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    Delighting In The Culture Of The Earth

    by | Jul 23, 2014
    Panoramic Pool view from main entrance of Carter Presidential Center by Robert Neff

    I recently had the pleasure of roaming about the grounds of the Carter Center in Atlanta. It was an early Sunday morning before any of the buildings were open and I had the place pretty much to myself except for one lady who volunteers there and was fidgeting around in one of the small side gardens. I didn’t tromp over the entire thirty-five acres, but I covered enough to be impressed with the design and the number of large Oaks that provided much needed shade from the bright sunshine and heat.

    touched by the better angels

    Sweetness and Steel: Lincoln, Obama and Angelou

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Image: Composite image created for LikeTheDew.com - background from The Comparison by Bryan Eaton from WallpapersInHq.com (free download) and the photo of Maya Angelou by Dwight Carter (dwightcarter.com).

    There were superficial reasons—when he thundered on the political scene at the Democratic Convention in 2004 and then rode on the wave of that thunder to his election in 2008—to compare Barack Obama with Abraham Lincoln. There was the Illinois connection, for instance, and the gifted orator connection, and the “new birth of freedom” connection. Add to these the evident high esteem, even reverence, held by Obama…

    and politically correct bullies didn’t rule

    When Hot Cars Were Cool

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    When Hot Cars Were Cool

    My high school years unfolded in a time when hanging out at drive-ins and burger joints was all we had. We played 45 RPMs by the Beach Boys and William Jan Berry and Dean Ormsby Torrence. You know them as Jan and Dean of “Dead Man’s Curve” and “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” fame.

    words of love

    Words To Woo Her By

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Words To Woo Her By
    This past weekend, my wife Jody and I attended a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac performed at the Blackfriar’s Theater in Staunton, Va. Just to hear the language was well worth the one-hundred forty mile ... Read on →

    sweet dreams

    Chicken Licken Learns to Ski

    by | Jul 19, 2014
    Chicken Licken Learns to Ski
    One night about three years ago when Jake was five, I was settling him to sleep with a book about Chicken Licken. I hadn’t met her before but Jake knew her well. When we got ... Read on →

    out of ego

    Impressionist, Expressionist and Conceptual Art

    by | Jul 17, 2014
    Impressionist, Expressionist and Conceptual Art
    The French Impressionists attempted a rendering of what they saw, an "impression" yes, but the interesting aspect is best illustrated by Seurat's Pointillism. Interesting because in the late 1800s there was a shift in emphasis ... Read on →

    a childhood tradition

    Picking Blackberries

    by | Jul 13, 2014
    Picking Blackberries
    Last month I was on assignment in a remote place, the kind of place where you see trucks and tractors but few cars. Farm territory. I parked along a weedy, poorly maintained road and as ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 4

    Is Nothing Sacred?

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Is Nothing Sacred?
    Every human culture, it seems, has had some notion of the sacred, and has placed that notion at the center of its worldview. From this, we can conclude several things: 1) that a sense of ... Read on →

    chance meetings

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    by | Jul 16, 2014
    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
    I knew I liked him early on by the way he told a joke. He had timing and delivery and the punch line was not telegraphed. Whenever I get off my mountain, I’m alert ... Read on →

    all in this together

    The Politics of Hostility

    by | Jul 16, 2014
    The Politics of Hostility
    How did it come to this? How did our political life in America get to be so drenched in hostility? While reading an article about how “anti-environmentalists” are spending thousands of dollars to alter their ... Read on →

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    ‘America’ Briefly Explained to ‘Soccer’

    by | Jul 14, 2014
    'America' Briefly Explained to 'Soccer'
      Dear Soccer: Congratulations! The 2014 World Cup has been truly great. You`ve really outdone yourself this time around. As it turns out, you really ARE a 'beautiful game.' You've had boffo TV ratings and you've inspired ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 3

    Battles Forfeited

    by | Jul 15, 2014
    Barack Obama - Knight-errant - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license.
    But the sacred is something that Liberal America, by and large, has not been tapping into. That was not always true. One can sense the sacred in the words of FDR, for example, engraved in ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 2

