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    tooting my alto

    Making The Honor Roll

    by | 21 hours ago
    Jazz players by Pedro Ribeiro Simões

    +-*When I first heard the music of Bob Marley years ago, the Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, guitarist and philosopher, I found myself moving to the music. Somewhat to my surprise, I seemed to be responding automatically to his enlightened suggestion to “lively up yo’self.”

    Music has always been a challenge to me. I guess part of the difficulty has been my insistence on wanting to know how it works rather than just sitting back and letting it work on me. Too much left- and not enough right-brain dominance.

    a northern princess

    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?

    +-*My father, born in the northern English port of Liverpool (a likely landing place for sea farers) was tall, blonde, with piercing blue eyes, a Roman nose and flat back of the head. As a girl I fantasized that he was of Viking descent, and I a northern princess with a fine thermostat: I was never able to tolerate a hot climate, feeling moribund when the temperature is above 85 degrees and at my best when there’s a nip in the air.

    arboreal sartorial choices

    Urban Renewal

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Urban Renewal

    +-*When I was young, Mamie Lattimer lived across the street from my grandmother in Jackson, Mississippi. Her yard could only be charitably described as a jungle. My grandmother loved it. In the summer, you weren’t sure there was really a house there. Crepe myrtles, hollyhock, lantana (in the one sunny area), nandina,  magnolia, and other assorted bushes, shrubs, and bulbs not readily apparent covered every inch of the corner lot. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I really appreciated why it was Dar (my grandmother–short for Darling Darling. Proof your grandkids will call you whatever they damn well please)…

    banning mermaids

    More reasons for Georgia’s state legislature to meet less often

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    More reasons for Georgia's state legislature to meet less often
    Some of my readers at Gwinnett Forum have asked if I was serious about requiring that the Georgia General Assembly meet only once in every two years. In short, you betcha! Why? Because most Georgians will tell you that nothing is safe when ... Read on →

    efficient and painless

    The Great Transition

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    My home with our new solar array
    "The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil." -- Ahmed Zaki Yamani, former Saudi Arabian Minister of Oil, 2000 My home with our new solar ... Read on →

    trUSt

    Selling out the Public

    by | Mar 18, 2015
    Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver by Simon Bening (public domain via Wikimedia.org)
    Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver (Simon Bening) Once upon a time it took thirty pieces of silver to sell out a man. Now, in the electronic age, when all precious metals have been replaced by paper or electric currencies, millions of ... Read on →

    enlightening

    Beyond Reason

    by | Mar 17, 2015
    Beyond Reason
    Sometimes the universe surprises you. A few months ago, I received an email from independent filmmaker Frank Huguenard. Having read some of my posts on the science of consciousness, Frank wanted to know if I'd consider being interviewed for a film on that ... Read on →

    china 2013

    Another Last Look

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Another Last Look
    In 1972 I had waited two years to receive an invitation to visit China and then four days to get a seat on the train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. The travel time to Guangzhou, via Hong Kong, by commercial airline ... Read on →

    compounding mendacity

    Settlement or Extortion?

    by | Mar 22, 2015
    Image: composite image created for LikeTheDew.com - aerial photo by James Holland Photography; Mr. Moneybags a Monopoly image (fair use).
    The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been ... Read on →

    meet april moore

    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker
    It is reasonable to believe that the state senator in our part of Virginia is being groomed to do for Virginia—or I should say do to Virginia—what Scott Walker has been doing to Wisconsin. This state senator’s name is Mark Obenshain. ... Read on →

    most beautiful words

    Fun With The Dictionary

    by | Mar 16, 2015
    Fun With The Dictionary
    As a young boy doing my homework while staying over with a favorite aunt, I was puzzled by a word and asked her where her dictionary was. She looked at me with befuddlement and finally said she didn’t have one. I ... Read on →

