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    Selling Cosmetics Door To Door

    by | Nov 24, 2014
    Image: from DustyDiggerLise Etsy shop (promotional image) https://www.etsy.com/listing/109994932/1970s-perfume-ad-futuristic-space-age?ref=market Magazine ad for Koscot's 'Oil of Mink" fragrances from Koscot Interplanetary, Inc. circa 1972 (Etsy)

    In the summer of 1968 a man walked into Dad’s saw shop gushing about a guy making beaucoups of money. College was out for the summer and I needed a job. The next thing I know, Dad and I were sitting in Augusta’s Bell Auditorium waiting for pitchman, Glenn Turner, whose company, Koscot Cosmetics, needed door-to-door salesmen, the gullible preferred.

    From the back of the auditorium a chant took rise … “Money!” “Money!” “Money!” “Money!” “Money!” “Money!” and then men cut cartwheels down the aisles all the way to the stage.

     

     

    sugar creek plantation

    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair

    by | Nov 18, 2014
    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair

    Back in 1937 when Gene Talmadge was finishing his second two-year term as governor of Georgia, he took a big step. For Miss Mitt (his wife), he built a new home on U.S. Highway 341, between McRae and Lumber City, in his home county of Telfair. In today’s world, this residence looks much like a Southern 5-4-and-a-door, with two-story white columns, red brick, and set about 100 yards back from the highway in a grove of pine trees. But it wasn’t built in today’s world, but constructed 77 years ago when most people in Telfair County probably didn’t have running water…

     

     

    modern day samaritans

    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?

    The light ahead was red, and no one was close behind, so I slowed to let the man who just darted across two lanes of traffic finish his dangerous dash to the wide concrete median strip on my left. It was a blustery day, with northwest winds biting harshly under the dense, dark clouds of a late fall cold front pouring into Georgia. All of which made this man’s shorts, light windbreaker, ball cap, and open-heeled clogs seem woefully inadequate for the day upon us.

     

     

    mix it up

    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking

    by | Nov 11, 2014
    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking

    You spend a lifetime in your body, so why not enjoy it? Now, some consider their body simply as a vehicle to transport their head from point A to point B. Others are quite focused on and interested in engaging and using their body. Obviously, some activities, like sex, are very body-centric. That said, a happy body means a better sex life – and vice versa.

    Beyond sex exists the practical matter of relying on our body to get around and help manage our life. After sleeping, sitting, and standing, walking represents the next level of activity for the body.

     

     

    vested interests

    Government by Developer

    by | Nov 3, 2014
    Government by Developer

    In Glynn County, Georgia, I recently discovered, the county planning staff has been passing off amendments to the master plan, drawn up by developers, as their own. At least, we still have an elected County Commission involved. In East Texas, it turns out, developers set up new taxing districts that then sell bonds to finance their projects by holding elections in which a single vote is cast by someone who’s been moved onto the land just to satisfy a legal requirement. The Dallas Morning News has been covering the scam. No wonder voting has become a big issue in Texas.

     

     

    finley, dylan and the beatles

    The Beatles: Workin’ On Mr. Finley’s Farm

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    Charles Finley and Charlie O. Mule

    John Lennon and Charlie Finley arguing over money and how many songs the Beatles would play at a concert Finley was promoting? It was a moment worthy of what the great satirist, Edward Sorel, might have dreamed up for one of his great Atlantic Monthly illustrations. As John Lennon often said, “You had to be there.”

     

     

    good company

    Frankly But Faintly Malicious

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Frankly But Faintly Malicious

    Mary Alice told her joke by asking, “What is black and yellow and goes zub, zub, zub?” Of course, the answer is a bee going in reverse. Thus we rode this joke off into another round of high-energy talking, joking, and drinking some less than satin wine. If I were to compare her to some famous author, perhaps the Nobel-prize winning Doris Lessing would come to mind. She’s funny, yet serious at the same time.

     

     

    shop elsewhere

    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    One wryly fascinating aspect of achieving “seniority” is that my senses have become more adept at finding free entertainment.  Locating alternative sources of amusement  has become almost a necessity these days.  Daytime television remains abominable, cable TV is objectionally priced (probably by those same pirates who sell inkjet print cartridges) and the ransom one has to give up for seats to  professional sporting events is unconscionable. Also, our local news daily, though not unreasonably priced is but a shell of its former self. It is no longer a joy to read.

     

     

    insults to nature

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    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.

    Fortunately, the age of electronics has made it possible to virtually eliminate inadvertence. We can look ahead and simulate what will happen, if we repeat the mistakes of the past. That’s what James Holland is doing…

     

     

    ritual

    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost

    by | Oct 15, 2014
    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost

    I read the obituaries. But I no longer read a printed newspaper every day and the obits just are not the same in on line versions of newspapers. So I am forced to catch up on weekends when my satisfyingly fat Sunday papers arrive. I do not turn to the obituaries first due to a compulsive need to read the paper in proper order. When I finally get there I read them all, savoring the details, cringing at those my own age, and grieving the brief, one sentence send offs.

