaps best remembered quotation is “Bitch set me up”?

2. William Syphax. Wikipedia tells us that Mr. Syphax (1825 – 1891) served as the first President of the Board of Trustees of Colored Schools of Washington and Georgetown, making him an early pioneer in education for Black children in DC. But if you named the school for him, you would need to consider how teens today would riff on his name, either because of “the Syph” of the first syllable (if it’s pronounced with a short “I”), or (if it’s said with a long “I”) its similarity to the word “sci-fi”

3. & 4. Now we come to two more recent DC educators, Vincent Reed (former principal of Wilson before he became Chancellor of the DC public school system) and Edna B. Jackson, the first Black teacher at Wilson. There was a big push to honor both of them at once, by giving the school a double-barreled name, Jackson-Reed High School. Or would it be Reed-Jackson? Either way, it would probably end up being reduced to initials, whether J-R or R-J, to save time. Seems to me that would give short shrift to both of them.

5. Hilda Mason, one of the founders of the DC Statehood Party and the longest serving member (at 22 years) of the DC Council. Together with her husband, Charles Mason, she was instrumental in the creation of UDC Law School. And that is where she is already well-honored, with her name alongside her husband’s on the Charles N. and Hilda H.M. Mason Law Library. She has no particular connection to the high school in Tenleytown. 

Number 2: The people have spoken...and they voted for August Wilson. There was an internet poll and the people were asked to weigh in, and August Wilson handily won the vote. Why solicit the people’s opinion if you don’t follow it?

And now the NUMBER ONE REASON to name the school after August Wilson: MENTAL ENERGY SAVING. You know how hard it is to keep up with changes? If you’re old enough, you remember the time when every CVS store in DC was a People’s Drugstore. Took me years to make the switch. In fact, I still sometimes slip up and say, “Run down to the People's and pick up a [this-or-that]” Though it’s been 75 years since New York City renamed Sixth Avenue “The Avenue of the Americas,” I don’t think I’ve ever heard a real New Yorker call it that; it will always be Sixth Avenue to them. And then there’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. When’s the last time you heard someone say they’re flying out of Reagan? We’re still calling it National. It's just much effort to add the 40th president’s name to the airport. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. While it may not be a big thing to ask people to remember these name changes….still, it’s one more little thing to keep in our over-taxed minds. Let’s save our brainpower for the bigger things. Let’s keep it Wilson….August Wilson, that is! 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Get Out! And See the Big Show in the Night Sky in the Wee Hours of Friday, April 23 (with the Luck of a Clear Sky!)

Lyrid Meteor Shower - Space.com
by Peggy Robin
 
The highlighted event for this week's "Get Out!" column may or may not be viewable, depending on the luck of a clear sky or a cloudy night.
 
If it does happen, it will be a triple delight: You may see the grand display of the Lyrid Meteor Shower - and in the middle of it, the rising rocket of the newly launched SpaceX Crew-2, a Crew Dragon spacecraft transporting four astronauts to the International Space Station. If you're up early enough -- and luck is with you --  you'll catch the International Space Station overhead, as well.

The Capital Weather Gang gives this viewing guidance: 
 
"The International Space Station will also be visible Friday morning, about 40 minutes before the spacecraft launch. It will first appear for many in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic around 5:08 a.m. and should be about as bright as an airplane passing overhead — except it’s cruising through space 254 miles overhead at about 17,000 mph."
 
If you're not up for an early morning wake-up to see the sights, you can read more about the Lyrid Meteor Shower here - plus info about the other big-time annual meteor showers: 
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/2021-lyrid-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-how-to-watch-the-show/  
 
For real time coverage of the launch of the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft, go to:
 
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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Still Life with Robin: How to Avoid Wishcycling

Image from Amazon.com
by Peggy Robin


The Washington Post (print edition) had a useful book review on Tuesday, April 13. The book is called “Can I Recycle This?” It’s a hands-on guide to what you can recycle, what can’t be recycled, and why – and how to avoid single-use plastics so that you don’t need to do so much recycling in the first place. But for me the real takeaway of value from the book review was a new term, a needed addition to our vocabulary of sustainability: WISHCYCLING. That’s what you call it when people dump stuff in their recycling bins that can’t actually be recycled in their cities and towns – they just WISH it could.

People in DC do it all the time. They’re still throwing plastic grocery bags in their recycling, even though DC stopped accepting them back in 2017. (You need to take them back to the grocery store and put them in the plastics recycling bin at the front of the store.)

When it comes to plastic bottles, people are ignoring the requirement that the bottles must be “empty and clean,” dropping half-filled bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and pump soaps into their blue bins, which will contaminate the whole stream.

