Date archive for August, 2012
By David Gaines On Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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Najwa In Her Rock Star Shades by Dora the Explorer

Najwa loves wearing sunglasses, shades and anything that makes the world turn different colors. Here she is with her rosy-colored glasses made by Dora the Explorer. @import url("http://davidgaines.com/wp-content/plugins/flash-album-gallery/admin/css/flagallery_nocrawler.css");@import More...

Federal Trade Commission - Photo by David Gaines
By David Gaines On Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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“Man Controlling Horse” At Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission on Pennsylvania Ave. Built in 1938 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Building is an architectural masterpiece just blocks from the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Ave. Two sculptures More...

By David Gaines On Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Najwa’s Future Profession: Artist (or Vandalist)

It’s natural to want your child to be artistic. Musician would be nice especially if it helps with listening skills. But someone who prefers creating images instead of tunes is also nice. Najwa waited until More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, August 26th, 2012
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“Confessions of a Mullah Warrior” Makes You Reconsider Everything You Thought About Afghanistan

How many books are there about Afghanistan, its wars, its depressing history, its being betrayed by the entire world? And how many of those books are told from the perspective of someone who was born and raised More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Peace and Quiet at Home With Najwa Usually Means Somethings Wrong

Usually after an extremely long day at work, you long for a quiet moment at home. Your sanctuary. Your moment of peace. Your domain where you are the shot-caller. Only when you have a sub-2-year-old, quiet means More...

By David Gaines On Friday, August 24th, 2012
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Friendly (And Urgent) Reminder If You Haven’t Signed The Petition Yet

Apparently not all of my people have signed the petition. If you disagree — so be it. This is America. But after reading Lundy Khoy’s story and realizing how ridiculous it is to deport someone who has lived More...

Najwa Gaines holding an umbrella
By David Gaines On Friday, August 24th, 2012
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The Day A Stranger Shared Her Umbrella

When I lived in Atlanta, we were technically experiencing a drought. It would rain every now and again, but the periods between rainfall and the amount of water needed for a population so large led to rules and More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
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Newseum Welcomes RGIII With “Light Up DC” Light Show on 1st Amendment Wall

Just when I was getting settled in for the night, I read that a 74-foot RGIII will be projected on the First Amendment Wall of the Newseum. The animated light show featuring a moving illustration of Griffin More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Ever Dream About Smoking a Cigar — In The Literal Sense?

Have you ever had a dream so weird, so intense, so confusing, so abstract, so something that when you woke up, you knew you’d never forget what you just dreamed? And then you forgot? I had one of More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, August 19th, 2012
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Celebrating DJ’s 5th Birthday [1:46]

Just when Najwa was entering the world, Nduku and I were wondering what we were going to do about babysitting when her maternity leave was over. We called several day cares — unaware of how much they More...

Gabriel Sanchez
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 18th, 2012
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R.I.P. Fellow OAHS Blackhawk Gabriel Sanchez

When we both lived in Bremerhaven, Germany, I can’t say that Gabriel Sanchez and I were the best of friends. Probably the opposite. But we were kids, we were [at least I was] influenced by peer pressure and More...

Harira
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 18th, 2012
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Until We Make It To Morocco, We’re Having Harira

One of these days we’re going to follow in the footsteps of my brother and his family and visit Morocco. Until then, though, we’ll just make believe and eat this Moroccan dish called harira. Harira is More...

Stuffed Peppers
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 12th, 2012
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Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

I never heard of this recipe until my former co-worker, Candice, was raving about the stuffed bell peppers she had for lunch one day. I was thinking she had stuffed anything else with bell peppers diced up and stuffed More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, August 11th, 2012
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Najwa Mimics Mommy With Mommy’s Shoes [1:27]

You really have to be careful of what you do when you have a child. They mimic everything. And I mean everything. At one point we couldn’t get Najwa to stop saying “sh!t” every time she dropped More...

Mural at 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 11th, 2012
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Murals on Display at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Murals on display at the last month’s 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  More...