“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future*. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” (probably misattributed to Lao Tzu, I got it from Tim Ferriss)
Washington, DC, USA has a natural release valve for the times when people need to be in the present – you don’t have to walk very far to spend time with the spirits and the ancestors.
And then, reliably, you can walk back toward the city to see the future being born. Pretty much every day 🙂 .
*Regarding the quote above. Anxiety is not always a bad thing; it’s related to its cousin eagerness, driven by the embrace of curiosity. Glass 3/4 full always.
As the most prominent African-American in the field (of blood storage and transfusion), Drew protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood, as it lacked scientific foundation, and resigned his position with American Red Cross, which maintained the policy until 1950.
Brookland is an amazing journey through American History and the people who saved thousands of lives through medical science, helped create a Jewish State (Israel), changed entertainment, prevented Washington, DC from being turned into a 12-lane freeway, including most of present day Shaw, U Street, and Dupont Circle. They happened to be African American.
Murals like this one, from the Logan Circle/Shaw neighborhood can be seen popping up all over Washington, DC while walking, and they’re beautiful (as is everything in our most gorgeous capital city).
I’m learning how to use software to create the image that I see with my eye rather than the one captured by the camera. Here’s the original:
Just down the street is another beautiful and meaningful mural, celebrating the work of Washington, DC photographer Addison Scurlock:
Scurlock’s studio was just a few blocks from where I live, and from it he captured some of the most haunting images of Washington, DC as it was destroyed following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In its present incarnation, the building that housed his studio is now at the center of the modern day LGBTQ community in Washington, DC, fitting because these are the spaces where the future is born.
Here’s a composite of the two eras (1968-2014) that I produced previously (excuse the poor perspective – I’m always learning :))
As the title of the post says, this neighborhood and the ones surrounding it were deemed “obsolete” by the then The National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1950, with the recommendation that they be completely be re-faced. (Was your neighborhood “obsolete” in 1950? – Greater Greater Washington). These neighborhoods were supposed to be destroyed by a grand highway (they weren’t). They were supposed to be skipped over for Metro access (they weren’t due to community activism). They were supposed to be neglected by city administrators who lived in places very far away, with different ideas about diversity and inclusion (they were). Other parts of the city were not spared and were decimated in the name of modern, car-centric planning, and continue to deal with that legacy.