Monday, July 27, 2015

WaPo: "First, his father slipped beneath the Chesapeake Bay’s waters. Then his uncle disappeared, too."

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article.

The water off Cove Point felt calm at first.
Jason Brown’s father, Daniel Brown, and uncle, Doug Brown, hadn’t hesitated to strip off their shirts and leap into the chilly Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland on Friday evening, the 17-year-old would say later. Jason eventually waded in, splashing and joking as the trio had so many times before. They chucked seashells at each other and peered at a cruise ship passing Lusby.
Then the waves picked up, and the current strengthened. Suddenly, their toes lost touch with the sand.
“Let’s get back,” Doug said, his tone serious. The 39-year-old tried to paddle toward shore, but he made little progress. He began to drift away. Jason turned back to Daniel.
“Dad, are you okay?”
 “No,” he replied.

This Week at Samsara House 2023 - July 27, 2015 : Prosperity This Week and The Feel Good All Week Challenge

From: Cullen Kowalski
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:10:13 -0400
Subject: This Week at Samsara House 2023 - July 27, 2015 : Prosperity This Week and The Feel Good All Week Challenge
Now on the East Coast, only 2.5 hours drive from D.C.

(click image to view schedule)

What’s the best way to describe the overall essence of Sat Nam Fest?

In a word, uplifting.  Sat Nam Fest was born out of the inspired dream to want to bring people together in happy, healthy, holy harmony…with the intent to dive deep, expand, explore, elevate and celebrate through sacred mantra music, kundalini yoga, meditation, sadhana, soul inspiring workshops, community meal time and more.  Many have said this festival is life changing, transformative and profoundly purposeful.  Others have said their hearts have never been opened so wide.  We’ll let you decide.  Come join us to experience for yourself this bountiful, blissful, beautiful experience we call Sat Nam Fest.  It’s like a soul family reunion!  Come home to your heart!

What Will You Experience?
Each and every day filled to the brim with incredibly inspired sacred mantra music from some of the most heart aligned artists on the planet, world class yoga sessions led by brilliant and masterful kundalini yogis, deep soul uplifting sadhana and meditation, transformative healing workshops that invite expansion and elevation, consciously prepared vibrant meals, all in the company of like-hearted soul family!  How does it get better than this?   Well, for one, Snatam Kaur will be there.. but many others too!
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This Week at Samsara House 2023
July 27, 2015 -
(distributed every Monday around lunch time)

"Prosperity This Week" and "The Feel Good All Week Challenge" Make it to this meditation practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning for two weeks (6 classes) and get your sixth class free!

This week focuses on kriyas or combinations of movements, body alignments and breathing methods which bring prosperity into your life.  Come check it out and share stories of how prosperity entered your life this week as a result of practicing the amazing technology of Kundalini Yoga.


6AM Morning Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Bloomingdale with Haridev Kaur!
  • Want to begin each day on a high note, to set the tone for the rest of your day?
  • Interested in learning how to meditate or more profound ways to meditate which deliver immediate results?
  • Already practicing yoga and wondering how this could complement your existing Vinyasa Flow (Hatha) yoga practice?
  • Wanting to become excellent in everything you do?

    Requested Donation : $10

TONIGHT - JULY 27 ! - Don't miss this event!
Live, Love and Long to Belong with Krishna Kaur
LOVE: BECAUSE THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE. An attitude of love is the way to see the Divine in everything and in everyone. LIVE: Live fully, without hesitation, with a bold expression of who you are that sheds light on the special uniqueness you bring to the Earth.  LONG TO BELONG: Because to do so creates a straight path to the fulfillment of your sublime destiny. Its’ about waking up and allowing yourself to be your-SELF. Don’t miss this energizing, uplifting, heart-opening Kundalini yoga class! Please bring a yoga mat, blanket or sheepskin to sit on.
7:00PM - 8:30 AM @ The Dance Loft on 14
Reserve space:

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Sunrise Kundalini with Jiwan Shakti Kaur
6:30AM - 7:30 AM @ Lighthouse Yoga, Petworth, D.C.
Reserve space:

Kundalini Yoga, Gong and Meditation with Ramjot Kaur and friends
8:15AM - 10:00AM @ Yoga House, Dupont Circle, D.C.
No need to register:
e-mail: Ramjot Kaur for questions:

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Awareness Cubed Series, From A-Z


"You and I are as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is with the ocean." ~ Alan Watts

"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is." ~ Albert Camus

"The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule."
~ Albert Einstein

About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)
"Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared event space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to expand each other's world view and experience and cross-pollinate that which is emerging in the world.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to template upon and ignite a planetary revolution in consciousness within ten years.

Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller 

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
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Join the Samsara House 2023 event mailing list:
Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

WBJ: "Partner in Bloomingdale restaurant presumed drowned"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article:

Partner in Bloomingdale restaurant presumed drowned

Jul 27, 2015, 2:27pm EDT UPDATED: Jul 27, 2015, 3:01pm EDT

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal

Doug Brown, a partner in Bloomingdale tapas restaurant and bar Costa Brava, is presumed dead after he disappeared while swimming in the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend.
Brown, 39, had been swimming with his brother, 37-year-oldDaniel Brown, in Lusby, Maryland, on Friday when the two disappeared, according to The Washington Post. A search turned up the body of Daniel Brown Saturday, though Doug Brown is still missing.
The two men were swimming with another person, a juvenile who has not been identified. That person made it back to shore and alerted authorities, the Post reported.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

the sad passing of Costa Brava's Doug Brown

First, see this message from Bloomingdale Civic Association President and ANC 5E 06 Commissioner Teri Janine Quinn:

From: Teri Janine Quinn
Subject: Doug Brown
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:25:28 -0400

If you've spent any time in Costa Brava you've likely had the pleasure of meeting our neighbor, Doug Brown. This afternoon I was saddened to learn of his tragic passing. Doug was full of life and almost always moving at 100 miles an hour. I'll remember his high energy, warm spirit and his love for his family. I can hardly recall a conversation with him when he didn't talk about his family. It was clear that they were the joy of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn the loss of Doug and his brother, Daniel. 

Bloomingdale has lost a good neighbor and friend, Costa Brava has lost its most enthusiastic advocate and the Brown family has lost a most loving son, brother, father and uncle. Doug will be missed dearly. 

Rest well, my friend. 


Teri Janine Quinn

Click on the links to see the entire WTOP and Washington Post articles: :

By The Associated Press
July 25, 2015 3:40 pm
LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Two swimmers who went missing off of Cove Point beach in the Chesapeake Bay are believed to have drowned.

Calvert County sheriff’s officials say the two men apparently entered deep water and became tired of swimming against the tide. The two brothers were swimming with a juvenile who was able to make it to shore safely.

Witnesses told police the two men disappeared beneath the water’s surface. Police identified the men as 37-year-old Daniel Brown of Lusby and 39-year-old Douglas Brown of Mechanicsville.

This story has been corrected to show the 39-year-old man’s first name is Douglas Brown, not Daniel Brown.

2) Washington Post


Two brothers who disappeared while swimming off the Southern Maryland shore were presumed drowned, authorities said. The body of one was recovered Saturday evening, the Calvert County sheriff’s office said.
The two went under while swimming off Cove Point beach on the Chesapeake Bay in the Lusby area Friday night, the sheriff’s office said.
They were identified as Daniel J. Brown, 37, of Lusby and his brother Douglas H. Brown, 39, of Mechanicsville, Md. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the body found was that of Daniel Brown.
Here are related tweets:

the planter for Costa Brava that Doug Jr. and I made is finally in place
Thoughts with family and friends of RIP : we are closed tonight ...death in the Costa family : (
So sorry to hear about the loss of Doug Brown from . He was a great person and we were proud to know him.
: Very sad learn of the passing of ’s and his brother. Rest well, my friend.

next Bloomingdale House Tour meeting -- Thursday, 07-26-2015

See this message from Bertha Holliday, Chair of the Bloomingdale Civic Association House Tour Committee.  
Note that this post does not include the referenced attachments.  

From: Bertha Holliday
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:04:51 -0400
7 P.M.
at a private residence
           (Please Email me for the street address)

​I have attached minutes of our last meeting, and an updated timeline of our tasks.  PLEASE READ THESE PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE 7/30/2015 MEETING so you will be fully prepared.  I will send an agenda for our upcoming meeting early next week.