    Evil Spirit vs. No Spirit = Triumph of Destructiveness

    by | Jul 9, 2014
    Tea Party Gap - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license.
    Liberal America's disconnection from the power of the spiritual dimension is not only manifested in this hopelessness I've heard from people. The costs of this condition go a lot deeper. Indeed, it is through ... Read on →

    lifting the veil

    Who Let the Priests Out?

    by | Jul 9, 2014
    Pope John Roberts - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey
    Prologue I am not an attorney. It is important to keep this fact in mind while reading this article since it deals with complex legal matters and notions about which I know only what I've ... Read on →

    on books

    Cop Town by Karin Slaughter: Crime Fiction set in Atlanta

    by | Jul 8, 2014
    Cop Town by Karin Slaughter: Crime Fiction set in Atlanta
    Many a late night, with my waning energy, I've eased into day's end with crime fiction under my lamp. Once a friend challenged, “You read so much of the genre, why don't you write ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 1

    Hopelessness and the Spirit

    by | Jul 7, 2014
    Hopelessness and the Spirit
    Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy (and a great many others act as if they had). They see that the Money Power is wresting power from the ... Read on →

    futbol season

    World Cup Fever

    by | Jul 5, 2014
    World Cup Fever
    As the US futbol team moved from regulation into that mysterious realm known as extra time during the elimination World Cup match against Belgium, I was attending the Richland (SC) County Council meeting. Minutes before ... Read on →

    the great war

    All The Hedges Broken Down

    by | Jul 4, 2014
    World War I, English Soldiers in the Trenches in France, 1914 from AllPosters.com
    Now that I have come to the end of Paul Fussell’s book The Great War And Modern Memory, I continue to think about the quote he cites describing a British soldier’s discovery of a ... Read on →

    a court gone wrong

    Hobby Lobby: Dred Scott 2.0

    by | Jul 4, 2014
    Hobby Lobby: Dred Scott 2.0
    It is now something approaching settled law in the United States that corporations possess "personhood." Corporations possess the right to freedom of speech and now, thanks to the Hobby Lobby decision, possess the right ... Read on →

    Cochran's Mississippi Victory

    Part 4: Fresh Evidence of Tea Party Unhingedness

    by | Jul 4, 2014
    Part 4: Fresh Evidence of Tea Party Unhingedness
    The Lie: Up is Down, Night is Day The dark spirit can lead people to see the world in a very different way than it is. There is indeed a very big problem with the ... Read on →

    voice of the people

    Celebrating Independence

    by | Jul 3, 2014
    Celebrating Independence
    Alert Dew reader Bob Lamb suggested reposting "The Declaration of Independence, Updated" in honor of our holiday. We took it a step further – here are more Dew stories, which appeared around the 4th ... Read on →

    hairy legs and all

    That Lying Doris Day

    by | Jul 2, 2014
    Image: from “Pillow Talk” With Doris Day & Rock Hudson - Universal Pictures
    Standing before the array of shaving products made and marketed especially for women is astonishing. Who would believe that there were so many types of razors, not to mention the creams and lotions to ... Read on →

    a big fan

    The Killing – a Review

    by | Jul 2, 2014
    Netflix - the killing season 4
    If you are anything like me, and, believe me, I fully understand if you hope you are not, the approach of August 1, 2014 has great meaning. On that day Netflix, the mad geniuses ... Read on →

    Cochran's Mississippi Victory

    Part 3: Fresh Evidence of Tea Party Unhingedness

    by | Jul 2, 2014
    Part 3: Fresh Evidence of Tea Party Unhingedness
    The Spirit of War. These unhinged Tea Partiers. We see they are unhinged because they are denouncing the "RINO's" these days, trying to get rid of every Republican that is ever willing to talk to ... Read on →

    distraction

    Quieting The Restless Mind

    by | Jul 1, 2014
    Quieting The Restless Mind
    In our never ending age of anxiety, you hear so much about those who cannot put their restless minds to sleep. They awake from storm-filled dreams full of concerns over the loose threads in ... Read on →