    all the way

    Middle Georgians lament fire at hot dog stand spelled incorrectly

    by | Mar 23, 2015
    Middle Georgians lament fire at hot dog stand spelled incorrectly
    Pardon me for a personal reflection today. Those of us who grew up in Middle Georgia, and in particular in Macon, are saddened today. You see, an institution which succored us from our earliest memories ... Read on →

    china 1979

    A Last Look at China

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    A Last Look at China
    In 1979, I traveled to Beijing for a quick visit and the following year to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin to visit potential sites for a joint venture manufacturing company with Chinese partners. Discussions ... Read on →

    backroads

    A Country Store Carries On

    by | Mar 16, 2015
    A Country Store Carries On
    Cooper's Country Store, The Real Deal It’s been called the best country store in South Carolina. You can buy Virginia cured hams there, and you can buy gas, diesel, propane, shotgun shells, wrenches, and frying ... Read on →

    friends

    Remembering Bubba

    by | Mar 16, 2015
    Remembering Bubba
    Roger C. "Bubba" Banks, 1950-2015 An email from my brother with only a name in the subject box means one thing; someone died. I knew who it was without opening the link. For those of ... Read on →

    china 1972

    Return to Guangzhou

    by | Mar 16, 2015
    Return to Guangzhou
    The 32nd Chinese Export Commodities (Autumn) Fair was held between 15 October and 15 November 1972 and I received an invitation to attend. The political climate was changing in Australia, the USA and China ... Read on →

    only sane course

    The Greater Danger: Precipice or Slippery Slope?

    by | Mar 10, 2015
    Lower Crabtree Falls, Virginia, National Forest Service image
    Lower Crabtree Falls, Virginia I'm a boomer, so I missed the greatest existential crisis of the 20th Century: The Second World War. My Dad, however, was in the thick of it, helping mop up after ... Read on →

    friends

    Lunch With Floyd

    by | Mar 10, 2015
    Lunch With Floyd
    He was not at all like, as Jane Kenyon would say, “a wine glass, weary of holding wine.” During our recent time together, he was at one point on his hands and knees retrieving ... Read on →

    Oblogservations: Life in the Key of Stupid

    by | Mar 9, 2015
    Oblogservations: Life in the Key of Stupid
    Okay, what’s in the headlines today?  Well, let’s see. Jumpin’ Jehosaphats: There is the idiot woman who was asked to leave a McDonalds because she claimed that the kangaroo, (yes, a fuckin’ kangaroo) she had ... Read on →

    china 1972

    Who’s Who in the Zoo?

    by | Mar 9, 2015
    People’s Commune, near Guangzhou: 1972
    With agreement from the Dong Fang Hotel staff, I arranged for a taxi to take me to the Guangzhou Zoo. The PLA driver responsible for my well-being was unsmiling and silent all the way. ... Read on →

    poisoning our wetlands

    An open letter to Georgia Representative Alex Atwood

    by | Mar 7, 2015
    State. Rep Alex Atwood
    State. Rep Alex Atwood Dear Alex Atwood, The problem with the Cons (conservative, contrary, confused, conflicted, concerned, convoluted; take your pick) is that they are negative -- against not just change, but most everything else. So, ... Read on →

    climate destabilization

    Global Warming or Climate Chaos: What’s in a Name?

    by | Mar 6, 2015
    Ice Floes, Kamchatka Coast, Russia (NASA, International Space Station)
    This winter has set record lows in many states, a fact the editor of our conservative local newspaper, and others of his ilk, must be relishing. "There's no global warming," I can imagine him ... Read on →

    sins of the flesh

    God and Being Naked

    by | Mar 6, 2015
    God and Being Naked
    The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition came last week to the usual uproar. The magazine ran reminders for a month reminding anyone who didn’t want nearly nekkid swimsuit girls sent to their home to ... Read on →

    georgia sb 139

    Left Holding the Bag

    by | Mar 6, 2015
    Left Holding the Bag
    A healthy by-product of opening my mouth to criticize others is being forced to assess the risk of having to eat my own words. I’ve learned the hard way to find my weaknesses before ... Read on →

