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    Forever Young, Forever Scarred

    by | 8 hours ago
    Forever Young, Forever Scarred

    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you.

    Words of advice, if not instruction, for the years and decades ahead, from Bob Dylan in “Forever Young,” a song he wrote in 1973 and recorded twice for the next year’s album, Planet Waves . The first version is slow and reverential, underscoring the serious nature of his father-to-son advise, while the second is uptempo and snappy, bringing enthusiasm to the same words on what awaits in life. Dylan, with energized backing from The Band, makes the directive, “May you grow up to be righteous” sound exhilarating.

    behaving like christians

    Grace Behind the Cotton Curtain

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Image of two young men with palms together licensed by LikeTheDew.com at Fotolia.com - © xixinxing

    When I met Ernest, we courted for five months, and after we married, on February 2, 1974, in Fort Valley, GA. That was 40 years ago.   I wrote my parents in Anniston, AL.  They replied with the hardest letter that I have ever received. They knew I was gay. That was not their problem. Ernest’s being black was the hard part for them. In their letter they wished us all happiness but asked me not to bring Ernest home with me.

    happy birthday to me

    Never Look Back

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Never Look Back

    “Old Age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” –Fred Astaire

    It’s finally happened to me… I’m now the Biblical threescore and ten years old. I went to bed after a great meal, wonderful evening with my ever-loving wife Jody, some funny conversation, a little mystery on the telly and woke up… well, I didn’t feel any different.

    shady spots

    So Long as I Am There, I Am Somewhere: Being Dead in the Appalachian Wilderness

    by | Aug 29, 2014
    So Long as I Am There, I Am Somewhere: Being Dead in the Appalachian Wilderness
    Above my family homestead in the East Tennessee foothills is an old, abandoned cemetery. I admit I've never seen it, but I think about it often. I imagine the worn stone markers neck deep in ... Read on →

    superfriend

    Hollywood’s Effect

    by | Aug 27, 2014
    'Charles Allen Lattimore, Sr.
    Hollywood died last week. No, not that Hollywood, not that Hollywood of a lesser kind--that Hollywood out in La La Land. Rather, it was the real Hollywood, the iconic cherub-cheeked, perpetually smiling man, who cut hair ... Read on →

    music memory

    The Hour Glass

    by | Aug 27, 2014
    The Hour Glass
    The project involved dropping a few yards of crush and run into the holes in our driveway and using rakes, shovels and old peoples’ sweat to spread it smooth. The final step was cranking my ... Read on →

    increasingly cynical prism

    All The Light We Cannot See

    by | Aug 20, 2014
    All The Light We Cannot See
    At this time in my life I am beginning to view so much of what is happening around me through an increasingly cynical prism. As a friend is quick to point out, though, that behind ... Read on →

    travel

    Fly Up, Drive Back: a New York City/Atlanta Driveby

    by | Aug 30, 2014
    Fly Up, Drive Back: a New York City/Atlanta Driveby
    Monday, Day One: newly merged Southwest Air/Air Tran offered the best price, $144 one way Atlanta/New York City. The sore butt that kicked in about halfway, and lingered, suggests one of the reasons - ... Read on →

    complete twaddle

    McCain and Graham’s Salami Strategy

    by | Aug 30, 2014
    Lindsay and John
    That hawkish Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have once again blasted President Barack Obama for an insufficiently bellicose foreign policy barely qualifies as news. Of course they did. That is what they ... Read on →

    fanciful thoughts

    Barefoot In Time

    by | Aug 28, 2014
    Barefoot In Time
    She somewhat resembled the retired but not really old men who can’t wait to don their big blue hats and disappear into the basement for long periods to “work on” their elaborate model train ... Read on →

    de facto heresy

    When Faith and Facts Collide

    by | Aug 25, 2014
    When Faith and Facts Collide
    "... if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming ... You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe than man controls something he can't create." -- Rush ... Read on →

    handmaiden of segregation

    Ferguson and Sea Island, two sides of the same coin

    by | Aug 21, 2014
    Peace Officer - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/14924476621/in/photolist-
    Why do we care what happens in Ferguson, Missouri? Because on some level we recognize that if any one group or community can be officially deprived of their human and civil rights without restraint, ... Read on →

    winston churchill

    Learning about extent of World War II battlegrounds

    by | Aug 18, 2014
    Learning about extent of World War II battlegrounds
    For today, a different perspective, learning from history. Reading Winston Churchill's massive six-book history of World War II gives new insights into that war, at least for me. For instance, it appears that my main ... Read on →

    visitors

    Cucumbers And Calipers

    by | Aug 18, 2014
    The Ancient of Days by William Blake - from Whitworth Art Gallery The University of Manchester UK The Bridgeman Art Library via Wikimedia.org (public domain)
    In his poem The Cabbages of Chekhov, Robert Bly had me again when he wrote that, “William Blake knew that fierce old man, irritable, chained, and majestic, who bends over to measure with his calipers the ruins ... Read on →

    long in the tooth

    Do Unto Others, Before They…?

