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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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    Pat’s Last Book

    by | 21 hours ago
    "Nighthawks by Edward Hopper 1942" by Edward Hopper (at The Art Institute of Chicago). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

    Clearing away the receipts, letters, and documents that cover my desk I came across my own business card with a woman’s name, Pat, and phone number on the back. It brought back a lot of memories. It’s not what you think. It’s a true story that goes back a ways.

    I met Pat seven years ago. With no family in town, Pat, like many others, gathered with others at a neighborhood pub some evenings for conservation, a way to keep loneliness at bay. (For those who work all day only to face an evening alone, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. are the loneliest hours of the day. Meeting others provides a balm.)

    yin v. yang

    Burn Out or Check Out? Let’s Dance

    by | 21 hours ago
    Rights free image from WallpaperCraft.com.

    It’s a dance I know by heart, this shifting and swaying from the outward world of human entanglements to an inner place of calm reflection. I’m not sure I could stop this movement if I tried, caught between voices calling cause to action and others from far hillsides beckoning me to run away — to fly away and be freed.

    All around are people caught in conflict, their caring inching closer daily to anger, with words unheard, meanings misunderstood, and passions unrequited. On issues local, global, and universal, we have shouting like never before.

    reflections of the south

    Photo Journeys

    by | Mar 1, 2015
    Photo Journeys

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    HIGHWAY 501 SC: April. Somewhere near Aynor. Having wrapped up a photo shoot in old Ocean Drive, we drive homeward through wind-driven coastal plain silt. Though dust devils obscure 501, a shimmering red and green mirage breaks through. But it’s no mirage. It’s remembrance. Winds subside, sands drop, and Dean’s Produce emerges next to a cornfield mown to beard-like stubble. Dean’s stand of glinting tin and yellow pine glows with honey, but the incandescent red and green jams gleam like St. Elmo’s fire.

    April 18 - 19, 2015

    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    by | Mar 1, 2015
    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event
    The Southern Appalachian oral art of storytelling has been a feature of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., over the years. This year, storytelling will have an even more significant presence at ... Read on →

    why it matters

    The Mission for March is the Marsh

    by | Feb 25, 2015
    Image: The Willet by Evangelio Gonzalez via flickr and used a Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgonzal111139/5982804651/in/photolist-a7Frok-a7JjUY-am1BqY-3ywU83-dsqcWy-3ysvoT-3ywTSW-dsqb9E-dsqaem-dsfppi-S3qTk-b256Tr-bXB549-auTonb-dDUGWA-4LDLpD-4LDHzX-mGmeX
    Our Georgia Legislature is piddling with a piece of legislation (SB 101) they're promoting as an effort to protect the coastal marshes from pollution and predatory humans. But, what this passel of pee words means to suggest ... Read on →

    georgia hb 17

    Shining a Light on Hidden Predators

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    the Hidden Predator Act
    During the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly, our Georgia elected-officials are expected to vote on HB 17 – “the Hidden Predator Act.” “A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 9 and ... Read on →

    value of liberal arts

    Stay A Little

    by | Feb 19, 2015
    Stay A Little
    Philosophia et septem artes liberales, The seven liberal artsfrom the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg (12th century) When I read Frank Bruni’s column recently in The New York Times about the value of a liberal arts education, ... Read on →

    just keep voting republican

    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk
    We couldn’t put it off any longer. Last night Dede and I told Ruthie we were getting a divorce. Since we’ve enjoyed what can only be termed a highly successful marriage for 37 years, the news was unexpected. “You’re what?” “We’re getting out,” I offered, ... Read on →

    part two

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Georgia State University with Chase Williams, Kevin Espinoza, Eli Epstein, Joshua Carter and Jordan Daley.
    Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state's major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located ... Read on →

    reflections lost

    Who Am I now?

    by | Feb 20, 2015
    Who Am I now?
    This evening I popped out to the corner store for milk. A woman was there with an older man. He was walking up and down the aisles as she trailed behind him – sighing and huffing and saying things like “Dammit, Dad! You ... Read on →

    not scientists

    A Party of Judases

    by | Feb 14, 2015
    The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, Padua, c. 1306
    The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, Padua, c. 1306 "I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists -- that we don't have enough information to act [on climate change]. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But ... Read on →

    part one

    Georgia State University was once a stepchild of University system

    by | Feb 20, 2015
    Georgia State University’s Panther from GSU.edu
    Now that the Board of Regents have decided to merge Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, GSU will soon total more than 50,000 students, and will be the largest unit of the University ... Read on →

    glynn county, ga

    What’s the Matter with BMPs?

