Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Welcome to Write On with Dave Price

Hey there.

I'm Dave Price and I'd like to welcome you to my blog page on which I post about what we do, see, and hear in Washington D.C., which is only 3 Metro stops from our Crystal City apartment complex, as well as some entries about other places we visit in our ongoing retirement from the 9-to-5 working world.

This freelance blog writing project is part of my writing/speaking/tour guiding practice I operate DC, which is actually my 5th career, if you define career by the main way you pay your bills. You can visit my formal writing compendium Wordpress page by clicking here.

At the keyboard ...
In high school and during my years at Villanova University, I made money playing keyboards with a few different bands in the South Jersey shore-Philly-Delaware area.

However, in 1973, when I married the former Judy Lynn Snyder and our only son Michael Keith Price was born, it quickly became apparent that making $50 a night playing in a bar and running up a $25 bar tab at the same time wasn't going to support a family.

Fortunately, I found an $80-a-week job as a reporter on my hometown newspaper.

... in the newsroom ...
After a 10-year career in journalism that I loved, I realized that if I wanted to be home to help my son grow through his teenage years, I would need to switch careers. I had already taught news reporting for 5 years in college, an adjunct position which helped me secure an English teaching job at the high school I had attended.

I taught there for 20 years and completed my New Jersey education career by serving as a language arts coach and program designer for the Talent Development program out of Johns Hopkins University for five years.

In 2011, my wife and I retired and moved to our apartment complex. I didn't plan to work again, but friends convinced me to spend 4 years as a national DC-based educational consultant assisting at-risk students and overworked teachers in troubled urban schools.

After spending 14 months in Atlanta, where our son, Michael, our daughter-in-law Shannon, and our our two grandchildren Audrey and Owen, I decided to end my education career and start a new DC opportunity.

... lecturing and getting
older by the day
Now while some freelancers undertake all kinds of writing (and I would too if the conditions and the cash were right), I decided to focus on 3 subjects I know fairly well:
  • the Baby Boomer generation
  • classic rock and
  • free speech, protest, and other First Amendment issues.
Take your time and look around this page. You'll find out a lot more about who I am, what I'm writing about, how I write, and why I'm writing.

I do have one final request. My wife Judy, who edits all my work, contends that I'm self-centered, insensitive, juvenile, careless, and verbose in both my talking and my writing. If you encounter her, even if you agree, please don't tell her that. She doesn't need any more validation for her views.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Washington Nats Celebrate Improbable World Series Title with Huge Parade

Washington, DC. often hosts huge marches and rallies. But's today's parade was something special - it was 95 years in the making. The extravaganza was in celebration of the Washington Nationals winning the World Series from the Houston Astros 4 games to 3.

The series marked the first time in the history of the 3 major sports -- baseball, basketball, and hockey that offer a best-of-seven tittle series -- where the winning team won 4 away games while losing 3 at home.

The title was the first for the Nationals (who were once the Montreal Expos). And it was the first baseball title parade in the nation's capital since 1924, when the old Washington Senators behind Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson won the series.

As you can see from these pictures, a good time was had by all. And as you can also see, there was a lot of that all there.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Literary and Supposedly Real Ghosts Haunt Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library was a great place for all DC-area ghost hunters and fear fans this haunting season as the institution offered a two-night program detailing claims of seeing spirits in
the facility, as well a creepy tales that were part of the world William Shakespeare created.

Here are some of happenings you would engage in if you had attended the program on Mischief Night or Halloween.

Checking on the collection from the grave?
Supposedly, both founder Henry Folger and his wife, Emily, haunt the library. Emily is especially prominent, having been seen riding the elevators and hanging out in the research stacks.

A long-time security officer tells visitors of his visit by  the spirits of the Folgers.
Shakespeare's Spooky World

The Bard himself. 
Macbeth and the 3 witches (Wyrd Sisters) from the play Macbeth.

Visitors use group reading and entrails to try and entice the Macbeth witches to make an appearance.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Take Me Out to the (World Series) Ballgame

As you imagine, tickets for all 3 of the World Series games here in Washington were sold out. Tickets could be obtained on the resale market from between $1,000 and $50,100. But just because you didn't have a ticket, it didn't mean you couldn't head to the ballpark area to share in the festivities.

On Saturday night, before Game 4, Judy and I did just that. Here is some of what we observed:

Single Baby Sharks and Whole Families of Baby Sharks

Single Buskers & Brass Band Groups of Buskers Providing Music

People Seeking Tickets

Long, long lines outside the Bullpen & any bars/eateries with TVs

Messages both from and to God

Saturday, October 19, 2019

RBG Sets Attendance Record at National Book Festival

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg drew a record-setting crowd of more than 5,000 people on the Main Stage at the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival yesterday. 
Just eight days earlier, the Court had announced that the 86-year-old associate justice had undergone treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas that had been discovered in July. 
Addressing the often raucous crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ginsburg addressed her health and immediate future on the court. “How am I feeling? Well, first, this audience can see that I am alive,” she said to huge cheer, “and I’m on my way to being very well. The term – we have more than a month yet to go. I’ll be prepared when the time comes.”
Ginsberg has become an iconic hero to both women and liberals. In an article appearing in today's Washington Post, reporters Samantha Schmidt and Robert Barnes talked about the impact of the justice's much-welcomed appearance at the festival:
Among the worshipful audience members were about a dozen female students from American and George Washington universities who had camped outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center starting at 3 a.m. to secure their seats when the festival doors opened. They shared granola bars and took turns napping on rolled-up jackets on the ground.
“We are shaking!” said Carly Shaffer, a GWU freshman, wearing a Ginsburg “dissent collar” necklace and weeping after seeing the feminist icon.
Moments before Ginsburg took the stage, the students received a shout-out from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Hayden recalled telling Ginsburg, “You’ve been called recently the ‘BeyoncĂ© of jurisprudence.’ ”
“I said, ‘Could I say that?’ and she said, ‘I’d rather you say the J-Lo,’ ” Hayden said as the crowd erupted with laughter.
While Ginsberg was clearly the highlight of the 12-hour festival, there was much else to see and do there for book lovers of all ages as these pictures show:
Every Picture Tells a Story Don't It ...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Katy Perry, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones Sing to Silence the Violence with Meditation

Super songstress Katy Perry knows something about the value of transcendental meditation. She says she has been practicing TM for more than nine years and "it has changed my life".

"It is one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset," Perry told a sold-out crowd here at the Anthem in Washington D.C last night.

Perry was the show closer in a Silence the Violence benefit concert to raise funds to bring meditation to 10,000 DC young people to reduce the high stress levels created by living in an urban climate often beset with poverty, violence, and fear.

Perry was joined in the show by Norah Jones, Mavis Staples, the Celebration Gospel Choir, and Jeremy Elliot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Columnist George Will Unveils His Thoughts on the Conservative Sensibility

Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist George F. Will talked in detail about his new book, The Conservative Sensibility and many of the ideas he has been promoting as one of the leading and most-revered conservative voices in America for the past 50 years at the Newseum last night.
Will told those of in attendance that the Founding Fathers’ vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity.
Now, Will argues, conservatism is under threat, both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party, and America has become an administrative state with destructive trends overtaking family life and higher education.
You can check out all of Wills remarks by viewing the video above.