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    Enough Said about Confederate Memories

    by | Jul 3, 2015
    Confederate flag bug screen licensed by LikeTheDew.com at 123rf.com

    Only one hundred and fifty years after Appomattox, southern states are beginning to give up public displays of Confederate battle flags and other emblems of what my two grandfathers called the War for Southern Independence or the War of Northern Aggression.

    But what about private displays? And what about memories of private displays?

    male pattern blindness

    Quirks And Quiddities

    by | Jul 3, 2015
    Quirks And Quiddities

    “In this intimate body of work, she uses mixed media, collage and painting to explore the demands of motherhood, preservation of memory, and repetitious patterns of thought and behavior.”

    Huh?

    I recently received this invitation and quickly decided it was probably something I don’t want to even be seen near, let alone attend.

    read the warning label

    Takin’ My Medicine

    by | Jul 1, 2015
    Takin' My Medicine

    There’s a pill for everything, you know. Not that that puts pharmaceuticals in any special category. There’s an anything for everything—just a click away. Still, all those meds you see advertised on TV, targeted particularly to people who look to be about my age, people who are “having trouble” breathing or peeing or digesting or remembering. It’s become a cliché: all old people do is take pills.Well, that ain’t me. I have no prescriptions and take no medications. At least that’s what I say every time I fill out medical history forms. In fact, I’m just about a perfect human specimen, according to such documents, and I’m generally able to hold on to the notion that when I fill out these forms I’m conveying the spirit of the truth if not all the boring minutiae.

    seem a fetish

    Between Pistols and Prozac

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Between Pistols and Prozac
    There is a store in the North Georgia Mountains called “Drug and Gun.” I’ve been meaning to revisit the shop to ask the cashier if customers buy their anti-psychotic drugs before or after they buy a gun. But when I ... Read on →

    beneath the american flag

    Finding My Heritage in the Long Shadow of Lincoln

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Lincoln Memoria by Daniel Chester French licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lincoln_Memorial.jpg
    That my first visit to the Lincoln memorial in 48 years would bring tears was unexpected. Yet on a sunny September Sunday in 2012, at the feet of his massive marble likeness, staring solemnly upon the chiseled words of President ... Read on →

    marriage equality

    Let No Man Put Asunder

    by | Jun 26, 2015
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under creative commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/
    I recognize some Americans still feel threatened by gay marriage. I don’t understand that fear, but I respect it. I also respectfully suggest if you believe gay marriage is about what happens in the bedroom, you really don’t understand marriage ... Read on →

    never forget

    The Charleston Massacre

    by | Jun 25, 2015
    The Charleston Massacre
    My wife and I attended An Evening of Prayer Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pawleys Island. The special event was an ecumenical vigil for the victims of the Charleston massacre on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church at ... Read on →

    all tangled up

    Death, Race and Irony in South Carolina

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Death, Race and Irony in South Carolina
    "Love Never Fails #CharlestonStrong" - from a video by Donovan X. Ramsey during the Ravenel Bridge Unity March. There have been hundreds of thousands of words written and spoken about the unspeakable tragedy of the ... Read on →

    non-violent action

    People of Charleston showed the way out of tragedy

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    People of Charleston showed the way out of tragedy
    “Mother” Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, S.C. Recently a gunman walked into a church with intent to murder, cause mayhem and start a revolution against black people. Instead, his killing of nine church members brought people of ... Read on →

    breakfast over hard

    Ham n’ Angry

    by | Jun 29, 2015
    Charleson Massacre
    "Ol' Obama knocked it outta the park yestiddy didn't he?" "Sumbitch always does. He always does." "Big O was fuckin' magnificent in Charleston. I can't believe he actually sang 'Amazing Grace.' I think he knew Clementha ... Read on →

    marriage equality. life.