    listen to the words

    Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me

    by | Mar 5, 2015
    Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
    “I was wearing an orange bathrobe. She was leaning over me in a white men’s T-shirt and tiny white panties, shaking me by the shoulder. Her slender body seemed fragile, secure, childlike, with no ... Read on →

    antisocial age

    Nobody Talks Anymore

    by | Mar 4, 2015
    Nobody Talks Anymore
    Call me, please. 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, ... Read on →

    part three

    Noah Langdale was key figure in Georgia State’s latter growth

    by | Mar 3, 2015
    Noah Langdale
    Noah Langdale If George Sparks shepherded Georgia State University in its middle years, the major figure propelling the university into the future was no doubt Noah Langdale. He was president from 1957 until 1988, seeing ... 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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    Separate but equal

    by Ron Feinberg

    Separate but equal

    The University of Georgia spread out before me and everything seemed possible. It was 1967 and the fall quarter was to begin in a few days. I had driven up to Athens from Columbus with a friend, his ’64 Chevy filled with several bags of luggage and an old metal footlocker held together with a tang... Read on →

    Medical College of Georgia introduces 230 future physicians

    by Sonya Collins

    Medical College of Georgia introduces 230 future physicians

    [caption id="attachment_11237" align="alignright" width="300" caption="MCG-UGA student Rutvi Patel slides into her white coat with the help of Ruth-Marie Fincher, M.D., MCG vice dean for academic affairs. Cheryl Dickson, M.D., MCG-UGA associate dean for student & multicultural affairs, removes ... Read on →

    Clark Rockefeller Unmasked

    by Kristie Macrakis

    Clark Rockefeller Unmasked

    When I moved to Boston’s Beacon Hill during my sabbatical year 2007-08, I knew the Cheers jingle “where everyone knows your name,” but I never imagined that by the end of the year, my jingle would be “where everyone knows your name, but it might not be the real one. “ Clark Rockefeller ... Read on →

    Remembering Danburg, Georgia

    by Tom Poland

    Remembering Danburg, Georgia

    Author’s Note: The day after Thanksgiving my mom and I drove to Danburg just over the line in Wilkes County. That afternoon transported us to a time when Danburg was far more than a small place at a country crossroads. It was a place where people prospered. It lives on in isolation with reminders ... Read on →

    Loyalty oaths unacceptable at institutions of higher education

    by Elliott Brack

    Loyalty oaths unacceptable at institutions of higher education

    People object to signing “Loyalty oaths” for many good reasons. Yet some institutions limit themselves by thinking that having employees sign such an oath will benefit that institution, while for the most part, observers see distrust, dissension and discrimination from requiring these signatures... Read on →

    The politics of 1860: Why Christie won't be the Republican nominee

    by Andy Schmookler

    The politics of 1860: Why Christie won't be the Republican nominee

    Will the Republicans nominate Chris Christie for president in 2016?  Not if my reading of historical forces is correct. Christie’s landslide re-election victory in New Jersey should tell Republicans that they have a better chance of winning power with candidates who can reach out beyond the Re... Read on →

    Homeownership is a Trap

    by Monica Smith

    Homeownership is a Trap

    The people who bought more house than they needed for more than it was worth with loans they couldn't pay back, even if the introductory interest rate stayed the same, already know that. What they probably don't know is that it's been a scam since the early nineties when our financial engineers deci... Read on →

    Mr. Goff

    by John M. Williams

    Mr. Goff

    Mr. Goff. Not "Tommy Goff" or "Tommy" or some dorky nickname — Mr. Goff didn't have nicknames. A bandmate once made the mistake of calling him Mr. Goof — nobody ever said that again. No, there was nothing else really conceivable: he was Mr. Goff. He was the best teacher I ever had, and one o... Read on →

    Joe Cocker: From Sheffield To The Mad Dog Ranch

    by Jeff Cochran

    Joe Cocker: From Sheffield To The Mad Dog Ranch

    The surprising thing about Joe Cocker's recent death might be that he made it to 70. The human body can be most resilient. [caption id="attachment_58965" align="alignright" width="397"] Joe Cocker, 1970[/caption] More than half his lifetime ago, the obit for Cocker was likely being held in rea... Read on →