    by | Aug 17, 2014
    Do Unto Others, Before They...?
    "Blah, blah, blah..., sir." All I really hear is the "sir." It's the cashier at the sparkling new CVS who first catches my ear. "'Course, she's wearing glasses.  Maybe the lenses are fogged over and ... Read on →

    not a spectator sport

    True Blue Georgia

    by | Aug 17, 2014
    True Blue Georgia
    That's how the attendees at the Glynn County Democrats' Annual Dinner want everyone to think about our state. Georgia is a democratic state. Republican rule is just a blip, the result of Democrats being ... Read on →

    henry aaron

    One Circumstance Of Dignity

    by | Aug 16, 2014
    One Circumstance Of Dignity
    Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed Dignity never been photographed Or so Bob Dylan says in "Dignity," a song he wrote in 1988 after learning of the death of basketball great Pete Maravich. ... Read on →

    the southern life

    The Mule Trader’s Woman

    by | Aug 16, 2014
    The Mule Trader's Woman
    My husband is from Western North Carolina. That part of the state is kind of like one of those remote places along the Amazon where the natives live in isolation from the modern world ... Read on →

    august 13th

    Happy Left-hander’s Day

    by | Aug 12, 2014
    Happy Left-hander's Day
    August 13th is National Left-handers’ Day. I will celebrate quietly. I’m not sure about my sister; she is also a southpaw. That means our parents created two left-handed children, well above the national average ... Read on →

    make love stay

    Flight Of Fancy

    by | Aug 12, 2014
    Love Padlocks by Nathan Meijer
    I read recently that the woman was so hateful that you could light a cigarette from her glare. There was just some deep hurt or plain orneriness about her that made her a Fukushima ... Read on →

    better angels of both parties

    Watergate: American Democracy’s Finest Hour

    by | Aug 9, 2014
    President Richard Nixon speaks before awarding the Apollo 13 astronauts the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here." -- Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert When was NASA's finest hour? Most would say, "The Apollo moon landing." As a bit of an insider, I have a different take. ... Read on →

    remembering

    Her Grandpa’s Apple

    by | Aug 7, 2014
    Her Grandpa's Apple
    The apple was no ordinary apple. It was a Red Delicious and it had been cut in two and shared with her some fifty years ago. The man who cut it was her grandpa ... Read on →

    looking for light

    Either Way Something of Meaning

    by | Aug 6, 2014
    big bang
    When retrospective gaze spies sense in hitherto presumed nonsense of blind alley Do we not at times, looking back on periods in our life when we felt lost and confused, recognize sense emerging from nonsense, meaning emerging ... Read on →

    unfit to eat or drink

    Aquifer Recharge on the Southeast Coast?

    by | Aug 6, 2014
    Aquifer Recharge on the Southeast Coast?
    Too little too late? Georgia is one of those states where there is much bruiting about "local control" and how the people who live there know better what's good for them. This editorial from ... Read on →

    in the name of balance

    The Abdication of the Press

    by | Aug 5, 2014
    The Tyrant's Foe and the People's Friend
    I have claimed that America now faces one of the most profound crises in its history, but unlike with the other major crises, this time our national conversation has not focused on discussing what’s ... Read on →

    endings

    More Than A Month Of Sundays

    by | Aug 4, 2014
    Church steeple on a truck
    “I just opened up the Sunday morning paper to the Religion page and was stunned that my little county, including the county seat, had eighty-four different Baptist churches! Why so many and what kind ... Read on →

    united we stand

    Occupy the Tea Party

    by | Aug 3, 2014
    Occupy the Tea Party
    At first blush, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street appear as bookends: opposing grass-roots movements on the political right and left, respectively. At second blush, the Tea Party seems the more successful. In ... Read on →
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    ‘Hereafter’ movie review

    ‘Hereafter’ movie review

    Clint Eastwood's new movie ponders death, you may too, for other other reasons, after sitting through it... Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" is really three small stories in one. Matt Damon is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. Cecile de France plays a French jour...

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    Fake doctors, fake bankers and home-grown terrorists, oh my!

    Fake doctors, fake bankers and home-grown terrorists, oh my!

    Our Federal Bureau of Investigations has had a busy week, according to the summary press release for the week of September 16, 2011. Of course, most of these are not current violent crimes that are being addressed, so probably don't account for the fact that there's been a significant drop in tha...

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    A (virtual) feast from James Noel Smith

     A (virtual) feast from James Noel Smith

    Back in the days of the old Nashville Network on cable TV, I was backstage at Ralph Emery's "Nashville Now" show when an unexpected treat arrived: a planeload of shrimp. It had been sent up by the owner of the Flora-Bama Lounge, a classic Gulf Coast beer joint on the Florida-Alabama line. It woul...

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    How Christmas Is Being Undermined by Those Who Claim to Protect It

    How Christmas Is Being Undermined by Those Who Claim to Protect It

    I don’t watch Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show very often, but I know one of his pet themes is the War on Christmas. He finds some story about a councilman in the City of East Whatever (pop. 23,000) who doesn’t want the town putting decorations on the city’s street lamps and uses it to prove that ...

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    How about that for a safety tip?

