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Monday, January 26, 2015
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    anything to win

    It Matters How You Get There

    by | 6 hours ago
    It Matters How You Get There

    I sympathize with those brushing aside the “Deflategate” scandal swirling around the New England Patriots as much ado over little of consequence. After all, the Patriots absolutely annihilated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game on January 18. It’s hard to conceive any edge Patriots quarterback Tom Brady allegedly gained from playing with deliberately underinflated footballs could be primarily responsible for that butt whipping.

    tracks in the snow

    Threnody

    by | 6 hours ago
    our house in winter

    “Please hold my hand now. I am dying.” As this soul pulled me close to her, she looked up but just smiled. I had just finished reading “Walking Home From Oak Head” by Mary Oliver to her and she seemed to be pleased to hear some of the refrains again,

    There is something
    about the snow-laden sky
    in winter
    in the late afternoon
    that brings to the heart elation
    and the lovely meaninglessness
    of time.

    china 1972

    Waiting for the Red Rope to Drop

    by | 6 hours ago
    Waiting for the Red Rope to Drop

    The 31st Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Spring) was held from 15 April to 15 May 1972, and most of the foreign traders attended for the whole month. While the main purpose of the Fair was for China to exhibit and sell its products to the western world, buyers from the Beijing Government’s import agencies attended to negotiate the purchase of raw materials, metals, minerals and other commodities from the west, hopefully paying with Chinese goods.

    China saw itself as a potential exporter of machinery and equipment, automobiles and other manufactured goods. In reality most of what was on display at the Fair in 1972 was several decades behind…

    anything to win

    Say it isn’t so!

    by | Jan 24, 2015
    Say it isn't so!
    James Holland writes: ADDENDUM: And then there's the occasional unintended consequence, new evidence exposed. Glynn County public works is at it again. I thought my eyes were lying to me when I observed the images in my photos. Tide coming in and you can see how high it is and it is still coming. Glynn ... Read on →

    two name songwriters

    Being Wayne

    by | Jan 22, 2015
    Tony Joe White, Billy Joe Royal, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Alan Coe, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver
    My friend Tom says most, if not all, great writers are fractured individuals. I hope he’s wrong about that; I’ve always been a happy, well-adjusted guy. I plan to achieve Great Writer status one day and would hate to think lack of a tortured soul, along with precious little talent, will prevent such ... Read on →

    literally

    In A Word

    by | Jan 20, 2015
    Fish jump 02-24-12 © mrazp via iStockPhoto.com and licensed by LikeTheDew.com;
    In her autobiography A Backward Glance (1934), Edith Wharton wrote: “In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” I like that concept ... Read on →

    called for good

    Of Good, Evil, and All the Little Things That Matter

    by | Jan 20, 2015
    clearing a woodland nature trail in our community
    Volunteers work to clear a nature trail in Porterdale, Ga as partof the MLK Day of Service in Newton County “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” Whether Edmund Burke or someone before him first said it is a matter of some debate. But, we all ... Read on →

    photo of the week

    High Tide Apparition

    by | Jan 24, 2015
    High Tide Apparition
    High Tide Apparition While men slumber, daring men trawl off the coast. Through dusk, midnight, into dawn their boats dance upon waves, major and minor. But what if a rogue wave or something gone awry scuttled an ill-fated trawler long ago. Does this surreal daybreak reveal that ghostly trawler? Could it ... Read on →

    what might yours say?