They’re sending polystyrene food containers, plastic straws, plastic wrap, juice pouches, single-portion sauce cups, and plastic forks, knives, and spoons – all no-no’s according to DC’s Zero Waste web page, “What can I recycle at home?”: https://zerowaste.dc.gov/node/1269551 

Want to find out what’s allowed in the blue bin? It’s easy to find out. Go to Zero Waste DC - https://zerowaste.dc.gov/. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the blank search box topped by this sentence: “Type the name of a waste item and we'll tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.” Start typing the name of the item you want to get rid of. For example, “wrapping paper”. As you start to type it in, you will see the choices pop us: “wrapping paper (foil)” and “wrapping paper (paper only)”. The foil wrapping paper needs to go in the trash. The all-paper type can be recycled with newspapers and office paper. If you should start to type a variation on wrapping paper – like “gift wrap” – you will see gift bags as a choice, and when you click on that, you will learn you can put both plain paper and glossy paper gift bags in the recycling bin. But when you read the expanded entry about gift bags, you will also find the information for disposing of the other gift packaging items, as well: “Glossy and plain gift paper bags can be recycled in your curbside bin. Tissue paper, along with metallic and wax-coated paper are not recyclable and should be reused or thrown away. Remember paperboard and cardboard products are recyclable, including gift boxes and wrapping paper tubes.”

When it comes to food items, the answer – at least for now – is that you should put everything in the trash – unless you are composting it, either by using a composting bin at home, subscribing to a composting pickup service, or delivering your compost to a farmers market that accepts food waste drop-off for composting. Go to https://zerowaste.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff for the updated list.

When will we get curbside compost pickup? That could be the next frontier in the DC recycling game. It could come off the “wishcycling” list and become a reality...that is, if there’s the political and economic will to make it happen!

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Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Get Out! Or Stay In! And Celebrate DC's Emancipation Day Holiday with These Events on April 15 & 16

Mayor Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, from D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy

 
For a first time in history, D.C. statehood bills will likely come up for votes in both houses during the 117th Congress. If past debates about D.C. statehood are any guide, the debates about these bills will be contentious and will focus largely on questions of history. Why should D.C. become a state? Can we admit new states into the Union? Or, is statehood for D.C. even constitutional? 

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Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest DC Presents: Remember the Pearl, Commemorating the Historic Escape for Freedom by Enslaved Persons in 1848 From the Southwest Waterfront with C.R. Gibbs & Dawne Young, Edmonson Descendant
April 15, 2021 – 7:00 PM EST on Zoom
 
One hundred seventy-three years ago to the date, in the twilight of a spring Saturday night, 77 enslaved men, women, and children, quietly left their master’s quarters and stole away to freedom aboard a commercial schooner called the Pearl. It was the largest attempt in the country by enslaved persons to escape their chains of bondage. Their daring deed led to a major riot in the city. All were recaptured and sold off down south. But, their audacity to seek freedom shook the very foundations of the American ideas of liberty, justice, and equality. This program honors their strength, courage, fortitude to risk it all for the chance to be free.
 
From April 16 – 18th, you can visit the memorial site at the SW Duck Pond at 6th & I Streets, SW.   
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: D.C. Emancipation Day Virtual Kickoff Celebration “From Enslavement to Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity"
April 15, 2021 – 6:00 PM EST
 
Leading up to DC Emancipation Day on April 16, 2021, The Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, and the Mayor’s Interfaith Council will host “From Enslavement to DC Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity 51 Faith Leaders for Statehood”.

This panel will explore the path forward in the quest for racial equality, social justice and DC Statehood with the same perseverance and resilience that brought African Americans through centuries of enslavement, Jim Crow laws, and the racial inequalities that continue to this day.

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Emancipation Day Closing Concert
Presented by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, DC Vote, 51 for 51, Indivisible, League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, and the ACLU of DC
April 16, 2021 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Facebook Livestream on Make GoGo Forever DC Vote www.facebook.com/dcvote/ and YouTube Livestream “MakeGoGoforever”.  
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DC Emancipation Day Celebration – Mt. Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park Foundation (Georgetown)
April 16, 2021 – 11:00 AM EST at Mt. Zion Female Union Band Society Cemetery
2501 Mill Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007
 
Join the Mt. Zion-Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park Foundation as they celebrate and learn more about those that were Emancipated on April 16, 1862. We will start with a libation ceremony and a reading of the names. We encourage anyone who would like to share about an ancestor, a song, poem or reading to come ready. 
 
For more information feel free to contact the organizer:  Contact
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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Still Life with Robin: A Useful New Word -- But Not For Long!

Image by Wikimedia - Creative Commons

by Peggy Robin

The good news this week is that covid vaccinations will be available to any DC resident age 16 and up starting this Monday, April 12.

I just learned a new word that may not be very useful for very long. And that’s a good thing, too. The word is impfneid – and it’s the German word for "vaccine envy."

