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Photos: The National Arboretum and Bonsai Museum
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Photos: The National Arboretum and Bonsai Museum

Being in Washington, DC, I live so close to national museums for everything. Lately, I have been trying to make an effort to visit more of these museums, which is why I found myself at the U.S. National Arboretum on a warm afternoon last week. I was particularly interested in checking out the National Bonsai…

The National Spelling Bee and the Evolution of Everyday Conversation
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The National Spelling Bee and the Evolution of Everyday Conversation

Hi. My name is Melanie and I am laodicean – pococurante, even – when it comes to being cymotrichous. That. Sounded. Weird. But one day it may not. I just used two winning words from previous National Spelling Bees, the 2012 edition is currently taking place in Washington, DC, and on your ESPN screens. Laodicean,…