HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Remembering a Shining Light

Posted August 13, 2009 at 9:31am

No doubt in the coming days there will be plenty of high-profile tributes to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics. [IMGCAP(1)]But the folks at the First Church of Seventh-day Adventist soup kitchen at 810 Shepherd St. NW marked the passing of the famous humanitarian in their own way this morning. Rocky Twyman, a local musician who organized and performed at the event, said that when volunteers at the soup kitchen heard about Shriver’s death earlier this week, they decided to have “a little something-something in her honor.— “She was a champion of the downtrodden,— Twyman said. He met Shriver in 2002, when she was making stops at local churches with her son, Mark Shriver, during his Maryland House campaign. The mother and son stopped into a Seventh-day Adventist church in Gaithersburg, Md., Twyman recalled, and stayed to say hello to the congregation and take in a few hymns. “It was just such an honor to shake her hand. She just is a shining light,— Twyman said. “She was just lovely. She just clapped and sang the gospel songs.— According to Twyman, volunteers from the soup kitchen will perform and patrons can sign a book of condolences, which will be sent to the family. He also said the group would be invited to sing the hymn “We Shall Overcome.—Twyman had lots of love for the rest of the Kennedy clan, as well. He said the soup kitchen patrons haven’t forgotten about the last surviving Kennedy brother, the “lion of the Senate,— Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is battling brain cancer. “We’ve talked about doing a card-signing for Teddy,— Twyman said. “He’s the only one left.— Moon Over the Capitol. Congress might be out of session for the month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t strange things happening on the Capitol grounds. Capitol Police reports from the past week chronicle several suspicious incidents, including an altercation in which a woman was hit in the face with a backpack, as well as a marijuana-related arrest. Perhaps the strangest, however, involved a woman who was found exposing herself in a Senate park area. According to a report, an officer observed her “with her pants down around her ankles and rear end fully exposed urinating in public.— The officer also noted that she was in plain view of passersby, including tourists with children. The suspect was arrested for urinating in public and indecent exposure.Talk about transparent government.Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton are hiking the Appalachian Trail this week. They will return Monday.Can’t get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOH’s One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here — because everyone deserves more recess.