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    What's the Matter with BMPs?
    BMPs, short for Best Management Practices, the playbook upon which environmentalists rely to guide developers and other soil disturbers to do the right thing, are failing. The question is why. I don't think the ... Read on →

    in a white racial frame

    American History is not Black History; Black History is not America’s

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    NAACP.org
    As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation as the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths as exemplified by the “Founding Fathers.” There are founding documents as ... Read on →

    georgia

    Attacking school bus drivers may serve as legacy for Nathan Deal

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    Nathan Deal at his 2015 inaugural ceremony - via his Facebook page
    If you were Georgia's governor, what would you want your legacy to be? Most would want a spotless legacy, we would think, with several key points paramount on ways they would have improved the ... Read on →

    in sports metaphor

    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes

    by | Feb 11, 2015
    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes
    Georgia’s transportation game clock was ticking its final minutes when a 2012 “Hail Mary” pass fell with a thud far from the intended receiver. Uncomfortable with the game on the line, leaders in the ... Read on →

    the job market

    It’s OK. The Kids Have Got It

    by | Feb 10, 2015
    So I asked hime what would you say are your weaknesses?
    I’m talking about the ones I know, like daughter Ruth, son-in-law Ben, their circle of friends, and a handful of nieces and nephews, who are all 30 or thereabouts and, I suppose, officially grown-ups, ... Read on →

    great binge watching

    Foyle’s War soon departing; it’s the best television drama on today

    by | Feb 9, 2015
    Foyle's War soon departing; it's the best television drama on today
    Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle It may be the best dramatic show, though low-key and without much explosive special effects, on television. But now we hear its run is ending. We're talking about Foyle's War, the ... Read on →

    the winter metaphor

    So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh

    by | Feb 9, 2015
    So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh
    The words were so haunting that I wanted to read perhaps too much into what was written on the page so many years ago: Will no one tell me what she sings?— Perhaps the ... Read on →

    one upgrade at a time

    Hooked on Apps

    by | Feb 6, 2015
    Hooked on Apps
    Hello, my name is Mike and I stand here today and admit to being an addict. Not sure why this happened. I’ve never had issues like this before. My Life Coach Desmond suggested this ... Read on →

    roadside attaction

    South Of The Border

    by | Feb 5, 2015
    South Of The Border
    The Legendary Tower, Photo by Tom Poland A Tourist Trap Trapped In Time First came the cars. Then the summer vacation stormed America in the late 1940s, becoming an institution that drove more car sales and ... Read on →

    letters

    The Last Pen Pal

    by | Feb 3, 2015
    pen - letter
    Writing letters is almost gone now. It is just so quick and cheap to email or text or just to call as needed. But the cost of all the ease and efficiency of quick ... Read on →

    decatur, ga

    Black History Month in the City of Homes, Schools, and Churches

    by | Feb 2, 2015
    Black History Month in the City of Homes, Schools, and Churches
    The Decatur Focus, Jan.-Feb. 2004. Original posted on the City of Decatur website. Color-blind racism is a tough nut to crack. Americans in recent months have confronted some uneasy truths about how race influences the ... Read on →

    government fail

    Bad Boys… Whatcha Gonna Do?

    by | Feb 1, 2015
    Newton County Courthouse Covington, Ga
    Newton County Courthouse, Covington, Ga A situation vexing Newton County citizens for years erupted on metro Atlanta airwaves this week when television station 11 Alive aired stories of an ongoing investigation into payments made to ... Read on →

    dreams

    Walter Mitty In The Woods

    by | Jan 29, 2015
    Walter Mitty In The Woods
    I read recently that “serendipity” is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering the farmer’s daughter. It would truly be a lucky boy who would find such a treasure in a haystack when ... Read on →

    divest/reinvest

    Global Divestment Comes of Age

    by | Jan 27, 2015
    xford Fossil Free Future demonstration
    "It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future. To serve as custodians of creation is not an empty title; it requires that we act, and with all the urgency this ... Read on →

    15 central park west

    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross

    by | Jan 27, 2015
    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross
    This is a book about the 1%, the billionaires, or some of them, who can pay $50 million for a condo they use a couple weeks a year while otherwise camped in one of ... Read on →
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    • The Supreme Court should uphold current protections against housing discrimination - The Washington Post

      coastalconguero:

      The Washington Post writes in an editorial:

      HOW HARD should it be to fight discriminatory housing practices? A lot harder than it is now, the state of Texas argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Many of the justices didn’t appear to buy it — and they shouldn’t.