    The Last Word

    by | Jan 20, 2015
    The Last Word
    Time will wear down these stones WARNING: This feature has nothing to do with politics, terrorism, or race relations. It does, however, touch upon your unavoidable visit from the Grim Reaper. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it ... Read on →

    all hat

    On Cowboys and Cowards

    by | Jan 19, 2015
    On Cowboys and Cowards
    Not having grown up American, I find that I am often ignorant of American culture. On the other hand, when it is pointed out to me, I see it as an outsider and, I sometimes think, more clearly. That was the case with the car culture "discovered" by my spouse ... Read on →

    stop going backwards

    Georgia needs leaders who will cut spending and raise taxes

    by | Jan 14, 2015
    Deal capitol georgia dome
    Georgia's General Assembly began Monday. Watch out! Few of us are safe from its machinations! You can be sure with the super majority that the Republican Party now has in the Legislature, we will see many proposals aimed at reducing taxes, that will give the rich more power, and forget the ... Read on →

    china 1972

    The Dong Fang Club

    by | Jan 16, 2015
    The Dong Fang Club
    The Dong Fang (East Wind) Hotel was on Liuhua Road, between Liuhua Lake and Yuehsiu Park with its Chenhai Tower. Even though it was not close to the Chinese Export Commodities Fair, it was ... Read on →

    doing your part

    How to Deny My Denier Status?

    by | Jan 14, 2015
    k-cups
    These climate deniers are making me crazy! Every day, it's some new story about some Republican lawmaker making up the most inane justifications for why he or she doesn't believe the Earth's climate is ... Read on →

    pistol pete

    The Dawning of Excellence

    by | Jan 12, 2015
    The Dawning of Excellence
    Terry and I were enjoying an unabridged, non-scripted evening together; our first in many months. Suzy has known him longer than me and likes to accompany me when I meet him for drinks. That ... Read on →

    culture of obedience

    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    by | Jan 12, 2015
    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 ... Read on →

    grandma's weapon of choice

    An Honest To Goodness Fly Swatter

    by | Jan 10, 2015
    An Honest To Goodness Fly Swatter
    Clunky plastic vs. screen wire. No contest. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “fly swatter” as “an implement used for swatting insects, typically a square of plastic mesh attached to a wire handle.” Really? I beg ... Read on →

    charlie hebdo

    Je Suis Charlie

    by | Jan 8, 2015

    last bus in china

    Train to Lowu and Bridge to Shenzhen

    by | Jan 6, 2015
    Guangzhou – 1972 (From my hotel window)
    It had been a busy four days in Hong Kong after an interesting landing at Kai Tak Airport. There was only one approach to Kai Tak, up Victoria Harbor, turn north east across the ... Read on →

    door-to-door

    Black History: Selling a Good Story

    by | Jan 5, 2015
    Black History: Selling a Good Story
    In 1971 I was a twenty-year old Mississippi college sophomore, terminally shy with a stutter and an undeclared major. What career choice did I have that didn’t involve actually speaking with people? Milton, a fast-talking, ... Read on →

    black sheep bootlegger

    Moonshine Memories

    by | Jan 4, 2015
    Moonshine Memories
    Nothing Like Granddad's Copper Still In the riverbed between Edgefield County, South Carolina, and Lincoln County, Georgia, a copper still sleeps in the ooze gluing two states together. That still, the last vestige of a ... Read on →

    rock, soul & blues

    Joe Cocker: From Sheffield To The Mad Dog Ranch

    by | Jan 4, 2015
    Joe Cocker, 2013
    The surprising thing about Joe Cocker's recent death might be that he made it to 70. The human body can be most resilient. Joe Cocker, 1970 More than half his lifetime ago, the obit for Cocker ... Read on →

    2015

    Women. Thank God.

    by | Jan 3, 2015
    Ursula Le Guin, Jane Goodall and Senator Elizabeth Warren
    Do I need me some inspiration as I face the new year? Heck yeah, and I’m getting it from a few good women. Did you see Ursula Le Guin’s remarks as she accepted the Award ... Read on →

    filled with magic

    These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

    by | Jan 1, 2015
    These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things
    Can you read that title without humming a tune?  I can’t but I can state definitively that I am not overjoyed by warm woolen mittens or snowflakes on my nose or eyelashes.  In fact ... Read on →

    inexhaustible well

    What Did Godot Do?

