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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Veteran's Day in D.C.

My list of 365 things to do in D.C. is filling out nicely, and at last count, I had done approximately 48% of the items listed. One new item that I will add to the list is a visit to the American Red Cross Headquarters near the White House. The building, a National Historic Landmark, reportedly has one of the largest set of Tiffany windows still in their original state. These windows demonstrate the organization's values: hope, faith, charity and love. The building also houses art and artifacts collected by the Red Cross since its inception in 1881.

If you, unlike me, have off today for Veteran's Day, today is a good day to visit (at least the outside, the inside needs advance scheduling) because they are hosting a card signing event for the men and women serving in the military. Their goal is to collect one million cards by December 10. So make sure to stop by, and while you are it, stay for the Amy Grant concert at 2:30. The event will be held at the ARC Headquarters at 430 17th Street. It is a good way to honor Veteran's Day and learn more about this great organization.

Some other Veteran's Day events in D.C.