    Outlaws no more!

    by | Jun 26, 2015
    Outlaws no more!
    Thomas Wolfe was wrong: We can go home again! As two Suthunahs living in exile in New Joisey -- one from Georgia, the other from Alabama -- we share a photo essay of our 41-year marriage  which today the ... Read on →

    institute index

    Charleston church massacre puts spotlight on South Carolina’s gun violence problem

    by | Jun 30, 2015
    Charleston church massacre puts spotlight on South Carolina's gun violence problem
    South Carolina, where last week a white supremacist gunned down nine African Americans in church, has one of the highest gun murder rates in the nation. Yet state lawmakers are eager to further weaken ... Read on →

    extra syllables?

    What Makes Southern Writing “Southern?”

    by | Jun 25, 2015
    Dahlonega by Wayne Hsieh via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.
    This spring, my wife and I recently spent a lovely weekend in Dahlonega, Georgia. For the uninformed, Dahlonega is a small town just over an hour north of Atlanta in the foothills of the ... Read on →

    bad for business

    Confluence of factors drive momentum to take down flag

    by | Jun 25, 2015
    Confluence of factors drive momentum to take down flag
    The Confederate battle flag flew outside the S.C. Statehouse Wednesday as mourners entered the building to pay their respects to slain state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, D-Jasper. (Ken Lund) The S.C. General Assembly put the Confederate ... Read on →

    monopoly capitalism

    Four Steps That Can Help End Unemployment and Poverty Now

    by | Jun 24, 2015
    Four Steps That Can Help End Unemployment and Poverty Now
    More than seven years after the Great Recession began in 2007, many Americans are still struggling to put their economic lives back together. Factors such as low wages, high interest rates on credit cards ... Read on →

    are we there yet?

    Awesome Ways to Keep Kids Happy

    by | Jun 24, 2015
    Awesome Ways to Keep Kids Happy
    I clicked on this topic, interested to expand my ingenuity to distract children on a long drive or transatlantic flight. We played games to keep five boys from fidgeting and fighting during road trips ... Read on →

    grief and fear

    Wellspring of Tears

    by | Jun 24, 2015
    Charleston Massacre by Lee Stranahan via flickr and used a Creative Commons license.
    The Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote many years ago in The Second Coming that, Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is ... Read on →

    race rant

    Just who the hell are we?

    by | Jun 23, 2015
    Just who the hell are we?
    First, yeah this is long, but just maybe, it’s time for long, cuz it’s been a long time comin’. I suppose it all started with Michael Jackson and his desire for a “white” nose, which ... Read on →

    time for action

    Open the door of the race closet

    by | Jun 23, 2015
    CBS News anchor Scott Pelley prepares Thursday to broadcast from outside the church.
    Most South Carolinians don’t know a lot of out-of-the-closet, vociferous racists. They’re probably around, just like they have been since two people who didn’t look like each other first met. But in our society ... Read on →

    people will die

    When Disgraceful Political Conduct Becomes Acceptable

    by | Jun 23, 2015
    Tea Party Gap by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used a Creative Commons license
    As the American public recognizes, our political system has become dysfunctional. A big component of the problem is that disgraceful political conduct has become acceptable, and is often even rewarded. The rejection of Medicaid ... Read on →

    racist act of terror

    Keep your prayers, Nikki…

    by | Jun 22, 2015
    Dismantle Hate, Black Lives Matter (Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Charleston Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting) - by Light Brigading
    Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Charleston Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting These past few days I have been frantically trying to wrap my brain around the slaughter of nine African-American men and women at the ... Read on →

    incomprehensible

    Charleston shooting brings sadness, shock, anger, frustration

    by | Jun 22, 2015
    Dozens of bouquets lined a sidewalk Thursday outside Emanuel AMC Church in Charleston. The display board still lists the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney as the church's pastor.
    As I headed to bed Wednesday night, a white gunman shot and killed nine people in an historic black church in the center of town just four blocks from where I used to live. ... Read on →

    southern life circa 1944

    The Day That Eulene Tried to Commit Suicide

    by | Jun 21, 2015
    The Day That Eulene Tried to Commit Suicide
    While I, Louie Crew Clay, narrate the story as if fiction, it actually is nonfiction and I have changed only the names. I wrote it to expose to myself as to any readers the ... Read on →

    bin-yah

    Reflections of a Southerner on Fathers’ Day

    by | Jun 20, 2015
    Reflections of a Southerner on Fathers’ Day
    I did not personally know the beautiful souls who were massacred while gathered in prayer with a stranger at Mother Emanuel on June 17, 2015, but I can’t stop weeping. In part, my tears ... Read on →

    laudato si'

