By CNN's Ellen Van de Mark Follow @EllenVdM
My grandfather’s pocketwatch is one of my favorite possessions. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century. My dad kept it in an old cigar box for many years. A forgotten artifact of another time. It no longer winds and the initials that were engraved once have been rubbed down from use. But I love it. It has a history and story that is intertwined with my own.
A few years ago I started on a journey back through time and the origins of my family. It was prompted in large part due to my father's waning health and a fear that his story might be lost if I didn't start recording it. I had no idea where that journey would lead and how grateful I would be to have started the trek.
By CNN's Jamie Gray Follow @jgraycnn
I am the State of the Union team's resident Brit, raised in southwest London. You'll often find me regaling my colleagues with tall tales of life in a faraway land whose residents drink tea, eat crumpets and enjoy oddities like socialized medicine and a functioning government.
I also like to spend my time watching, reading about or talking about the greatest sport on earth and one of Britain's many gifts to the world; football. I’m speaking here about Association football, which involves players using their feet to kick a ball, rather than the inferior American game, which I prefer to call "handegg."
By CNN's Jen Buesinger Follow @jenbuesinger
We’re a small staff here at State of the Union and Reliable Sources. Our team of 15 includes people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill sets. Here are 10 things you need to know about us.
1. We come from all parts of the United States: Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. One staffer is from the UK.
By Jen Buesinger, CNN Follow @jenbuesinger
It's a macabre fascination, I know, but I have a secret to share… I love cemeteries. People are mostly horrified when they hear this. “Creepy” and “Weird” are two common words. I prefer “fascinating”.
It’s a walk through history where I can daydream about the historical events that coincided with average people’s lives. I imagine someone seeing electricity for the first time, or indoor plumbing, or cars. If they served in war, what must that have been like? What sort of horrors did these people witnesses that have been lost to time? FULL POST
By Elizabeth Cherneff
It’s August, which means many Washingtonians are venturing outside the beltway for that last summer vacation- including the Obamas.
Next Saturday, the first family heads to Martha’s Vineyard, one of several islands off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This will be the Obama family’s fourth summer on the Vineyard, having visited the island previously in August of 2009, 2010 & 2011. The Vineyard’s low-key, easygoing vibe makes it a popular vacation choice for celebrities and politicians – but it’s also a place where plenty of regular New Englanders go to unwind & relax. The author of this blog post falls under the latter category, and as she packs her bags for a 23rd summer on the island, she’s compiled an informal list of tips based on past Presidential trips to make the most of your Vineyard vacation:
Before National Ice Cream Month melts away into August – a look at the iconic American frozen custard stand. While a few classic shops remain, many have been lost to time and the wrecking ball – or modernized as part of national chains. But across the country, cool neon and bright lights still welcome.Follow @MikeRoselli1
By Jamie Gray
If the wall-to-wall media coverage of the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge proves anything, it is the American people’s unending fascination with royalty. On this side of the pond, no family has come closer to attaining regal status in the eyes of the public than the Kennedys.
For those interested in an afternoon of immersion in the Kennedy mystique, Washington’s Newseum has put together an exhibit that captures the highs and lows of John F Kennedy’s public and private life, his presidency and his untimely death in Dallas.
How “SOTU” is beating this week’s hot and sticky summer weather…
1. We’re wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing on the off-chance we’re desperate enough to grab lunch outside the office. However, when we’re inside the office, we’re wearing a sweater, fleece or blanket because it’s a chilly 60 degrees. ***Please note: no one is complaining about the office temperature. FULL POST
As our staff huddled around the conference table in our weekly meeting to discuss our upcoming show, one topic stood out among the others. The Royal Baby is due. As a first time new mom, I wanted to share and tiny bit of advice for the expecting couple—royal or not—this stuff is universal.
1. Take a shower. Of course you want to, but finding time will be harder than you think.
The colors red, white and blue have always captured the American spirit. After September 11, 2001, flag sales increased dramatically. Now more than a decade later, the Stars and Stripes are still proudly displayed.