      “Housing segregation,” commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote last year, “is the weapon that mortally injures but does not bruise.”

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      nprfreshair:

      New Orleans music didn’t do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done in the ’50s. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest and Motown in Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Rock historian Ed Ward has his story.

      Listen: Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

      Photo: Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio

    • Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

      Defense attorneys for the former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault have placed blame on the elite Southern university, saying their clients’ judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common.

      The graphic evidence and testimony presented in court is all the more shocking because it shows that several others were at least partly aware that an unconscious woman was being taken advantage of or had enough evidence to show that something had happened to her, and did nothing to help her or report it.

    • In Stately Old Charleston, the New Buildings on the Block Are Struggling to Fit In - NYTimes.com

      "[T]hese are days of bum notes and dissonance in historic Charleston, [S.C.] which is enjoying a robust economy and one of the most transformative regional population booms since the Civil War. Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones."

    • Georgia, Back in the Death-Penalty Spotlight - NYTimes.com

      The modern American death penalty is beset with endless complications and contradictions, and over the years no state has embodied the full range of these as consistently as Georgia.

      Death sentences handed down by Georgia provided the basis for both the Supreme Court’s 1972 moratorium on capital punishment and its lifting of that moratorium four years later. In 1987, the court upheld another Georgia death sentence — of a black man convicted of murdering a white police officer — despite statistical evidence showing that the death penalty there was applied far more often when the victim was white rather than black.

      Now Georgia is in the spotlight again, as it prepares to execute Warren Lee Hill Jr.



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    Southern Breast Cancer Survivors Speak:

    by Terri Evans

    Southern Breast Cancer Survivors Speak:

    And say their own truth. These courageous individuals have shared their stories with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. “We have to pay over $2400 per month for private individual health insurance because my husband lost his job and we have some relatively minor, age-related health conditions, in a... Read on →

    When We (You, Me, and Doug Clark) All Get to Heaven

    by Jim Cobb

    When We (You, Me, and Doug Clark) All Get to Heaven

    When a good friend sent me this now semi-viral  photo captioned,  “Miracle in the Alcohol Aisle,” I recalled immediately that Item #1 on my  list of indications that a truly  “New” South  (not to be confused with “The Rapture”) has finally arrived is:  “The Baptists will start to... Read on →

    A sports hero

    by Keith Graham

    Ivano Newbill has been a sports hero — a steady force during his student days at Georgia Tech, a star in Europe and good enough to be a role player in the NBA. Now he's trying to be a hero of a different sort: an advocate for the campaign against world hunger. But in an interview with The At... Read on →

    The Shadow Economy

    by Monica Smith

    The Shadow Economy

    In the last few weeks, the shadow economy has become a hot topic. As recently as two days before tax day it was possible to note that the one authority on the shadow economy (also known as “the underground economy” or “the black market”) in the United States, Edgar Feige had surfaced in the ... Read on →

    Bedbugs – The Pest That Keeps On Living

    by Wanda Argersinger

    Bedbugs – The Pest That Keeps On Living

    What do you do when a formerly “wiped out” pest returns to the scene of the crime many years later? Yeah, I agree. So it’s about time someone addresses this issue of “bedbugs”. These buggers are spreading their infestations faster than new weapons are being developed to combat them. ... Read on →

    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    by Monica Smith

    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    The saga of Don Siegelman, the former popular democratic Governor of Alabama, who was convicted and imprisoned on largely trumped up bribery charges and whose prosecution has been, so far unsuccessfully, appealed continues to befuddle his supporters. That's because, I would argue, Siegelman having s... Read on →

    Cowboy Bob

    by Mark Johnson

    Cowboy Bob

    It didn't seem at all strange to me that there was a cowboy in Terry Robinson's back yard. This particular cowboy was dressed in black, had a cowboy hat, a six-gun and a lariat. He said his name was Cowboy Bob. It was Terry’s ninth birthday, and the invitation had said something about cake, ice... Read on →