    do it yourself

    Employer provided health insurance

    by | Jun 30, 2014
    Employer provided health insurance
    So, the Supreme Court has ruled that there is no Constitutional basis for agents of government requiring employers to provide particular kinds of health insurance coverage to their employees. But, I'd go further and ... Read on →

    our artificial intelligence

    The Right Way To Do It

    by | Jun 30, 2014
    The Right Way To Do It
    Since we discovered rocks, it has been the desire of all thinking men to devise ways to kill from a distance. Drones are simply the latest step on that evolutionary chain. While still the ... Read on →
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    • Why Democrats Now Have a Shot in Georgia - NYTimes.com

      In 2005 and 2006, two moderate Democratic candidates, Jim Webb and Tim Kaine, won in Virginia with large margins in the Washington suburbs. Their victories demonstrated that there was a new path to victory for Democrats, one that did not depend on winning Southern conservative Democrats, the way Mark Warner did in 2001.

      Georgia might well be moving down the same road as Virginia. No other plausibly competitive state — not Nevada or Virginia, not Colorado or North Carolina — has had a change in the racial composition of the electorate that’s as favorable for Democrats. That’s giving Georgia Democrats hope that they might win a race that they almost certainly would have viewed as a lost cause only a few years ago.

    • Georgia Republicans Choose David Perdue as Their Senate Candidate - NYTimes.com

      After more than two months of intraparty fighting, David Perdue, a former chief executive of Dollar General, won Tuesday’s Republican runoff in Georgia to become his party’s Senate nominee, setting up one of the few contests where Democrats have hopes of taking a Republican-controlled seat in the midterm elections.

      Mr. Perdue’s victory over Jack Kingston, an 11-term Georgia congressman, with just under 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday evening upset both public polling predictions and conventional wisdom, which had Mr. Kingston slightly ahead, despite having finished second to Mr. Perdue in the May primary. In the general election, Mr. Perdue will face Michelle Nunn, a Democrat, former chief executive of the Points of Light volunteer group and the daughter of Sam Nunn, the former Georgia senator.

    • Off Alabama’s Beaten Path, Tribute to a Native American’s Journey Home - NYTimes.com

      FLORENCE, Ala. — Tom Hendrix spent a quarter-century stacking eight million pounds of sandstone and limestone to honor a woman he never knew. In the autumn of his life, Mr. Hendrix now sees his Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall, a few steps from the Natchez Trace Parkway in northern Alabama, beckoning wanderers, spiritual leaders and artists.

      Dedicated to his Native American great-great grandmother, Te-lah-nay, the wall, recorded in the Library of Congress, ranges in height from four feet to almost six feet in some spots and is the largest unmortared wall in the United States. It commemorates Te-lah-nay’s five-year walk home from Oklahoma to Florence after she was displaced during the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans from the Southeast following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

    • Musicians Join in a Seeger Tribute at Lincoln Center - NYTimes.com

      Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary gave “Down by the Riverside” a line about fracking. Vanaver Caravan, a dance troupe backed by a folky string band, added a verse about income inequality and the Occupy movement to “Union Maid.” The bluesman Guy Davis updated Lead Belly’s “Midnight Special” with references to Dick Cheney and Guantánamo.

      That’s how Pete Seeger’s messages and methods — using sturdy traditional tunes to carry topical thoughts — were carried on at Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ part of Seeger Fest, a five-day memorial to Pete and Toshi Seeger held in New York City and around the Hudson Valley. Pete Seeger died in January, just six months after the death of his wife, Toshi.

    • Jumbo’s Restaurant Closing Its Doors - NYTimes.com

      Jumbo’s is closing in Miami. It was the first white-owned restaurant to integrate in Miami. The first white-owned restaurant to integrate in Atlanta — Herren’s — closed long ago.

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    Under Romney, Bain Capital Made Millions, Laid off 150 S.C. workers

    Under Romney, Bain Capital Made Millions, Laid off 150 S.C. workers

    In a wayward attempt to rebrand himself as a middle-class hero, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is running headlong into his history with Bain Capital. Not only does the firm have a history of making millions by buying up and gutting companies, but Romney also secured a plush retirement deal ...