    How about that for a safety tip?

    As of this month, seven women, two innocent men, and one boy have been murdered this year in the small city of Athens, Georgia. All of them have been “domestic violence” killings. You know — the kind of killing that almost always involves a man beating or bludgeoning or shooting or stabbing or...

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    From the rat race to the horse race

    From the rat race to the horse race

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They had the rat race here last weekend, then followed that bit of silliness with the impressive “Thunder Over Louisville,” a gigantic nighttime fireworks show that lit up the Ohio River for miles in each direction. This can mean only one thing, the runup to the 135th Kentuck...

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    Please, can you just give us a straightforward weather forecast?

    Please, can you just give us a straightforward weather forecast?

    [caption id="attachment_7922" align="alignright" width="242" caption="Can anyone else see the humor in the weather map or am I seriously in need of counselling?"][/caption] Mark Johnson covered it brilliantly in his most recent post and I touched on it a while back, and this recent spell of really ...

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    The Quartet

    The Quartet

    My friend Dallas and his wife Liz have been entertaining a select bunch of us these past few weeks with tales of their trip through the Southwest. Today they were in Moab, Utah, where he saw this bit of advice on the back of a serape: “There are two ways to get rich...you can make more or you can ...

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    Not 'stuck on stupid'

    Not 'stuck on stupid'

    Blunt, colorful and competent, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré charmed America when he helicoptered into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and hit the ground cussing. Honoré, described as "a John Wayne dude" by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, got the stalled rescue and recovery effort moving in a hurry, ...

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    Free The Lobster!

    Free The Lobster!

    This whole thing started when my Aunt Margaret killed that chicken. Let me quickly establish that I am a happy carnivore. I’ve eaten everything including roasted musk ox. (Don’t. Just don’t. Promise me.) I am well aware that meat comes from animals, and I am more than a little familiar with...

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    What's the tipping point?

    What's the tipping point?

    Last week I canceled a trip to be with our grandchildren for Thanksgiving. The tipping point that forced the decision was a combination of unexpected medical co-pays on top of some un-budgeted car repair. While heartbreaking, it was not particularly serious and we expect to visit in a couple of week...

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    Carpetbagger

    Carpetbagger

    My father was what you might call a carpetbagger. Born in the frozen tundra of upstate New York he was selling ads for a newspaper in Oswego when he caught a train south.   Saying the only things to do in Oswego were drink whisky, freeze to death and figure out how to get out of Oswego, he took...

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    Edward Hirsch: "You Have to Write The Poems That Only You Could Write"

    Edward Hirsch:

    I met Edward Hirsch a few years ago at the Indiana Writers Conference. He was a genial and generous workshop leader, blending a deep knowledge of poetry and its craft with easygoing humor. Along with his love of poetry, he's an avid sports fan: his poem "Fast Break" in the collection "Wild Gratitude...

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    Sea Island: "Cesspool in the Dunes"

    Sea Island:

    Instead of naming their new subdivisions the Dune Cottages, the Ocean Forest Cottages and the Riverside Cottages and then running their Dune Avenue down the Sea Island Spit, where the Loggerhead Turtles nest and 144 species of birds come to rest, making reference to the sea of effluent on which th...

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    Look! Up In The Air!

    Look! Up In The Air!

    I saw the International Space Station go over my house the other night. I waved. Of course, it’s highly unlikely any of the astronauts saw me, seeing as the orbit of the space station is not exactly tree-top level. No matter. It’s the thought that counts. Glenn Burns was right: he said I w...

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    Saying 'au revoir to the ritual'

    Saying 'au revoir to the ritual'

    A poem is an experience like any other, and we can learn as much or more about, say, an apple from a poem about an apple as from the apple itself. Since I was a boy, I’ve been picking up things, but I’ve never found a turtle shell until I found one in this poem by Jeff Worley, who lives in Kentu...

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    A Life Lesson from My Daughter

    A Life Lesson from My Daughter

    My 16-year-old daughter and I were on a 2-week Kerouac odyssey to D.C. for the 4th of July fireworks, her first visit to NYC, and then on up the east coast to northern Maine, a border crossing into Canada, another first for her, and back to Georgia. She was sharing a list of some of the colleges ...

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    The Sands of Time

    The Sands of Time

    There is something about the Gulf Coast beaches that calls you back. The sand there doesn’t just get into your shoes, hair and any other crevice on your body it gets into your soul. Southerners are mourning the damage done do our Gulf beaches. It seems to go deeper than sorrow for the loss of h...

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    The Word from Athens

    The Word from Athens

    The marquee of the famed Georgia Theatre in Athens usually features the names of well-known bands or bands you never heard of but probably will hear of in the future. The theatre has hosted such famed bands as REM, Widespread Panic, U2 and others who got their start in Georgia's music city. A ...

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    Obey The Last Order!

    Obey The Last Order!

    My father Frederick Naylor joined the British Army in 1915. So keen to fight for his country, he lied about his age, adding two years to his 17. An apprenticed fitter, he was sent to France to be a mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps, maintaining the airplanes, an innovation in a war still using hors...

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