​Here is a working link for the 2013 House Tour promotional video (and 2013 House Tour website):    (scroll down to see video)

​Here is a link to a listing of Bloomingdale businesses & churches:

You will also find attached
  •  copy of Tony Teat's contract  with his deadlines
  • copy of potential houses for recruitment -- i.e. list I developed of major homes purchased in Bloomingdale in 2014 (for possible use by House Solicitation Committee)

​My best wishes --


Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Impleentation & Evaluation)
Washington, DC 20001
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

this afternoon: Bloomingdale Village Center meeting

From:  Bertha Holliday
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:33:00 -0400
Thanks to all who have volunteered to help us develop plans for the Bloomingdale Village Center!  We will hold our initial meeting:

1 P.M. - 3 P.M.
49 T ST., NW (Bertha Holliday's home)
The Village Center will be located at the intersection of 1st St., Rhode Island and T St., NW and extend south on 1st St. to Seaton Pl.  The Center will serve to promote our comunity and its businesses; provide inclusive social spaces in a garden setting; and promote a sense of 'place' through construction of a landmark clock/statute, an electronic community bulletin which will include up-to-date listings of community opportunities and events, a digital 'living' history of Bloomingdale, videotapped oral history interviews; and a listing of Bloomingdale businesses.  We have received a $2500 grant from the Humanities Council of DC to develop plans and designs for the Village Center ,to develop a history of Bloomingdale,  and to conduct oral history interviews.
Sunday's meeting will involve all persons who have volunteered.
  • Welcome, project overview, Q &A (Bertha, Paul & Zach -- 30 minutes)
  • 3 Break-out Groups (Landscape/streetsscape/design;  Bloomingdale history; oral history interviews).  Groups will discuss objectives (to be completed by 10/1/1s)5), procedures  and logistics, timelines, and assignment of responsibilities; also develop roster of group members to be emailed to all to enhance communication -- 75 minutes.
  • Report-back of breakout groups; next steps; Q & A (15 minutes).
  • Adjournment
Look forward to seeing you all!  RSVPs are appreciated.
Bertha Holliday

Friday, July 24, 2015

BloomingNights TONIGHT!!!! CADC Movie Night Series -- Motorcycle Diaries

See this 07-24-2015 message from Tynesia Hand-Smith:

Bloomingdale Farmers Market this Sunday: The creamiest Mozz, tomatoes

From: "Markets & More" <>
Date: July 24, 2015 at 6:26:46 PM GMT+2
Subject: The creamiest Mozz, tomatoes at BFM

Sundays 9-1 • 100 Block of R NW
Hi BFM fans,
Well, it is tomato season at all our vegetable stands and there are dozens of different varieties of heirlooms to choose from. I envy you the choice because I have just arrived in Provence where the tomatoes are mostly not as good as our producers tomatoes from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

May I suggest you slice some tomatoes and plate them with Keswick's Carporella which is their astonishingly good mozzarella.  It is a very creamy mixed milk mozzarella that reminds me of the real Italian buffalo mozz.  Salt, pepper, some chives, shredded basil and a good drizzle of olive oil. If they are out of Caporella, try some feta and go Greek with cucumbers and olives instead. Sop up the tomato-oil juices with a baguette when you are done.  (I often feel that is the best part).

mrswheelbarrow 3
Win this book. Back in the day, I ran the cookbook division of Time Life books so it is not surprising that I love cookbooks. This one is one of the best and most beautiful I have seen in decades. No wonder it won an IACP award this year. I have given it to many friends.  We are raffling it off Sunday as part of Cathy Barrow's cooking demo.  If you are curious about creating  (or using other's people's) of jams, jellies, preserves, cured meats, cheeses, this book is for you.  Or if you just want to dream about the gorgeous photos...

COOKING DEMO: Master (or is it Mistress) of Preservation,  Cathy Barrow brings her award winning recipes to BFM Sunday for a demo on really good blackberry preserves.  She knows everything about jams, jellies, cheese, cured meats, preserves -- and what delicious things you can make, once you have them.
BIKE HOUSE 11-1 Bring back those bikes.

New this Week
  • Fresh garlic
  • Every kind of tomato at Garner and Truck Patch and Mt View
  • Gluten Free Fusili Pasta at Dairy free Crema of Carrot at Cucina al Vol
  • Zestar Summer Apples --
  • Ginger Galangal beets and Ginger Giardinera at Number 1 Sons
  • Blackberry Nectarine Pie at Whisked
  • Blackberries at Reid and Garner
At the Stands
At the Stands
CUCINA AL VOLO PASTAS, SAUCES AND SOUP: Matteo has been working on a gluten free pasta for weeks and he is really happy with the results.  This week it is fusili.  He also created a Carrot Crema that he was not able to cook last week-- a cream of carrot soup without any cream or butter.  He makes the burrata himself before he stuffs it in the ravioli he also made himself.  Burrata ravioli, Rainbow Swiss Chard ravioli, red beet and goat cheese ravioli, Beef brisket ravioli. Spinach Fusili.  Beets rigatoni. Eggplant Norma Sauces, Nonna's Bolognese,

The ravioli are like mini sliders-- they are very satisfying mains.