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    That Lying Doris Day

    That Lying Doris Day

    Standing before the array of shaving products made and marketed especially for women is astonishing. Who would believe that there were so many types of razors, not to mention the creams and lotions to be used pre, post and (I guess) during the shaving process. The products all claim to result to...

    Read on →

    Over Stimulated in Atlanta

    Over Stimulated in Atlanta

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the stimulus bill. I think it is absolutely appropriate for Washington to replace the imaginary money lost on Wall Street with imaginary money from the treasury. Don’t get me wrong. I know they have to spend it on something. Roads are easy. Might as well add ...

    Read on →

    And her inner child shall lead her...

    And her inner child shall lead her...

    A girl from Malden asked President Obama a question at Tuesday’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire about the signs outside “saying mean things” about his health care proposal. Eleven-year-old Julia Hall asked: “How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system t...

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    Merle Haggard, Neil Young: Soldiering On

    Merle Haggard, Neil Young: Soldiering On

    Ubiquitous nickel-plated bracelets. In the workplace. In the schools. Celebrities and politicians wore them. The guy delivering pizzas wore one. The bracelets made no fashion statement, but they did speak loudly for U. S. soldiers who were prisoners of war or missing-in-action while serving in the m...

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    Just a Mom

    Just a Mom

    One day in 1979 I was on a plane between Los Angeles and San Diego after a transatlantic flight from London, my first solo trip. I’d saved the fare while working in a friend’s restaurant. Three passengers, one of them me, were invited by the crew to enter the cockpit and chat with the pilot. He ...

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    Revisiting Vietnam

    Revisiting Vietnam

    The fighting in Vietnam was such an evening-news fixture by the mid-1960s that writer Michael J. Arlen dubbed it the “living room war.” On the entertainment side, the networks were skittish, unsure what stance to take. Even with Korea standing in for Vietnam, M*A*S*H didn’t arrive on CBS unt...

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    Horror in the South: A Q-and-A

    Horror in the South: A Q-and-A

    Many of us thought eight years under the Bush administration were a nightmare. But unless you were detained at Gitmo or Abu Ghraib, the closest you've probably come to unspeakable terror and horror are what you've uncovered in books or late nights at the movie theater. Phil Nutman contributed ...

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    Christmas Gifts

    Christmas Gifts

    It’s that time of year once again, and ever since I started seeing the first of the annual Christmas decorations appearing around town—just after Labor Day—I have had that queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Some of you parents out there probably know the one I am talking about. It is tha...

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    Who needs a Superman, anyway?

    Who needs a Superman, anyway?

    Author's Note: Recently, in Action Comics Magazine No. 900, Superman announced his intention to renounce his U.S. citizenship. Well, buddy-boy  had better think again ... “Thanks for coming on short notice, Superman. ” “…my pleasure, Mr. Pres …” “Please ... have a seat. Firs...

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    Southern Song of The Day: 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' — Larry Williams, The Beatles

    Southern Song of The Day: 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' — Larry Williams, The Beatles

    First off, Miss Lizzy was not dizzy, as say, Lucy Ricardo.  Miss Lizzy made guys dizzy. It was the way she rocked and rolled. She drove guys insane. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" was one of the three songs written and originally recorded by Larry Williams that The Beatles covered on their earlier ...

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    When ideology trumps intelligence

    When ideology trumps intelligence

    SC's Zais wrong to partisanize federal grant money at expense of students. If you want a textbook example of how partisan ideology is trumping intelligence, look no farther than South Carolina's Mick Zais, the retired general who is now the state's superintendent of education. Last week in the...

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    Booboo, Boney, Shorty and Fats

    Booboo, Boney, Shorty and Fats

    Met anybody with a colorful nickname lately? And no, Georgia’s esteemed governor doesn’t count. I’m not talking about public figures, and I’m interested in nicknames a little more exotic than Sonny or Bubba. A while back, I posted a piece about the great, ongoing Southern tradition of fa...

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