The theme of this blog is Top Secret Washington because of all the special things I get to do behind the scenes in D.C., but it’s also called this because of my spy series. I love empowered women who can take care of themselves — something I’ve always […]
I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel Spy in the Mirror and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, Spy in the Harem. I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense Finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: DianaBelchase.com, or friend/follow me on facebook and twitter. I blog on KissandThrill.com.
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This woman is so lifelike, so realistic, it can be debated whether this is art or a mannequin display like you’d see in a shop window. I personally think the work of Duane Hanson (1925-1996) are character studies that could drive a novel. This again is the type […]
Okay, time for a bit of fun. Can you identify where these photos were taken? I’ll give you a hint, we’re near George Mason University in Virginia. I’m not looking for a town — Can you tell me what restaurant I’m at? First clue — this architecturally interesting […]
Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most amazing museums in the world. Even better, most of them are free. This is my first feature on specific works of art that I find interesting and want to share. I love art of all kinds, and if this […]
Cecily Nabors reports on the wildlife in a suburb of D.C. A professional nature writer, Cecily’s work can be seen in Audubon Naturalist News, Bird Watching Magazine, and Bird Watcher’s Digest.
I’m extremely pleased to share Sarah Andre’s interview of me regarding my nomination for the Golden Heart for my spy thriller, Escape from the Harem. Thank you Sarah! and thank you all for your support. XO Originally posted on KissAndThrill.com by Sarah Andre: Hi, Sarah Andre here! For […]
Watching Nancy Reagan’s funeral today was the ultimate D.C. event — even though it was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. D.C. insiders turned out in droves. Patti Reagan gave a heartfelt speech her mother would have been proud of. Ron Reagan was less eloquent. But […]
I came across this list of Presidential net worths on Wikipedia and thought many of you might be interested. The table below has adjusted the amount of money for inflation and reports the number in 2010 dollars. While the information is listed for the highest value during that particular President’s […]
Right now we’re so caught up with the platforms of the candidates, I wonder how many people have realized how ground-breaking this election will be? No matter who wins, we will set a new record in the White House.
Most people don’t know that Julia Child’s kitchen was painstakingly deconstructed and rebuilt within the sacred halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Most people also don’t know that Julia worked for the OSS, the precursor of our present day CIA. Julia is a role model for […]
There is something about an old barn. Weathered and worn, sagging beam, missing board, each defect adding to its charm. Gorgeous in its decrepitude. Why don’t we see people this way? The area around Washington, D.C. is filled with many picturesque scenes — Civil War structures one step from falling down, […]
A terrific look at desk safety and health from the Washington Post and author SA Taylor. Great tips here for all of us.
Several of my fellow authors and I got together to share what we’re grateful for. I can think of no better way to start the new year. I’m especially grateful they count me as one of their number and call me friend. Tell me, what are you grateful […]
“Isn’t it terrific?” I gushed at intermission during a performance of Daddy Long Legs at Manhattan’s Davenport Theatre. “No less than a creative masterpiece”
NB: This begins a series of theater reviews — some a day trip from D.C. in New York and others as far as Chicago. There is so much to see and do — I hope my readers get out there and enjoy! Broadway’s Music Box Theater is a […]
Words can’t say enough, but I hope these photos open people’s hearts to the enormity of your sacrifice on all our parts. Thank you, always.
Washington D.C. never seems to sleep. It’s overrun by tourists, politicians, and diplomats from around the world. While it has a very public side, I’ve been privileged to be invited into places the average person never gets to see. So whether it’s a private play at the Italian Embassy, dinner […]
Possibly one of the most frequent questions I get as an author is: Where does your inspiration come from? The answer: From everything, and everybody, everywhere. An example of this is from a recent trip to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fantastic exhibit, China Through the Looking Glass, had all […]