    Pepsi showed awfully bad taste in one Super Bowl commercial

    by Elliott Brack

    Pepsi showed awfully bad taste in one Super Bowl commercial

    An optimist isn't supposed to be depressed. But I am nothing but depressed at the way our country is becoming more boorish, often showing bad taste, and if nothing else, violating the civility with its lack of kindness and manners. OK, perhaps I'm too idealistic. Yet some matters bother me. Pe... Read on →

    Road Trip Memories

    by Mike Cox

    Road Trip Memories

    There are few things in modern life as simple and thrilling as a two seat sports car on a winding faded highway. Guys of all ages love this stuff. Women think it is a sign of a mid-life crisis. I remember such a trip that also involved some youthful stupidity. The car was an MGA, worn out even in... Read on →

    Springsteen, God and Guns

    by Jeff Cochran

    Springsteen, God and Guns

    Author's Note: Upon Bruce Springsteen's endorsement of President Obama for a second term in office, one gave thought to summer '84 when Bruce Springsteen's popularity reached a new peak. That same summer, Ronald Reagan was on his way to a second term as President. It was a time of celebration for t... Read on →

    A reunion

    by Mark Dohle

    A reunion

    In late October, about the 23rd, I got a call from Agnes’s lawyer letting me know that she was very confused and that perhaps it was time to have her moved to hospice. He is her financial power of attorney and I am the medical. I was glad to hear from him and after I talked for a few minutes, I wa... Read on →

    Modern Money

    by Monica Smith

    Modern Money

    John Kenneth Galbraith, American economist, famously said that "the best money is worthless." His son, James Kenneth Galbraith, now teaches at the University of Texas in the LBJ School of Public Policy, whence he continues to agitate for a more realistic science of economics. James has a number of ... Read on →

    Dear Justplainwill: Boards, Bombs and N-words

    by Just Plain Will

    Dear Justplainwill: Boards, Bombs and N-words

    Got questions about life… love… happiness.. homework … or even "just who the hell does Nancy Grace really think she is!?" Write Justplainwill. [caption id="attachment_17126" align="alignright" width="300" caption="What'd you say about my Mama?"][/caption] Dear JustPlainWill: I a... Read on →

    Seeking to find ways to get better candidates elected to offices

    by Elliott Brack

    Seeking to find ways to get better candidates elected to offices

    There's a simple reason why small turnouts at elections bother me. Simply put: Low turnouts run the risk of having a small pinch of the electorate choosing our public officials. With a small number of people voting, splinter and fringe groups can dominate the election. This can produce electe... Read on →

    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    by Tom Ferguson

    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    The General Assembly passed out their draft of demands and read their preamble: We hold this truth to be self-evident that the 99% deserve equal rights, equal protections, equal access and equal opportunity as the 1% who benefit disproportionately from the current system.  We therefore freely assem... Read on →

    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity

    by Andy Schmookler

    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity

    Summary: From the perspective of the evolution of life, it can be seen how value is an emergent -- but none the less real -- dimension of the reality of creatures like us humans. Evolution operates on the principle that life is better than death. Operating on that basis, evolution brings into exis... Read on →

    Carrying on the Southern literary tradition

    by Alex Kearns

    Carrying on the Southern literary tradition

    Southern literature: the very term defies restrictive definitions and yet it is a compelling and legendary presence on the world's literary stage. Is it the collected works of authors born and raised in the Deep South -- or is it sensibility, topic, pattern of speech and presentation? Mark Twain,... Read on →

    Tipping Point: The People's Climate March

    by Dave Pruett

    Tipping Point: The People's Climate March

    "If the planet dies, all causes are lost causes." -- Anonymous Humanity's fate hangs on a tight race between two tipping points: a scientific one and a cognitive one. Scientists use the term "tipping point" to refer to a runaway feedback loop that, when triggered, abruptly and irreversibly cha... Read on →

    Who we are: Welcome to Georgia

    by Don O'Briant

    Who we are: Welcome to Georgia

    Welcome to Georgia. If you are thinking of moving here or have already relocated, you can take comfort in knowing you are not alone. An estimated 30 percent of  the state’s 9,544,750 population were born elsewhere. Georgia is the fastest growing state in the South, according to the latest Cens... Read on →

    An Economic Guantánamo

    by Mike Copeland

    An Economic Guantánamo

    When the history of the 2008 election is written by someone with whom I agree, I predict it will become commonly accepted that, had John McCain picked Mitt Romney instead of former Governor Sarah Palin, McCain would have won. I am not writing this because I know it will aggravate both the left and t... Read on →



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