Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was a true renaissance man – a scholar, a scientist in many fields; some not even yet defined and named, an “enthusiast” of the arts, a farmer, an architect, a global leader… the list goes on.  An avid reader (and that’s an understatement; he sold some 6,700 books that essentially created the Library

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Not Best In Show

It is not a beauty contest, although, many of the competitors are quite striking. There are no style points, but the participants are very graceful, in a raw, athletic kind of way. Nicely attired handlers do not position competitors in statuesque poses and then slowly trot them around a ring. There are no “Best Behaved”

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Shenandoah National Park

October 27 – 31 — Just 75 miles west of Washington D.C., in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies Shenandoah National Park.  This park was established in the 1920s and ’30s as a response to the development of large national parks in the West.  With automobiles making getaways from big cities possible (‘within a day’s drive

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