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    Joey Ledford

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    Joey Ledford is a veteran journalist, who for more than 20 years was a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also served as a writer and editor for United Press International for eight years.
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      When home isn’t home anymore

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jul 16, 2010
      When home isn’t home anymore

      The great philosopher Mick Jagger sang it best:  “What a drag it is getting old.”

      One of the worst parts of the affliction the Stones’ song recalls is that not only are you putting on years, but the people you begat are getting that way as well.  Or at least they are getting old enough that they don’t need the nest anymore.

      The amazing lightning bugs of Elkmont, Tenn.

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Jun 8, 2009
      The amazing lightning bugs of Elkmont, Tenn.

      ELKMONT, Tenn. — One spectator likened it to Aunt Melba’s Christmas lights. Another described the trek through the darkness to see the show as a Halloween for adults without candy and the annoying trips up steps to knock on doors. “Woo,” said a third. “This is SOOO cool.” This magnificent display of nature is known as Elkmont’s synchronized lightning bugs. Photinus carolinus, one of 14 species of fireflies that inhabit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pick a two-week window each June to do their thing. Accounts differ when people are asked to describe this eerie explosion of fluorescence. From watching individual fireflies among thousands, it appeared to me that they light six consecutive times within about six seconds. Then darkness prevails for a like period before the cycle begins anew. Some felt the glow swept through the woods in a right to left wave. The phenomena appears to be […]

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