All winter long, people who were not yet eligible to be vaccinated – or WERE eligible but could not manage to snag one of the coveted appointment slots – would learn of their friends who’d already had their shots – or they’d see Facebook photos of people smiling as they held up their CDC vaccination card – and instead of feeling happy for them, they’d feel the sting of jealousy. No wait, it’s more like a jab than a sting. A jab of jealousy for not getting the jab of inoculation.

Trust the Germans to come up with a word that encapsulates a myriad of negative emotions in one consonant-heavy mouthful. It’s like schadenfreude, but in reverse. Instead of feeling happy at someone else’s misfortune, you are unhappy to learn that someone else is protected, and you’re not.

But that’s all about to change, starting Monday, as vaccination opens up to all adults in all states – and non-states like DC.

Of course, it may take a few weeks for all who want the shot to secure appointments, so there may still be some weeks of impfneid ahead of us.

Want to learn more about the origins of this word? I got it from a wonderful podcast about language called “A Way with Words” – and each week the show covers a plethora of odd phrases, idioms, nonce words, and other linguistic oddities and delights.

The impfneid segment is here:
https://www.waywordradio.org/impfneid/   

The full episode is here:
https://www.waywordradio.org/no-cap-no-lie/   

And the website for the series is here:
https://www.waywordradio.org/     

If you end up waiting in a long line to get your shot, I recommend passing the time by listening to some episodes of the show. Here's one that's especially appropriate -- it talks about people who say "waiting in line" versus "waiting on line" -- https://www.waywordradio.org/new-yorkers-stand-on-line/ -- but I do hope your line is not too many episodes long!  

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Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Get Out! And Feed Your Pooch While Helping Other Pups - Saturday, April 10 from 11am-1pm

Human Rescue Alliance 
Comes to Pet Pantry

by Peggy Robin

The highlighted event for this week is happening just up the avenue from Cleveland Park -- at Van Ness -- and it's an event for both two-legged and four-legged friends.

Here's the description from Van Ness Main Street (via Twitter):

 
Van Ness Main Street
@VanNessMainSt
HRA's PET PANTRY COMES TO VAN NESS MAIN STREET this Saturday, April 10th, 11am - 1pm.
The 
@HumaneRescue Alliance's Pet Pantry is giving out free cat & dog food to DC residents who need support in feeding their pets.
Please feel free to share with others
Paw prints
Round pushpin
PET PANTRY FREE DOG & CAT FOOD
for DC residents
available on a monthly basis
POP-UP PET PANTRY
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 from 11 AM - 1 PM
at Van Ness Main Street
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008

Questions? Contact the HOPE Program at 202 735 0334
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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Still Life with Robin: "The Stormys" - Best Storm Photos of 2020

Photo by Forest Wander (Creative Commons)
by Peggy Robin

It’s awards season and while the big thing of the season is universally acknowledged to be the Academy Awards for the best movies of the previous year, I would like to take this opportunity plug one of the lesser-known award shows -- "The Stormys" -- given annually to the best stormchaser/photographer and to the best individual photograph taken of a storm in 2020. One reason why you may not have heard of "The Stormys" is that the March 31, 2021 awards event was the first time "The Stormys" had ever been presented

I have to confess, I did not watch the show live; everything I know about it came from the superb coverage of the event by The Capital Weather Gang on March 31, 2021:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/03/31/top-weather-photos-2020/?fbclid=IwAR20APX1T4numTjetXgiuYA85LC8ZMewU84Y6X-Y7HFYfvEBBedJ1yp5olU 

But there actually is a physical trophy that gets handed to the winners. You can see :The Stormy" in this little video clip:
https://twitter.com/i/status/1375600785346625538   

Now, I won’t call it ugly….but wait, I can’t think of any other word for it, so yes, that thing is ugly.

On the other hand, the photograph taken by the winner of the “Photographer of the Year” award is stunning:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/I7OTNQK7UZGEBKIOEP3JHQ2CVI.jpeg&w=916  

You can view the work of all the nominated photographers here:
https://www.stormphotocontest.com/2020-photographer-of-the-year-finalists/ 

And for the best individual weather photo of the year….the STORMY goes to:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PK3VX6GIXFDJ5OYNWCXQQUZHRA.jpg&w=916 

To see all the finalists and also-rans, scroll down the page at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/03/31/top-weather-photos-2020/?fbclid=IwAR20APX1T4numTjetXgiuYA85LC8ZMewU84Y6X-Y7HFYfvEBBedJ1yp5olU 

Just FYI: the last one, of the small clapboard house alone on a plain in Taiban, NM with bolts of lightning forking behind it, would have won my vote for Best Storm Photo of the Year.

And now, just to prove that Washington,DC can produce its own award-worthy images of stormy weather....here's an undated photo of lighting off in the distance, and cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bb/Cherry-blossom-lightning-washington-monument_-_Virginia_-_ForestWander.jpg 

Looking forward to a balmy springtime!

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Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.