Latest from John Kelly

An old ice house in Old Town Alexandria gets a sweet new life

What once stored blocks of ice will soon be dispensing Goodies frozen custard.
  • May 10, 2021

Watch your language: Further forays into the world of American words

Red up and then wash down that hot’cha with some water from the bubbler.
  • May 9, 2021

Norway’s crown princess fled the Nazis with her children and lived in Maryland

They lived at Pooks Hill in Bethesda, which didn’t look like the one in “Atlantic Crossing.”
  • May 8, 2021

There’s a word for that. It may just not be the word you learned growing up.

Is it a “drop cord” or an “extension cord,” a “gumband” or a “rubber band”?
  • May 5, 2021

A pandemic project: Fixing up bicycles and giving them away free

“I just wanted to be some dude in the street with a sign,” says Manuel Vera.
  • May 4, 2021

Cleansing the soul and restoring the spirit with a spot of forest bathing

We gathered in a hidden corner of Ward 8 to listen to the trees.
  • May 3, 2021

What do doggies dream of doing? I think I know what mine craves.

Here’s the elevator pitch: Imagine “The Purge,” but for dogs.
  • May 2, 2021

For more than 50 years, working women could stay at the Evangeline

The Salvation Army ran the downtown D.C. residence from 1921 to 1977.
  • May 1, 2021

Rubber sole: More adventures in what most people call ‘flip-flops’

Thongs, zories, go-aheads and click-clacks are just a few of the synonyms.
  • Apr 28, 2021

‘Zoom’ your partner! Fans of contra and square dancing have moved online.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek has been replaced by dancing screen-to-screen.
  • Apr 27, 2021