    Francis’ Momentous Encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home

    by | Jun 19, 2015
    Click for full text of Laudato Si'
    "We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are between stories." -- Father Thomas Berry I'm not Catholic. Nevertheless, fond of this pope, I've eagerly awaited the release ... Read on →

    confronting hate

    Soul Searching, Not Denial, Is the Way Forward from Charleston

    by | Jun 19, 2015
    Soul Searching, Not Denial, Is the Way Forward from Charleston
    With so many people professing concern for saving the souls of others, we have precious few willing to search their own. Facts about the Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston are yet unfolding, but ... Read on →

    mystery of joy

    Eating Stones

    by | Jun 18, 2015
    The Celestial Rose by Gustave Doré (engraving, c.1868)
    As the ruffian used force to carry her out of the convent because her family needed her for an arranged marriage that would increase their fortune, this thirteenth-century nun and member of (St.) Clare’s ... Read on →
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    Burning Down the House

    by Billy Howard

    Burning Down the House

    Ever since Sherman’s visit, Atlanta has been dusting itself off, cleaning itself up, tearing down the old and replacing it with the shiny new, purging itself of reminders of the past and trying to forget. One bastion of the old south - and by old, I mean unrepentant, real, gritty and raw - ...

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    My, how things have changed

    by Andy Brack

    My, how things have changed

    Sixty years ago, segregation was the common practice of the South as blacks and whites had different water fountains, sections of restaurants and school systems. Fifty years ago, black families traveling in the South more than likely packed food to take on long car trips so they didn't have to en...

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    Truth & Spin

    by Carl Kline

    Truth & Spin

    When I was in high school, I sang in our church choir. As a preachers kid, I was generally rebellious about church activities. But I didn't mind the choir because I liked singing, and besides, there was some camaraderie in the group that made it enjoyable. People weren't religiously "stuffy;" in fac...

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    Shelter From The Storm

    by David Evans

    Shelter From The Storm

    December has been a cold month for me, chilling my heart as well as my fingers and toes. I have spent considerable time on the road in snow and ice storms this month, visiting ailing friends and family whom I may never see again. This past weekend was particularly raw in central Ohio where my boy...

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    Taking Drastic Steps

    by Mike Cox

    Taking Drastic Steps

    The signs were small at first. I didn’t really realize what was going on. I started enunciating the ending R on words like summer and dinner. I would ask people from deep in the Confederacy to repeat phrases to me. Hollywood southern accents began to sound authentic. Even when the problem becam...

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    Watching Larry Jones

    by Mike Cox

    Watching Larry Jones

    Baseball stole my heart early on. My dad taught me how to throw and catch, and shared stories of his playing days. He bought my first unused glove, a Rawlings Duke Snider model, at Western Auto in Centreville, Alabama, when I was nine. The experience was so magical I eventually wrote a song about it...

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    'Down In The Boondocks' by Joe South

    by Jeff Cochran

    'Down In The Boondocks' by Joe South

    Lord have mercy on that boy from down in the boondocks. Like others, he endures the hardships that come with being from the poor side of town. The first verse of Joe South's "Down In The Boondocks" provides a look at the boy's life. He captures the yearning and despair of one who's forever looking u...

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    Florida’s First Theme Park

    by Tom Poland

    Florida’s First Theme Park

    Back in the 1960s when I hung out at Georgia’s Elijah Clark State Park, the cool guys were into water skiing. I got into it too and learned to slalom. That was a big deal. Learning to take off from shore standing on one leg was an even bigger deal, and I did that despite my most ordinary ski’s l...

