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On weekends Brenda Rhodes guides her clients through a 10,000-square-foot warehouse full of tables, beds, sofas, mirrors and more. After picking out exactly what they want, her clients, often families with kids, stand near the loading docks and watch with satisfaction as their newly selected goods get loaded onto waiting trucks for home delivery. While this might sound like an expensive shopping spree, Rhodes is not running some designer space for the well-heeled. Over the past couple of years, she and her Marietta-based non-profit, Simple Needs GA, have helped hundreds of people emerge from homelessness, domestic violence and other desperate situations…
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Visit the banjo jokes page and you’ll find at least 271 zingers aimed squarely at this beloved and much-maligned instrument, which is so closely associated with the South. Typically, the gems on this list exploit the stereotype of the banjo (or “banjer,” depending on your preference) as a jarring, inelegant noise-maker. Here are a couple of examples…
Q: What’s the difference between a banjo and a South American macaw?
A: One is loud, obnoxious and noisy; the other is a bird.
Q: What’s the difference between a banjo and a trampoline?
A: You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline.
Two legends of old-time Appalachian music—the clawhammer-banjo virtuoso Ken Perlman and the masterful fiddler Alan Jabbour—will play tunes from their highly acclaimed “Southern Summits” CD in Huntsville, AL, on Saturday night.
How the Dark Side of Human Nature is Fueling the Healthcare Backlash. Still rattled after being heckled and booed by enraged voters at a town hall meeting this week, Sen. Arlen Specter pointed out to reporters that such a feverish outpouring of fear and rage must be rooted in something deeper than healthcare policy. “It’s the economy,” said the Pennsylvania Democrat, “the facts that millions of people have lost their jobs and millions of others are afraid of losing theirs.” Anxiety about the economy might well be part of the reason healthcare opponents have become so unhinged. Another contributing factor surely is the relentless campaign of lies about healthcare reform spewing forth from disingenuous demagogues like Sean Hannity. But the overreaction to healthcare reform might have a deeper wellspring than even Specter realizes—the very dark side of human nature itself, known in psychological terms as “the shadow.” We all have [...]
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None other than the Harvard Business Review reports that the ability to communicate is the number one trait top executives possess. The ability to communicate trumps ambition, education, sound decisions, and a capacity for hard work. It’s too damn bad the folks on top can’t delegate their talent. Way too many business people cannot write. How well I know. My eyes glaze over at their attempts. Check out most corporations’ mission statements and you’ll need a café latte with an extra shot of espresso. Here’s a snoozer for you: “We strive to globally provide access to multimedia-based intellectual capital and efficiently simplify effective so Read on →
As it says in my by-line, in the several items I've posted previously on "Like the Dew," I recently ran for Congress. But I am not a politician, nor possessed of a personal ambition to hold public office. I ran, rather, because for the past nine years I have had a message that I regard as so urgent that I've been willing to do whatever I can to spread it far and wide in order to persuade my fellow citizens of its truth and importance. I believe that for the past decade or so America has faced a crisis as pr Read on →
My beloved colleagues in Teh Media sure get on my last damn nerve. Most of the time it's just from sloppy work or jumping on whatever bandwagon is rolling by at the time, something along the lines of a pet peeve. Like when my Twitter list of political reporters blows up with some hashtag meme instead of actual reporting. Today it's #Obamacareinthreewords, launched by that icon of credibility, Rep. Darrell Issa. It's the second time around for that one -- Rep. Kevin McCarthy launched it the first time last June. (@WhiteHouse even got in on it, tweeting "It's.The.Law." Republicans responded with "arrogance Read on →
Anything characterized by high energy, originality, humor and intelligence is bound to get my attention. I was at an annual fund-raising party for an alternative art center called Nexus in about 1986. Touring the studios I kept being distracted from the visual art by some very interesting Rock 'n Roll. I wasn't the only one. A large segment of the crowd was gathered around the Swimming Pool Qs in the courtyard. Once in their vicinity I was there for as long as they would play. In any field of endeavor certain efforts stand out and the Qs were (are) definitely one Read on →