The pastas are very light and cook up in 3-4  minutes in simmering (not boiling), salted water.

REID ORCHARDS: White and yellow peaches.  The berries: blackberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, sour cherries, apricots, plums. Summer apples: Zestar, Pristine, Earligold, Lodi.

MOUNTAIN VIEW ORGANICS: Fresh garlic, Padron and Shishito peppers. Shiny, thin, long Japanese eggplants. New potatoes in various colors, baby leeks. Carrots with greens, Hakurei salad turnips and greens, baby beets, Swiss Chard, baby boy choy, summer squash. Pale green Hungarian and Italian frying tomatoes. Purple onions with their tops. Cherry  and heirloom omatoes.

TRUCK PATCH:  Bryan is really proud of his heirloom tomatoes and he has been specializing in them for years. Watermelons and Cantaloupes! Armenian serpentine cucumbers. Baby Onions. Swiss chard, kale, summer squash, squash flowers, beets, basil, arugula, spinach, mesclun. Pastured Pork, chicken, sausages and their famous bacon.

NUMBER 1 Sons:  Golden Galangal Beets -- yellow beets pickled in a vinegar brine with yellow curry + kaffir lime leaves. Ginger Giardinera -- a medley of vegetables including cauliflower fermented in our barrels with ginger + other spices!  Come early for Super Sours because most of them are still brining.  Kimchi. Rosetido spicy slaw, salsa verde, krauts. New York style Pickles.

KESWICK:  Their Jersey cow/goat milk Mozz is modestly standing there under the Caporella sign. Sample it.  It is so creamy.  Cathy Barrow's marvelous blackberry preserve will be served over a Quark-schmeared baguette.  The Dragons Breath has been nice and hot.  Try their mixed milk chevre sibling.  My friends in Provence eat cheese at every meal -- and you should too! There are at least 20 different cheeses every week plus the superb yogurt.                                                                                                                                   
WHISKED: Summer pies abound: blueberry, blackberry nectarine, peach raspberry, peach pie, salted caramel, sea salt chocolate chess. Quiches: ratatouille and tomato, roasted garlic, goat cheese.

PANORAMA: Baguettes and croissants, breakfast pastries and lots of breads. Breton specialties like Kouign Amann and the new Crois-Nut.French breakfast pastries like palmiers, almond croissants plus the plain and chocolate crosisants, baguettes, the olive oil buns that grace the 25 dollar hamburgers at Central and the Rustiques they serve you at Citronelle. Sandwich breads, too. If they are out of a bread you crave, ask them to save one for you for next week. Late risers: they have lots of whole wheat, multigrain and sourdough boules and loaves that sell out early.

GARNER:  Watermelon wonderland: red and yellow, seeded and seedless.  I prefer seeded myself. Fascination green fleshed melon, cantaloupe. Vision Sweet Corn, Heirloom tomatoes, Early Girl tomatoes, squash blossoms, green beans, yellow beans, Romano beans, Eggplants, Japanese, Italian, Ghostbusters, Sicilian. Orange, red and Green bell and hot Jalapeno, Anaheim and Poblanos.. Candy onions, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes. Carrots, peas, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, kales, savoy cabbage, black eye pes. Swiss chard. Cut herbs.

Please spread the word about the Produce Plus at market. Just show a Medicaid, Wic, SNAP/EBT card, Senior Check, CSFP Card and a DC government ID and we give you $10 in checks for fruits and vegetables at the market PLUS $5 in bonus dollars to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. That's $15 a week. Go to 14&U on Saturday as well and you have $30 a week!

Robin from afar, Teds and Stephanie
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

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Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduld for 07/26/2015

23 S St NW listed for $949,000. is open from 1-4pm on Sunday
The featured property is located at 23 S St NW and is open Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.  The listing is represented by Sheryl Blank-Barnes with TTR Sotheby's International Realty.  You can find more information in the link below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  The same info can be seen in a map format here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.