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    We need reporters ... and shoppers, too

    by Tom Walker

    We need reporters ... and shoppers, too

    There are two interesting trends unfolding in our society right now that run parallel to each other but are not necessarily related. Both are, to me at least, unexpected. In both instances, people who had been highly critical have since, for various reasons, reversed course and become staunch...

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    Eat More Grits

    by Myra Blackmon

    Eat More Grits

    It was New Year’s night, which is the tail end of New Year’s Day, which comes after New Year’s Eve, which is preceded by New Year’s Eve Eve. Any excuse for a party. But we had not been partying, unless you count  the excellent venison stew with our cabin neighbors Roxanne and Jay. They’re...

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    Rhythm & Dews: Arthur Alexander and Bob Dylan

    by Jeff Cochran

    Rhythm & Dews: Arthur Alexander and Bob Dylan

    The Southern Song of the Day story on the late Arthur Alexander's "Anna (Go To Him)" reports he is the only songwriter to have his songs covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. As noted, only recordings officially released by those artists are recognized in granting Alexander ...

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    Lauren Lucas is The Carolina Kind

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    Lauren Lucas is The Carolina Kind

    It’s so exhilarating to find a performer like Lauren Lucas.  She’s powerful and curvy and sexy and talented and from South-by-God-Carolina!  I've known Lauren since we were little girls and though I don't get to see her much now that she's in Nashville, I'm always a taken aback when I hear...

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    Quieting The Restless Mind

    by David Evans

    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 their lives. Will the irresponsible son ever settle down, how long can the battered daughter survive the a...

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    A power shift is needed

    by Frank Povah

    A power shift is needed

    Once again a not-uncommon natural phenomenon has demonstrated that the only sensible place for electricity transmission lines is underground. Perhaps not the giant feeder lines rated in thousands of kiloVolts (why not Megavolts I wonder), but certainly those ubiquitous pole hangers that for a hundre...

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    What would Pat Robertson say?

    by Lee Leslie

    What would Pat Robertson say?

    Let's take a quick look at recent legislative initiatives and the relationship of opposition-killing news events: Health care reform - dead in the house and frozen in the senate until Anthem/Blue Cross announces billions in earnings along with huge policy price increases and the tea party takes ...

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    The Short Happy Life Of Jim Croce

    by Jeff Cochran

    The Short Happy Life Of Jim Croce

    As Honest As The Day Is Long . . .  Jim Croce was one-of-a-kind in the world of rock music. He had that bushy mustache working, but was otherwise a clean-cut guy. Moms might pick up his album covers and say, "Now Johnny, if you would only wear your hair like this young man..." But something moms sh...

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    Nobody Talks Anymore

    by Tom Poland

    Nobody Talks Anymore

    [caption id="attachment_59567" align="alignright" width="360"] Call me, please.[/caption] The first time I heard the phrase, “the Information Age,” I wasn’t sure what it meant. The best I could figure it meant an explosion in knowledge was on the way. That, it so happens, was true. Two week...

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    Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

    by Kate Greer

    Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

    I have friends from all walks of life and that is the way it should be.  I enjoy listening to other people's stories and learning from them.  Different views in my friends only help me to see more of the world I live in.  With that preface, this story is not a typical weekend for me but nonethele...

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    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    by Door Guy

    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    Al is a crusty New Yorker who moved to our very waspy Republican stronghold here in Central Florida about 10 years ago to open a small cabinetry and carpentry shop. My wife and I own a small cafe here that we opened one month after President Obama was elected. Our very risky venture – on openin...

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    Should you be eating that?

    by Eileen Dight

    Should you be eating that?

    Don’t believe all they tell you about nutrition. People with high blood pressure are urged to avoid red meat and live longer. In my estimation if they give it up entirely their life may not really be longer, but it will seem like it. I interpret on Tuesday mornings at a clinic between healthcar...

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