This just in: Sparky’s Volksmarch medal collection from Germany and U.S....

Mar 12, 2015

Dr. John “Sparky” Breeskin, make that Lieutenant Colonel Breeskin, was a U.S. Air Force psychologist stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany in the mid-1970s when he was introduced to the German hiking tradition of the Volksmarch — “the people’s walk.” The idea, he learned, was to join folks from small villages and go for organized, non-competitive walks that included food and friendship. Many walks also commemorated important people and events in local, national or even global history. “I joined a walk that weekend and I never looked back,” says Breeskin, a Takoma Park, Maryland, resident whose sentences flow as gently and lyrically as his long white beard. He bears an uncanny resemblance to poet Walt Whitman, a portrait of whom hangs in his dining room. “I started going every weekend. Volksmarching took me all over Germany.”...

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This Just In: Rainbow of carnival glass shines on our eBay store

Mar 6, 2015

We jumped at the chance to purchase this collection of vintage carnival glass from a client in Alexandria, Virginia, who won’t have space to display it in his new home. We picked up more than 40 pieces in all and began placing them for sale in our OrionsAttic eBay store on March 6, 2015. See the Decorative Glass section to soak it all in. We hope to have the whole collection up within a few more days, including some Depression glass that came with it. My personal favorite so far is the L.E. Smith teal green carnival glass bowl. I’m not quite sure why that one grabs me. Maybe the color reminds me of the day I spent in Florida with my sister Heather, when I confronted my life-long fear of water by attaching...

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A Wider Circle eradicates poverty one home at a time

Mar 4, 2015

It happens to Orion’s Attic all the time: We’re nearly done with a long day of picking up antique and modern furniture, driving it often long distances to retail stores and setting it up for display there. Won-ok and I are wiped out. The teenagers who work for us are wiped out. We then all get a second wind when we think about the one additional stop we’re making that day – heading to A Wider Circle with furniture for families in need. We’re often more excited by the true value of what we’re donating than by the profits we expect to make on the day. We love to see the excitement on the faces of the hard-working volunteers who help us unload our truck. We love hearing them point to a nice bed,...

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Pyramid Atlantic Art Center incubates great art

Mar 4, 2015

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about the work of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. If you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist interested in an array of fields, it is the perfect place to pursue printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts. It’s also a destination point for art aficionados who love viewing, buying and supporting the arts. “We believe that prints, handmade paper, and artist books are a source of inspiration,” executive director Jose Dominguez says, “that experimentation leads to discovery; that collaboration leads to accessibility; that creativity is the cornerstone of the learning process.” Pyramid Atlantic carries out its mission through our three core programs areas: artist development, arts education, and community engagement. These programs connect community to the arts via activities designed to spark a dialogue between...

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