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    the things I do for love

    Stranded in Philadelphia

    by | Feb 29, 2016
    Stranded in Philadelphia

    On the way home to Virginia from a week house-hunting in Ireland, the ice storm and I collided on the east coast. After seven hours waiting for my connecting flight in Philadelphia to Charlottesville, it was cancelled and I was switched to a flight two days hence to finish my journey. My luggage was god knows where and I was obliged to wear the same clothes for three days.

    I was stranded in Philadelphia, a city no doubt full of interesting places to visit, but …

     

     

    the greed system

    The Death of Scalia as Biblical Morality Tale from a 1950s Movie

    by | Feb 29, 2016
    The Death of Scalia as Biblical Morality Tale from a 1950s Movie

    When I was a kid, growing up in the 1950s, I loved the religious spectaculars one could see at the movie theaters – films like The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur. I’ve never found it easy to believe that there is a God who intervenes in human affairs to punish the wicked and reward the good. But I loved entering that world in these enthralling works of the imagination.

    I loved watching how God sent Moses to Egypt to tell Pharaoh to let his enslaved people go…

     

     

    keeping us poor

    When a picture leaves you seeing red

    by | Feb 27, 2016
    Distressed Communities Index (DCI) map published Thursday in a report by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

    Most of you know the feeling. You could lose a few pounds and you wish your clothes fit better, but you feel pretty good – still young, still vibrant. And then you see a recent photo.

    It’s like that. For a native son and life-long southerner (excepting two years in Cleveland, OH), the Distressed Communities Index (DCI) map published Thursday in a report by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is profoundly troubling.

    Dark reds are the most economically distressed communities; dark green are most prosperous. The ranking scale and methodology are explained on the EIG website, where you can also find the full report.

     

     

    sustainable coast

    Government agencies and advisory groups need to “do” their diligence

    by | Feb 27, 2016
    Georgia coast marsh shore

    Despite obvious reasons for shifting away from fossil fuels, Georgia’s coast is under assault from three major fossil-fuel related proposals, which if built would severely jeopardize private property, coastal quality of life, and environmental features that are vital to our economy.

    The Palmetto petroleum pipeline, offshore drilling, and the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are woefully unjustified and risky ventures, yet they remain on the table as if serving the public rather than threatening us…

     

     

    side effects of life

    Forewarned is forearmed, sort of

    by | Feb 27, 2016
    Image: *Common side affects from actual warnings: headache; back, muscle, bone or joint pain; severe or continuing heartburn; diarrhea or constipation; flatulence; nausea; abdominal pain and bloating; painful swallowing; chest pain; pain in the arms or legs; blurred vision and an erection lasting more than 4 hours; swelling or tenderness of the breast; a specific birth defect; high blood pressure; an unsafe drop in blood pressure; shortness of breath; a slow heartbeat; weight gain; fatigue; hypotension; dizziness; faintness; decreased appetite; sleepiness; sexual side effects; nervousness; tremor; yawning; sweating; weakness; insomnia; fewer tears or have dry eyes; unexplained weakness; rare cases of tuberculosis; serious infections; a higher rate of lymphoma; vaginal bleeding; painful menstruation; leg cramps; breast pain; vaginitis and itching; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; a personality disorder; numbness; a bad rash or hives; problems urinating; long-term loss of potency; stroke; interaction with other medicines or certain foods; seizures; blood clots; a speech disorder; increased salivation; amnesia; paresthesia; intestinal bleeding; colitis; confusion; decreased levels of sodium in the blood; fluid in the lungs; hair loss; hallucinations; increased levels of potassium in the blood; low blood cell counts; palpitations; pancreatitis; ringing in the ears; tingling sensation; unusual headache with stiff neck (aseptic meningitis); vertigo; worsening of epilepsy; serious kidney problems; acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure; severe liver problems including hepatitis, jaundice and liver failure; coughing up blood; cough that doesn't go away; blue-grey color or darkening around mouth or nails; slow or difficult speech; loss of ability to concentrate; hallucinating; extreme tiredness; seizures; numbness, heaviness, or tingling in arms or legs; floppiness or loss of muscle tone; lack of energy; excessive sweating; fever, sore throat and chills; bloody (or black) vomit or stools; worsening depression; sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior including feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep; dependency; unpleasant taste; thoughts of suicide and death. Created for LikeTheDew.com. http://likethedew.com/2015/07/02/some-of-my-favs/#.Vs8nFhj9zu4

    Have you noticed the long string of warnings in TV commercials for prescription drugs?

