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Our year in photos – 2018

Family along Monterey Coast

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I continue my tradition of posting family photographs from the past year on More to Come…. We have much for which to be thankful in 2018.

This was yet another year unlike any other in the recent history of our country. The level of vitriol coming from some of our so-called leaders has put many on edge and has driven others to do unspeakable horror.

In spite of the turmoil in the world and some significant changes in our lives, we were blessed again this year with good health and good friends. Each of us is doing well.

Shortly after Thanksgiving last year, Candice and David traveled to Providence to hear Andrew solo with the Brown University Chorus in Messiah.  While there, we took advantage of the trip to visit some of our favorite haunts in this food-friendly gem of a city.

CCB at Ellies
Candice at our favorite Providence bakery and cafe: Ellie’s

Of course, each December brings a special celebration of Andrew and Claire.  The twins’ birthday is always a major highlight, but given that they reached the 25-year-old milestone in 2017, it was a special event for all of us.  We also celebrated the holidays together in Washington, seeing good friends and visiting special places like the evocative Museum of African American Culture and History on the National Mall.

25th birthday celebration
Celebrating 25 years of Claire and Andrew – one of the great achievements of 2017!

We all have our passions.  David has his sports and writing; Candice her cooking and friends; Claire the outdoors and children; and Andrew his music and travel.

Nats Jacket
Sporting a New Jacket and High Hopes for the Nats
Claire at Lake Tahoe
Claire with her roommates at Lake Tahoe
A typical pose for Andrew
A typical pose for Andrew
Caps Win the Cup!
Caps Win the Cup!

Summer brings baseball (and more baseball) along with the Bach Soloists Festival in San Francisco.

2018 All Star Game with Andrew
2018 All Star Game with Andrew
Cathedral Tour
Andrew, on his stained glass window tour of the National Cathedral
Claire at A's game
Claire joins her roommates at an A’s game this summer – rooting for a team that actually MADE the playoffs!
Bach Festival
Andrew and fellow musicians at the San Francisco Bach Festival

We loved our vacation time together as a family at Pacific Grove, California.  It was a respite from the hustle of the year.

Lone Cypress
Candice and DJB at the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach
Yoga with Andrew and Claire
Yoga with Andrew and Claire at Pacific Grove
Claire and Blair at the Bixby Bridge
Claire and Blair at the Bixby Creek Bridge along California’s Highway 1
Claire Whale Watching
Claire Whale Watching

Fall brought transitions in life for everyone.  We gathered with long-time friends, saw Andrew off to graduate school in London, and said good-bye to David’s boss of the past 8 years.

DJB Fly Fishing and casting
A fly fishing beginner learns to cast in the Yellowstone River
Andrew tattoo composite
Andrew with his tattoo, along with the inspiration
McCain's Funeral
Andrew singing at Senator John McCain’s state funeral
Whirlwind weekend
A whirlwind weekend: the McCain Funeral, a special evensong, and then off to London
Staunton Friends
Staunton Friends – Bizzy, Mary, Margaret and Candice – at the National Gallery of Art
David and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks at the 2018 PastForward conference in San Francisco (credit: David Keith)
Candice and Tom
Candice and our friend Tom Mayes at the PastForward 2018 Conference in San Francisco
DJB at PF Final Luncheon
David speaks at the Final Luncheon of PastForward 2018 in San Francisco (credit: David Keith)
At Filoli
David, Candice, and Claire enjoying the Holiday decorations at Filoli in Woodside, CA
At the Museum of African American History and Culture in December 2017

Our family continues to be blessed, and for that we are incredibly thankful.  We remain grateful for each of you and the friendships we share.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

More to come…



I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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