    Camp Bondsteel revisited

    by Monica Smith

    Camp Bondsteel revisited

    Every couple of months, I check the Google to see what's happening at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. My interest in the place, one of the largest U.S. military bases ever built and the obvious prototype for what was being built in Iraq, goes back to 2005 when Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR) was engaged to s... Read on →

    8 to 1 for elephant whistles

    by Piney Woods Pete

    8 to 1 for elephant whistles

    In the end the Supreme Court voted 8-1 to keep Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in place. It may be, as Chief Justice Roberts suggested during oral arguments, an elephant whistle, but it’s been such a fine elephant whistle that most Americans are willing to keep it in place. Section 5 require... Read on →

    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

    by Terri Evans

    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

    And Win Eggland’s Best Prize Pack. All these Dew discussions about congress going to hell for their handling of healthcare reform, and about the devil being in the details of writing such legislation, has made me hungry for solutions and a damn good deviled egg recipe. Dew you have the best and mo... Read on →

    The Anatomy of the Perfect Cheeseburger

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    The Anatomy of the Perfect Cheeseburger

    Now that summer is officially upon us, the neighborhood has been awaft with the smoky, telltale aromas of the great American grill.  It’s just June and I’ve already feasted upon a cornucopia of exquisitely grilled meats and vegetables. When making my weekly grocery list the other day I reali... Read on →

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    by Monica Smith

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    How does that happen? Mostly, it's the result of a mixture of hubris and inadvertence. Humans, stuck on themselves, think they know it all. Others are convinced "all it takes is the idea" (the ExxonMobil slogan) and, as it was in the beginning, man says the word and nature is obedient. Fortunatel... Read on →

    Convenient Food for the Soul

    by Mike Cox

    Convenient Food for the Soul

    There has been a lot of conversation about soul food lately. A school system in Denver is in trouble for trying to honor Dr. Martin Luther King by serving fried chicken and collards. I guess if they had offered watermelon the whole staff would have been shot. The Dew has featured a few tasty stor... Read on →

    Super Bowl Media Milestones

    by Michael Castengera

    Super Bowl Media Milestones

    Super Bowl XLVI marked yet another media milestone. True, it had 111.3 Million viewers, making it the largest audience for any Super Bowl so far. But that’s not it. And, true, the commercials topped the $3.5 Million mark, making them the most expensive spots so far. But that’s not it either. No,... Read on →

    The Big Boys

    by Tom Ferguson

    The Big Boys

    For their book, The Big Boys, Ralph Nader and William Taylor lined up interviews with U.S. corporate CEOs to get a sense of the mid 1980s business world as viewed from that lofty perch. In a way, little has changed since. The basic motivation remains, profit. But the presence of greed has undergone ... Read on →

    Your Tax Dollars At Work…

    by Mary Willis Cantrell

    Your Tax Dollars At Work…

    “All politics is local,” said Tip O’Neill years ago, a concept that can be paraphrased over and over. For example, Economy. Education. Religion. War. Crime. And Hunger. Particularly Hunger. Lots of political leaders have been screaming about last year’s stimulus package, claiming it accom... Read on →

    Stirring Straight from the Heart

    by Terri Evans

    Stirring Straight from the Heart

    Good Grief: Southern Funeral Foods continues with more recipes and stories. “Now several electric fans are whirring in the downstairs room and hallways, and a buffet lunch is being served. The food at a Southern funeral is usually good, but this food is splendid: turkey and country ham and st... Read on →

    Egypt

    by Chris Wohlwend

    Egypt

    Egypt’s corruption rudely presents itself before we officially enter the country at Port Said. The space between the gangplank of our ship and the immigration/customs shed is occupied by about a dozen vendors, tables set with their fake papyrus, guidebooks ("in English"), postcards, tote bags, pse... Read on →



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