     

     

    stretch

    One Human Instinct – Always in Our Service

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    One Human Instinct - Always in Our Service

    Some are born lucky. Others are born rich or marry into money. Still others create endless streams of opportunity. And perhaps when we can’t answer yes to the aforementioned, we can easily feel entitled.

    But in other ways, the playing field remains level. Certain attributes of the human condition we have control over, starting with the meaning we assign to the events of our life. And yes, positive events lead us to assign more pleasant meanings.

     

     

    dreams

    A Hard Day’s Night

    by | Oct 12, 2014
    Dreams Don't Turn to Dust by Alex Timlinson aka: hootalex from Devianart.com.

    The tiny old man wheezed and warned me to leave him alone since he was just looking for a wall to lean against. He was an examination of human frailty, revealed in blurred and jagged fragments. He told me to beware of joy. Thus ended another of my dreams that left me a bit shaken and in need of understanding. In some of my dreams, such as this one, everything is frequently miniaturized and even immaterial …

     

     

    150 years later

    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags

    by | Oct 6, 2014
    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags

    The Confederate flags are now gone from around the incumbent marble Robert E. Lee, at eternal rest with his riding boots on in the innermost sanctuary of Lee Chapel in Lexington, Va. That is as it should be, for many reasons. One is historical. Our campus was a sanctuary of recovery from the Civil War, where “the sun falls through the ruined boughs of locusts/ Up to the president’s office.” That president was Lee, “in a dark civilian suit who walks,/ An outlaw fumbling for the latch, a voice/ Commanding in a dream where no flag flies.”

     

     

    Golden Isles

    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads

    by | Oct 4, 2014
    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads

    Let it not be said that our far Northwest state, Alaska, has a monopoly on Nowhere. While their “Bridge to Nowhere” garnered much national attention on the political and comedy circuit, here in Southeast Georgia, we’ve got a whole lot of nowhere. Not only have we got the state Department of Transportation doing a major expansion of a road to nowhere from two lanes to four, we’ve got a peninsula on our island (bet you didn’t know that it was possible to have a peninsula on an insula), sporting more than fifteen mapped roads that aren’t to be found on the ground.

     

     

    get up

    Stretch, move, walk around … instead of sitting at work all day

    by | Oct 2, 2014
    Stretch, move, walk around ... instead of sitting at work all day

    The realities and consequences of our sitting all day become obvious… yet overlooked… except to our bodies. Actually, our bodies emerge as the brave soldiers here, now doing what they were never designed to do: SIT. Hour after day after week… too bad our IRA’s are not accumulating assets like this. Sitting is sometimes compared to smoking. Is that legit? Well, yes and no. Yes, from the standpoint that the ultimate cost of sitting…

     

     

    the muse be with you

    The Schoolboy Presses On

    by | Oct 1, 2014
    The Art of Poetry with Robert Pinsky - edX

    Like the proverbial schoolboy with his nose pressed up against the glass of the candy display, I can’t seem to get enough of the various on-line and free classes offered over the edX educational program conceived of by a couple of Harvard professors just a few years ago. This fall I’ve perhaps bitten off more than a full plate by registering for six different classes. They range from the Greek epics to Chinese history to current events in the Middle East…

     

     

    from a to z

    Original Google

    by | Sep 27, 2014
    Original Google

    As a boy I read the Weekly Reader, Outdoor Life, Superman comic books, and the Hardy Boys Adventures. Books were not overly abundant and I read whatever I could. Back then the only library in the world was my elementary school’s one-room collection of books organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Remember it? The 200s covered Religion, the 600s Technology, and the 800s covered Literature. We had to memorize all ten classes, and walk on command to a given class where it sat on the shelves. Today we click a mouse and voila! We are transported to anything we want to know.

     

     

    follow your bliss

    Trying To Do The Impossible

    by | Sep 25, 2014
    Trying To Do The Impossible

    “All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”-- William Faulkner

    It’s been quite a spate of birthdays for famous writers this latter part of September, the beginning of autumn when we slowly let go of whatever is left of our ties with summer. The daily Writer’s Almanac column always provides for interesting bits and pieces of the lives of writers, but this week seems to have been special.

     

     

    eavesdropping

    “You’d a thought they were pricing meat…”

    by | Sep 20, 2014
    Man looking at pill bottle in pharmacy

    Mankind has made remarkable progress in every arena of human endeavor except possibly getting Congress to do anything, getting women as hosts on late night tv and getting speedy service from the local pharmacy. Even in this Twenty-First Century, the time it takes to get a fill or refill of a script can take “from here to eternity.”

    Recently, I trudged up to  the neighborhood apothecary for a prescription re-up. It’s toward the end of the work day, the place is crowded and I’m at the end of a long line of folks waiting to be served. None of the folks waiting appears to be in a festive mood.