    How could you miss it? It’s downright scary. Takes up half of the evening news. The drug companies know their audience, don’t they? Only geezers watch TV news. News has not yet become relevant to the young. (But just wait, young people!)

    I’m afraid to go see a doctor anymore. I might wind up with one of those prescriptions. Their side effects sound riskier than the ailment.

     

     

    reverse robin hood

    Georgia doesn’t need casino gambling within its borders

    by | Feb 27, 2016
    Losing money on slots by Bjørn Giesenbauer

    The casino gambling industry is playing hardball, in a sneaky, unethical and vile manner, as it seeks to compel the Georgia legislature to allow this industry in Georgia.

    We don’t want the gambling industry in Georgia. To begin with, just look at tactics. The industry is preying on Georgia’s children to get this sinister racket to become legal in our state. Here’s how…

     

     

    freedom to discriminate

    Georgia GOP trying to legalize bigotry, again

    by | Feb 25, 2016
    GOP Elephant Using Georgia Capital Gold Dome as a Toliet

    A Facebook message: “Alex, I think you’re a really great person doing wonderful things for the world but you need to stop promoting homosexuality on your Facebook page or people will get ideas about you. I’m sure you’re a good Christian woman so your writing should reflect those values.”

    Gadzooks! “…get ideas”? What – that I’m (gasp) a closeted lesbian? A lapsed Christian? Or that I have actually studied the Bible and believe, above all, in acceptance and equality…

     

     

    vote early

    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    by | Feb 24, 2016
    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    Have you made up your mind which presidential candidate you’ll be voting for? If you haven’t, the presidential preference primary is just one week off, on March 1. So think speedily. You must decide soon!

    At least what seemed like innumerable Republican candidates has been thinned seriously, with former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, exiting last week…

     

     

    racism, militarism, greed

    America’s Alternate Political Universes

    by | Feb 22, 2016
    America's Alternate Political Universes

    The Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary, and South Carolina GOP Primary are now in the rear-view mirror. Jeb Bush has bailed from the presidential race. It’s time to pause and take political stock.

    Of the four leading candidates — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz from the GOP, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders from the Dems — three are anti-establishment.

    Only Clinton is an establishment candidate. The others surf a giant wave of voter anger that rises from a sense of betrayal.

     

     

    yum

    The Whole Enchilada?

    by | Feb 22, 2016
    The Whole Enchilada?

    I know two nice guys from San Antonio and Nashville who recently wrote a cookbook on enchiladas. Cappy Lawton and his family have founded many restaurants in Texas, and presently own three in San Antonio; including La Fonda on Main which features many of the dishes from the cookbook. Chris Waters Dunn loves country music, but is presently more interested in honing his culinary skills.

     

     

    georgia's jewel

    Clearing the Air Over Jekyll Island

    by | Feb 22, 2016
    Clearing the Air Over Jekyll Island

    The Myth. Of all the traditions associated with Georgia’s tradition-rich Jekyll Island, none is more durable than its being at the eye of controversy, the latest stoked by the Jekyll Island Authority’s ongoing redevelopment program. The complaints, simmering in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Internet web sites and elsewhere, feature invocations of M. E. Thompson, who, as acting governor, acquired the island for the state. The knock is that the Jekyll Island Authority’s management of the island is a betrayal of Thompson’s populist vision of Jekyll Island as “a state park for the plain people of Georgia.”

     

     

    channeling bernie

    If I Were Bernie, Here’s the Speech I’d Give Now

    by | Feb 22, 2016
    If I Were Bernie, Here's the Speech I'd Give Now

    Democratic voters have a choice between two candidates. Which candidate is the better choice depends on what you think is possible for us to achieve.