    by | Jan 1, 2015
    What Did Godot Do?
    I read recently that the American novelist, poet, and composer Paul Bowles once said, ”We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a ... Read on →

    our friend floyd

    The Analects of Floyd

    by | Dec 27, 2014
    from Chilture.com (promotional image) http://www.chilture.com/chinese-calligraphy-art-confucius-quotes-c-22_36.html
    We took Christmas dinner to Floyd in southern Pennsylvania yesterday. Although he said he was continuing to feel "tired" most of the time and had a bit of trouble breathing (probably a lingering effect ... Read on →

    frozen in time

    Waiting for the Glue Pot

    by | Dec 27, 2014
    Hong Kong: 1972 by Ken Peacock
    Hong Kong: 1972 My first visit to China was in April 1972 but the journey started much earlier. China, then referred to as The People’s Republic of China (PRC), always had been a country of ... Read on →

    counting blessings

    Christmas Letter to an Old Friend

    by | Dec 22, 2014
    Christmas Letter to an Old Friend
    Bob! Wow, it was great to get your card, man. Years been slipping by, right? Anyhooby, we’re all good here. Ruthie pulled a twofer this summer—finished school and married Ben, pretty much on the same day. ... 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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    We Must Decide

    by Alex Kearns

    We Must Decide

    In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted... Read on →

    And the Beat goes on?

    by Keith Graham

    The Atlanta Beat made the playoffs in the now defunct Women’s United Soccer Association all three years the league existed. They were the only team who could make that claim. Twice, the Beat went on to play in the league’s championship match. Sunday, a new effort to bring professional women’... Read on →

    Krispy Kreme, Cheerwine Team Up In Culinary Tsunami

    by Michael J. Solender

    Krispy Kreme, Cheerwine Team Up In Culinary Tsunami

    In a gastronomic feat that is certain to rock and roll the Tar Heel State more than the blood glucose levels of a Brittle diabetic, those NC stalwart manufacturers of our favorite health foods, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Cheerwine cherry soda have teamed up to create the ultimate limited edition con... Read on →

    Art in the Shadow of Angels and Ancestors

    by Terri Evans

    Art in the Shadow of Angels and Ancestors

    Gregg Quinn Irby was born to admire art. The daughter of South Carolina artist, Blanche Quinn, Gregg was enchanted by the imagery, light and colors that she was introduced to as a child. Her appreciation for art was nurtured over the years into adulthood as she was exposed to all genres in various... Read on →

    'Birther Bill' Latest Embarrassment from GA Legislature

    by Paul Rutledge

    'Birther Bill' Latest Embarrassment from GA Legislature

    As I read and write about the “birther bill” that is apparently scheduled to appear before the Georgia Legislature’s Government Affairs subcommittee, I am struck with a few responses. First, I agree with columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a conservative ironically, t... Read on →

    Do Lord, Oh Do Lord

    by Mary Willis Cantrell

    Do Lord, Oh Do Lord

    Woodlawn Presbyterian Church is between air conditioners, but it wasn’t in our long-term plans. Several weeks ago a gang of miscreants apparently recognized that we struggle each month to pay our Georgia Power bill, so decided to help us. They wanted to show us that something we thought was essent... Read on →

    Running Out of Time

    by Robert Lamb

    Running Out of Time

    I have come both reluctantly and late to the belief that President Obama will lose re-election unless he moves, and moves quickly, to prosecute the main Wall Street malefactors of the 2008 economic collapse. Last Sunday's segment on "60 Minutes" about the activities by Lehman Brothers executives ... Read on →

    It's A Dog's Life.

    by Mark Johnson

    It's A Dog's Life.