     

     

    come the election

    It’s About the Climate, Stupid

    by | Sep 17, 2014
    The lobster boat “Henry David T” action at the Brayton Point Power Plant

    Readers of my articles on LikeTheDew will know that I’m not an advocate of defying the law, but I’m about to encourage this where necessary. Often focused on the joys of my grandchildren, this time I’m focused on yours too. I’m talking about Climate Change and our need to DO something about it.

    I was heartened to read about two activists who set an example in May 2013, protesting about the burning of coal in an attention-seeking move…

     

     

    spill your guts

    The Nut Magnet

    by | Sep 16, 2014
    The Nut Magnet

    I have a built in magnet. It works to attract people that I otherwise might not meet. My magnet can be depended upon to pull near to me the craziest, neediest, saddest, and loneliest people in proximity. Tales of woe, distress, illness, sabotage, conspiracy, and government plots all have been the subject of unprovoked sharing. Likewise I hear about triumph over adversity, evil corporations, and politicians. They approach in grocery aisles, department stores, ladies rooms, parking lots, and today in a crosswalk. What is it about me that says “Spill your guts, I can take it?”

     

     

    dreaming

    Holdin’ Your Mouth Right

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Holdin' Your Mouth Right

    If you ask me what makes the world spin around, I’ll tell you it ain’t love or money or even oil from the Middle East. I swear to God, it’s irony — sheer good old-fashioned, unadulterated irony. Sometimes I get the impression the thing has jumped on my back, attached itself like a leech and hung on like the hot Georgia sun in the Dog Days of summer. Irony seems to stalk me wherever I go. Of course, I’m getting a little ahead of myself… Man, I wish I could take credit for that look on her face! I’d like to say it was because of something I’d said that was righteously clever. I can’t though. But, I swear, the look on her was all quirky and bizarre and priceless at the same time…

     

     

    the mighty chestnut

    Look Homeward, Angel

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Look Homeward, Angel

    The mass killers came as stowaways aboard ships about the time the Kitty Hawk first took to flight along a North Carolina beach. Although these assassins were merciless, they probably did not even know themselves the great destruction they were to bring.

    Thus began the near complete killing of all the American Chestnuts in this country. The pathogens that had probably slipped into the country on infected nursery stock consumed relatively little time in destroying the forests of American Chestnuts ranging from Maine to the southern Appalachians. It took fewer than forty years.

     

     

    sea pines, ga

    Stasis in the Dynamic Dunes

    by | Sep 11, 2014
    Aerial photo of Sea Island dunes by James Holland, our Altamaha Riverkeeper

    What’s a dynamic dune? It’s a reference that was changed to just “dunes” in the law, perhaps because it left too many people confused. Or perhaps the idea that dunes change and move was upsetting to people who want their environment to stay the same.

    In any event, it’s hard to deny that the purveyors of entertainment on Sea Island, Georgia, are bound and determined to “fix” their venue, even though it means breaking the law to do so. Pictures don’t lie.

     

     

    perception v. reality 1

    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color

    by | Sep 9, 2014
    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color

    I came across this blog written by Gina Crosley-Corcaran titled “Explaining White privilege to a Broke White People.” Well, after hearing a few African Americans who have succeeded say that racism and “white privilege” does exist and did not block their ability to achieve, I thought I would review Peggy McIntosh’s “White privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and share a few thoughts and questions about “white privilege.” These are paraphrased from what was asked by Gina Crosley-Carcaran in her article.

     

     

    locking in love

    The Crushing Weight Of Love

    by | Sep 4, 2014
    The Crushing Weight Of Love

    About five years ago a lovely phenomenon took hold in Europe. Couples wrote, etched, painted, and scratched their names onto padlocks and latched them to fences and railings on bridges. They hurled the keys into the river, canal, what have you. “Nothing can break our love.” In particular, the Pont des Arts footbridge over the Seine in Paris gained renown for this ritual. Only an intrepid scuba diver or bolt-cutting interloper could destroy their love, and that would take some doing. Just imagine all the keys resting on the bottom.

     

     

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    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    By: Jimmy Booth

    The Southern Appalachian oral art of storytelling has been a feature of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., over the years. This year, storytelling will have an even more significant presence at the festival with the National Storytelling Network (NSN) awarding the 2015 Bear Festival the designation as this year's Southeast Regional Spotlight Event for Storytelling. With the designation, the NSN has approved a grant of $1,000 to the Atlanta-headquartered Southern Order of Storytellers to use to strengthen its participation on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, at this year's 19th Annual Bear Festival. Debbie Weston From,  Read on →

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

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

    By: Elliott Brack

    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 it grow from two buildings with $1.9 million budget and 5,200 students, and offering one degree, to 22,000 students and 20 buildings, a budget of $118 million and with 50 degrees in more than 200 fields. Today GSU could soon have more than 50,000 students, as Georgia Perimeter College is to merge with GSU. Langdale was a football lineman at Alabama, and later a “burly orator” and erudite man  Read on →