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We believe that helping people find the home of their dreams is the most important thing we can do. A home should be a refuge, and the home buying and home selling process should reflect this focus in service to the client. Having seen Northern Virginia from the perspectives of both natives and transplants, the agents of PMG have the personal and professional experience to fully understand the complexities of the home buying process. At PMG, people are our priority and we endeavor to add value in all of our communications and services. For Sellers, we will market your property using a wide array of platforms and media to get you the widest coverage and the best sale price. For Buyers, we will really listen and show you the homes that fit your lifestyle as well as your budget. At PMG, our business is making you feel right at home.

10/17/2017
Skunk Bear

Skunk Bear

Fill your gourd with the fascinating science and history of the mighty pumpkin.

10/15/2017
George Takei

George Takei

A hair-raising experience, indeed.

via Seeker

The Progressive Parent
09/25/2017
The Progressive Parent

The Progressive Parent

"To start things off, Millennials admittedly hold a grudge against some of these businesses. Let’s be honest: big banks screwed us with student loans, cereal made us fat, and napkins are just less absorbent paper towels. Why on Earth would a generation increasingly tormented by these now-failing industries feel the desire to support them in any way, shape, or form?

This decidedly reasonable grudge could easily explain our bloodthirsty ways when it comes to business. However, we’re not just being blamed for the death of industries that profited off of our desire for education, our sweet teeth, and our necessity for clean hands. Millennials are also being blamed for the death of frivolous, idiotic, and downright offensive industries like “Breastaurants,” the most popular of which is Hooters.

Really, Baby Boomers? Is this the hill you want to die on; the hill that adamantly and sincerely defends a restaurant named after the most objectified part of a woman’s body? Are you seriously going to bat for a “breastaurant” that was built on scantily clad waitresses, mediocre wings, and beer that tastes like it was squeezed out of a six-month-old sponge?

We aren’t malicious. We aren’t unpatriotic. We aren’t even that broke. What we are is smart enough to know the difference between a good business and a bad one. Chain restaurants like Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Hooters, for example, are not “American institutions that need saving.” They are painfully outdated monuments to what this country used to be: cheesy, corny, and kind of offensive."

via Vellum and Vinyl

Southern Living
09/10/2017
Southern Living

Southern Living

We're dreaming falling leaves, cool breezes, and hot apple cider. 😍

09/09/2017
Suze Orman

Suze Orman

Is there a formula to figure out how much of a house you can afford?

09/09/2017
Mental Floss

Mental Floss

This project will change the way you see city streets.

Find prints from your favorite city: raubdruckerin

Contemplative Monk
09/06/2017

Contemplative Monk

Great piece and nice permission for stressed out parents!
08/10/2017
Washington Post

Great piece and nice permission for stressed out parents!

"We’ve tried talking to her about this and taking her volunteering to show her that not everyone has life so easy, but it’s not making a difference."

Fast Company
08/04/2017
Fast Company

Fast Company

The Rural Studio's 20K House is so cheap and has such innovative design that it's changing the entire housing system—from mortgages to zoning laws.

07/07/2017
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Happy Birthday to #FridaKahlo, iconic artist and Smart Girl who changed the world by being herself. ❤️

Check out our latest on Buzzfeed. And if you know someone who needs a rental in the DC area, let's get in touch!
07/06/2017
Top 6 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent For Your Rental Search

Check out our latest on Buzzfeed. And if you know someone who needs a rental in the DC area, let's get in touch!

Whether you’re moving to a new area, looking for logistical help, or overwhelmed by the number of options out there, working with an agent can help you drill down to the specifics of what you’re looki

Check out our latest and, if you're looking for a rental in Northern Virginia, let us help!
07/06/2017
Top 6 Reasons to Use a REALTOR for your Rental Search | Pierce Murdock Group Real Estate

Check out our latest and, if you're looking for a rental in Northern Virginia, let us help!

Whether you’re moving to a new area, looking for logistical help, or overwhelmed by the number of options out there, working with an agent can help you drill down to the specifics of what you're looking for and help you through every step of the rental process.

Expand your definition!
06/29/2017

Expand your definition!

#tipoftheday to prep your house for the market: Cohesion is important! Especially in small spaces, it's inexpensive and ...
06/20/2017

#tipoftheday to prep your house for the market: Cohesion is important! Especially in small spaces, it's inexpensive and easy to make sure your hardware matches.
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The Minimalists
06/20/2017
The Minimalists

The Minimalists

"When I was pregnant with my first child, I had big ideas. I wanted to give my children the world. Like most new parents, I had the best of intentions.

Every generation wants to give their children more than they had themselves. My intention was no different—I wanted to give my children more. More love. More protection. More opportunities. More toys.

