Author Archive for Roberta Bernstein

“It’s Hard to Stand There When It’s 110 Degrees and You’re in Your Full Blues”

History lesson: The Marine Barracks, founded in 1801—and situated in Capitol Hill's burgeoning Barracks Row nightlife district—is the oldest active post in the Corps. Sgt. Katie Maynard, the Marine Barracks Washington liaison to the Military District of Washington, coordinates MBW events (color guards, funerals, joint ceremonial functions and state funerals), and is a ceremonial drill [...]

“When Newtown Happened, It Was The Tipping Point for Many of Us”

The Washington National Cathedral is about much more than pomp, circumstance, and gargoyles. The iconic, neo-Gothic colossus also plays a formidable role in community outreach and social justice causes. Leading this work since 2007 is Canon Missioner Patty Johnson, who oversees 14 ministries from homelessness to literacy to prison work. She’s also the point person [...]

Q-and-A with a DC Rollergirl

Last Saturday was the home season opener for the DC Rollergirls, the eight-year-old flat-track derby league that plays to the happy, dulcet shouts of “Don’t be a douche” and “Suck on it, sister.” The event was kicked off by Mayor Vince Gray, who primed the crowd by declaring that “the D.C. government is not shutting [...]