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August 29, 2018

These are the dog days of summer, but all I can think about is a brightly-colored parrot that used to fly the halls of Montpelier. Her name was Polly (I know, the Madisons could have tried a tad harder on the creative naming process). 

According to the Madisons’ friend...

June 28, 2018

In Greek, the prefix “amphi” means “both” or “double”. When combined with “bios,” you have the word amphibian. Amphibians, creatures that have both lives, starting life in the water but able to live away from water as they evolve and mature. A most miraculous metamorph...

May 20, 2018

As we celebrate the 250th birthday of Dolley Madison, let’s take a moment to reflecton the woman who had a real and lasting effecton on our nation’s history.

As our nation’s first First Lady, Dolley was known for her grace and hospitality. A hospitality that was more of...

April 17, 2018

While the Constitution seems to have become the realm of Ivy-League lawyers and a handful of elite judges, it hasn’t always been that way. At one time, there was widespread interest in ensuring the general public had a firm understanding of America’s founding document....

March 27, 2018

While it’s traditional for dogs to “belong” to their human owners, I’ve always felt like I actually belonged to our four-legged family members. I used to belong to a dog that had an unerring knack for finding box turtles. That seemed to be particularly true in the spri...

February 15, 2018

There is a three-day weekend on the horizon, and some of us even know that Monday, February 19th is President’s Day.

I vaguely remember that back in the days of yore when I was a wee child President's Day was really a Washington's Birthday celebration. And then somehow...

January 5, 2018

I love words; this apparently makes me a “logophile.” And there are some words just describe a moment, event, or feeling in exactly the right way, like a puzzle piece clicking into place. There are words like tintinnabulation, its onomatopoeic structure evoking the rin...

December 5, 2017

As we frolic from Thanksgiving towards Christmas, I am struck by how the celebration of Christmas Day has changed over time. Since I am embedded at James Madison's Montpelier, living literally in the shadow of Madison and the interpretation of his life, it has made me...

November 21, 2017

One of the best things about being the CEO of a place like Montpelier is living and walking on the same ground that James Madison enjoyed. It forces you to picture the Founders as human beings. Madison, for instance, riding his horse, Tamerlane, along the edge of the w...

November 10, 2017

In my last post about preparing for TEDxCharlottesville, I said, “if you are going to stand up in front of a lot of people, you better mean what you say and say what has meaning to you.”

Well, I had the idea that I somehow wanted to blend the work we are doing at Montpe...

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