    I’m in love with a Frenchman. Hold it! Rebecca knows all about it and approves. The Frenchman in question is a standard Poodle named Lucas. He manages Antiques On The Square in Marietta and employs two lovely people, Melissa and Jim. To keep peace in the family, Lucas allows Melissa and... Read on →

    A new ‘Queen’ in London

    by Kathryn Hoffman

    A new ‘Queen’ in London

    London — How do you transform a cult classic where one of the main characters is a giant pink bus into a stage production?!?! Well, friends, the brilliant minds of the West End have done it with "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert." My face still hurts from smiling (and singing)!! Michael was al... Read on →

    Budget cuts jeopardize Georgians’ health

    by Sonya Collins

    Budget cuts jeopardize Georgians’ health

    Beth Heath’s biggest frustration as Madison County nurse manager is when she can’t help someone, when she has to turn someone away. “There are patients that leave [the health department], and we worry about them because we don’t know what they’re going to do,” said Heath. [caption ... Read on →

    Feuds, Fathers, & Forgiveness

    by Tom Poland

    Feuds, Fathers, & Forgiveness

    There’s something about being a writer that leads people to confide in me. Think about that. Why tell a writer, a person who uses life itself as raw material, your deepest secrets. But tell me they do, and sometimes their secrets break my heart. Through my writing and books, I meet a lot of peo... Read on →

    The Same Six Questions

    by Robert Lamb

    The Same Six Questions

    1. Have you published a book yet? Yes, three novels and a book of stories and poems. The first novel, Striking Out, a coming-of-age novel, was published in 1991 by The Permanent Press and was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award. The second, Atlanta Blues, is about the search for a missing college... Read on →

    R.I.P.

    by Robert Lamb

    R.I.P.

    When I was about ten years old, a black woman named Claudia Thompson kept me during the day while my parents worked in the Seminole Cotton Mill in Clearwater, South Carolina. This was summertime; no school. I grew very fond of Claudia, and in concert with my mother's disapproval of bigotry (without ... Read on →

    National Narrative and Received Wisdom

    by Tom Ferguson

    National Narrative and Received Wisdom

    Nations have national flags in order to give the population a nice visual to identify with. A narrative is fashioned to associate with that symbol, all according to good stimulus- response behavioral psychology. The narrative relates more or less to history, usually less. The former Soviet Union for... Read on →

    Sharing the burden

    by Keith Graham

    Sharing the burden

    Across the political spectrum, you won't find much support in America for reinstating the military draft. As Republicans are well aware, neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama served in the military. On the other hand, neither did Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Pat Bucha... Read on →

    The Dogs in that Fight

    by Booth Malone

    The Dogs in that Fight

    From the lieutenant’s cap I had drawn a “4.” So they killed me about forty yards shy of the wall. Hoke, my neighbor’s son, was in his first fight and also had a “4”; he got a little further but inevitably, he too, was mown down. Jackson, a clever Florida boy, is also at his first reenact... Read on →

    The Barren Donkey and the Jackass

    by Terri Evans

    The Barren Donkey and the Jackass

    The devil, the princess, the pirate, a ghost, a bloody vampire, a tiger, a hula girl, a gaggle of clowns, witches, the inevitable hobo and several store-bought, licensed characters du jour roamed the party room with abandon, squealing and growling at the top of their alter-ego voices. There were no ... Read on →

    'The Sins of the Father'

    by Jeff Cochran

    'The Sins of the Father'

    This is not your father's Darryl Rhoades.  Or maybe it is. The satirical and edgy rock music that Rhoades and his Hahavishnu Orchestra performed during the mid to late '70s was a biting commentary on society's greed, lusts and willingness to conform to government leadership. The willingnes... Read on →

    Silver State Summer Vacation 2012, Part 2

    by Rafael Alvarez

    Silver State Summer Vacation 2012, Part 2

    A travelogue from parts out West. “The view was always fascinating, bewitching, entrancing. The eye was never tired of gazing, night or day, in calm or storm …” —Mark Twain All sorts of things stand out on my 2012 Nevada summer vacation (more spider webs and dragon flies at the desolate an... Read on →

    Close your eyes, and it's 1968 all over again ...

    by Robert Mashburn

    Close your eyes, and it's 1968 all over again ...

    Tonight I feel like I'm 11 years old again, on a summer visit to Grandma Mashburn's trailer in the backwoods of Baker, Florida, listening to the Braves game on the radio and thinking this is the coolest thing ever. Instead of a tiny, battery powered transistor tucked under my pillow in the da... Read on →



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