More, more, more.

This desire for ‘more’ was rooted in love."

via Motherly

06/08/2017
The Other 98%

The Other 98%

How about some good news for a change?

05/14/2017
Goalcast

Goalcast

"If you listen to people, you won't live."

- Taraji P. Henson

Black Narrows Brewing
05/10/2017

Black Narrows Brewing

We just love this guy. A chef turned brewer and entrepreneur, Josh has a unique perspective on beer and creates recipes with the mind of a chef, sourcing the best local ingredients he can find. He'll be talking on the panel with other Virginia craft beer gurus at the screening of "Craft" next Tuesday evening at Smokehouse Live in Leesburg, VA. It'll be a fun, free event celebrating craft beer in Virginia. And who doesn't love watching movies with beer and barbecue in hand?! We'll see you there, 6-9:30pm.
http://www.loudounsmallbiz.org/calendar/small-business-week/craft

Happy for our clients! Congratulations!
05/10/2017

Happy for our clients! Congratulations!

Pruitt Title
05/09/2017
Pruitt Title

Pruitt Title

Best Mother's Day Brunch Spots in #Alexandria!

A Mighty Girl
05/07/2017

A Mighty Girl

A math professor is working to challenge political dysfunction in America -- with geometry! Dr. Moon Duchin of Tufts University aims to use mathematics to tackle the growing crisis of extreme gerrymandering that is disenfranchising voters across the United States. Partisan-motivated gerrymandering, when elected officials create absurdly-shaped districts to ensure that they will never face a competitive race, is increasingly seen as one of the greatest threats to the health of American democracy. This trend could be easily seen during the 2016 election when only 8 out of 435 incumbents in the House of Representatives lost their seats despite the fact that many were deeply unpopular with voters. With the increase in court challenges to these unrepresentative districts in recent years, Duchin has spearheaded the creation of a new group to contribute to this fight -- by training mathematicians to be expert witnesses when gerrymandering is challenged in court!

Gerrymandering has a deserved reputation for allowing political parties to manipulate election results: by changing a district’s borders, it’s possible to skew the number of voters who are registered for a particular party. In 2012, for example, while Democratic candidates won 51% of the popular vote in Pennsylvania, they only won 28% of Congressional seats; similarly, in Ohio, Democrats won 48% of the popular vote but only 25% of the seats due to extreme gerrymandering. The end result of such gerrymandering is that more extremist candidates are elected and elections become essentially non-competitive as seen in the 2016 election where the average electoral margin of victory in House races was over 37%. Political scientists have also found that incumbents are so secure in their seats that they have little incentive to ever collaborate or compromise to advance legislation since the only election that matters in most districts is the primary, where partisan extremists often fare the best. Moreover, such gerrymandering contributes to a drop in voter turnout as more voters recognize that their voices have effectively been silenced and stop participating.

In short, many advocates assert that gerrymandering is wrong because voters should choose their elected officials; elected officials should not choose their voters. This insidious practice is increasingly being challenged in the courts, including in an important case challenging partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin which is heading to the Supreme Court this year. It's in these types of cases where Duchin and her growing team of mathematicians aim to make an impact. “In redistricting, one of the principles that’s taken seriously by courts is that districts should be compact,” says Duchin. “It’s taken as a kind of general principle of how districts ought to look. But nobody knows exactly what compactness means... What courts have been looking for is one definition of compactness that they can understand, that we can compute, and that they can use as a kind of go-to standard.” By applying geometric principles to the legal conversation, Duchin believes that mathematicians can help courts come up with a fair and accurate standard.

As part of her group’s work, Duchin has created a five-day summer course in Boston that will train mathematicians to serve as expert witnesses in gerrymandering cases and explore redistricting from mathematical, legal, civil rights, and historical perspectives (much of the program will also be available online after the August workshop). Since announcing the workshop, she's been amazed by the level of interest -- Duchin expected a few dozen people would sign up for the mailing list and, so far, over 1,100 have done so. "You wouldn’t believe the incredible, incredible response we’ve gotten, including from leaders in all the various fields that touch on this problem,” she says. Due to the overwhelming interest, Dunchin and her Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group are already planning additional training sessions in California, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin later this year. “The point of the [program] isn’t just to bring people together so we can convince them of our ideas. We also want to pool ideas and see, putting all those brilliant people in one place, can we make some progress on what’s been a pretty intractable problem?” she says. “It’s clear that this is the right moment to do this kind of work. We want to harness all that energy.”

