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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…
Sights & Sounds
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 […]