To check out Dr. Duchin's new Geometry of Redistricting Workshop, visit https://sites.tufts.edu/gerrymandr/ -- or check out a recent interview with her in The Chronicle of Higher Education at http://bit.ly/2kQST04

To inspire kids of all ages with books starring girls who love math and science, check out our blog post, "Ignite Her Curiosity: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls," at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13914

For several fun girl-empowering picture books with a math theme, check out “Zero” for ages 3 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/zero), "One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale" for ages 4 to 9 (http://www.amightygirl.com/one-grain-of-rice), "The Math Curse" for ages 6 to 10 (http://www.amightygirl.com/the-math-curse), and "Infinity and Me" for ages 5 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/infinity-and-me)

For toys and games to encourage your children's love of math at every age, check out our blog post, “Add It Up! Top 30 Math Toys for Mighty Girls,” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=12180

And, to inspire kids in your life with more true stories of pioneering girls and women from around the world, visit our "Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

Joe Scarborough
05/07/2017
Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough

Retweeted The New York Times (@nytimes):

"PBS NewsHour" ratings are on the rise in the Trump era. Judy Woodruff has a few guesses why.

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
05/05/2017
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

"I got a lot of negativity, and people saying I couldn’t do it. But that’s just what pushed me to do what I’m doing." 🏈❤️

Upworthy
05/04/2017
Upworthy

Upworthy

These are the most stunning photos of our world today.

05/03/2017
Fatherly

Fatherly

This will change the way you watch sports forever.

05/02/2017
Nifty Outdoors

Want some outdoor reno but it's not in your budget? Check out this great one-day DIY. 🔥

Budget-Friendly Fire Pit 🔥

04/24/2017
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The star of the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes on workplace inequality with an exclusive, original performance of "Ladyboss." ✊🏼

04/23/2017
Nifty Pets

Nifty Pets

4 Healthy Dog Treat Alternatives 🐶🌿

04/21/2017
David Wolfe

David Wolfe

50 Years After Making History, The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon Joined The Race Again

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
04/20/2017

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Haaaaank! We love Hank. He just looks so worried all the time! At 115 pounds, he is a big baby who just wants someone to love him and tell him it's all ok, and let him on the couch to snuggle under a blanket during the scary parts of movies, and someone who will pet his furrowed brow and then give him a kiss. We know your forever family is out there, Hank! They just haven't met you yet, but they're coming soon!

04/18/2017
Upworthy

Upworthy

A relaxing bath is always good for mental health, but this one doesn't require a tub or water. (via World Economic Forum)

A Mighty Girl
04/16/2017

A Mighty Girl

After the famed singer Marian Anderson was barred from performing at Washington's Constitution Hall due to her skin color in 1939, then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt organized a now historic Easter Sunday concert during which Anderson sang before 75,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial. When she later reflected on singing before the vast integrated crowd -- in a performance which reached millions more via radio -- Anderson stated: “All I knew then was the overwhelming impact of that vast multitude... I had a feeling that a great wave of good will poured out from these people.”

One of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, Anderson was already famous throughout the US and Europe at the time of this historic concert. She had performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1928 and spent much of the 1930s touring through Europe. When Anderson was invited to sing in the capital by Howard University, the organizers sought to have her perform at Constitution Hall as it was one of the few venues that could accommodate the crowd the Anderson was anticipated to draw.

According to Anderson biographer Allan Keiler, the venue's owner, the Daughters of the American Revolution, "refused to allow her use of the hall because she was black and because there was a white-artist-only clause printed in every contract issued by the DAR." In response to this affront, then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt not only resigned her membership from the DAR, but together with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Walter White, the executive secretary of the NAACP, organized what would become her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial.

A major figure in helping African American artists gain increased acceptance and overcome racial barriers in mid-twentieth century America, Anderson continued to perform in many venues over the next several decades. Only four years after denying her the opportunity, the DAR invited her to sing at Constitution Hall in 1943. In 1955, she became the first African American to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She also sang at the inaugurations of both Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 and John F. Kennedy in 1961.

She was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and sang at the 1963 March on Washington. Anderson received many accolades during her lifetime including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, the George Peabody Medal, the National Medal of Arts, the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She died at the age of 96 in 1993.

A portion of this famous performance is available to watch in an archival newsreel on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1hFX4Rt

To learn more about Marian Anderson's remarkable story, we highly recommend the exceptional book "The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America" at http://amzn.to/1oNRZPO

Two excellent children’s books are also available: the Newbery Honor book “The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights” for ages 9 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/the-voice-that-challenged-a-nation) and “When Marian Sang” for ages 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/when-marian-sang).

For more books about courageous girls and women of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, check out our post on "40 Inspiring Books on Girls & Women of the Civil Rights Movement" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11177

And, for more stories of female singers, artists, and other creative spirits, visit our "Creative Arts" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/general-interest/creative-arts

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