    If you think we are stuck with the power system we have — in which moneyed interests take over the American democracy and get to call more and more of the shots, and where politicians can be rewarded rather than punished for betraying the American people — Secretary Clinton is an admirable choice…

     

     

    the best medicine

    Allergy Angst

    by | Feb 22, 2016
    Allergy Angst

    I can’t keep up with the new medications because their names all sound alike. I woke up this morning with a runny nose and phoned my doctor – Dr. Bram – to call in a prescription for me. I thought I had an allergy.

    “Runny nose? Does it run clear—or nasty looking?”

    “Uh…Clear.” I had a sore throat, too, but didn’t mention it. He’d want me to go by his office so he could charge me.

    “Okay, but you don’t need a prescription. Just buy some Allegra: a-l-l-e-g-r-a. It’s OTC.”

     

     

    sho’ ‘nuff yummy

    A Biscuit Delayed Is A Biscuit Denied

    by | Feb 21, 2016
    A Biscuit Delayed Is A Biscuit Denied

    There is an old story about the ten-year old Alabama boy, Junior, who had never spoken a word in his life. Then, one morning at the breakfast table, the lad suddenly blurted out, greatly annoyed, “Mama, you’ve burned these here biscuits!”

    His mother and the rest of the family were dumbstruck. After she regained her composure, the mother said, “Praise the lord, Junior – those were the first words you’ve ever spoken; you’ve never said anything before.”

    Junior frowned at her and said, “Well, Mama, up ’til now, everything’s been all right!”

     

     

    times were a’changin’

    Come On in, We’re Glad You’re Here

    by | Feb 19, 2016
    Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the first black students to enroll at the University of Georgia, are pictured here at the end of their first day on campus in January 11, 1961.

    In a recent writing class, we discussed the power that invoking the senses has to aid in memory recall. The instructor said the sense of smell gives our memory the biggest jolt and asked us to share some vivid smells from our past. Folks brought in Jergen’s Lotion, Old Spice aftershave, rosewater cologne, cinnamon buns and coffee. And then someone mentioned tear gas and Boom! I was immediately jerked back to January 1961 when I was a second quarter freshman at the University of Georgia, living in South Myers dormitory with my best friend from high school…

     

     

    satire right out of history

    Founding Fathers Appalled at Federal Government

    by | Feb 19, 2016
    Our founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton, John Marshall, Patrick Henry, George Mason and James Madison

    Several of the founding fathers of the United States today expressed shock and disappointment with the federal government after they were transported from the past to Washington, DC through what scientists are calling an unprecedented “time warp.”

    “Alack, this is not what we intended, not in the least,” said Thomas Jefferson, after he, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams visited Congress and the White House. “How in the name of the Almighty did all this transpire?” Washington asked.

     

     

    supreme nomination

    To the Republicans: We Won’t Stand for Your Stealing What We Won Fair and Square

    by | Feb 19, 2016
    Constitutional Flexibilty

    In 2012, Americans engaged in the constitutional process for deciding who would get the powers of the presidency.

    In that election, millions of us Americans won an important right: to have our guy name the person to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court if any were to open up. We won it fair and square.

    We can talk about the president’s constitutional responsibilities and privileges, but ultimately this about the rights of us American citizens who participate in the American electoral process.

     

     

    unanswered questions

    Before I vote

    by | Feb 18, 2016
    Before I vote

    Dear passionate supporters of the candidates, can you please answer these questions to help me choose our next President?

    To Bernie supporters:
    Q. I remember how hard I worked to get George McGovern elected to be a strong anti-war President in 1972. I also remember the crushing defeat, and the years afterward with Nixon. Where is Bernie’s 50-state strategy spelled out online? Where is his state-by-state endorsement list of elected officials? I am frightened that the former Independent will not be able to rally the Dems in all the states so we can not only win the White House, but also the Senate and/or House.

     

     

    spooky action at a distance

    Ripples in the Cosmic Pond

    by | Feb 17, 2016
    Ripples

    I am now exclusively occupied with the problem of gravitation, and hope, with the help of a local mathematician friend, to overcome all the difficulties. One thing is certain, however, that never in my life have I been quite so tormented. A great respect for mathematics has been instilled within me, the subtler aspects of which, in my stupidity, I regarded until now as pure luxury. — Albert Einstein

    The year was 1906. The previous year, Albert Einstein, a lowly examiner in the patent office of Bern, Switzerland, had laid five golden eggs in the form of scientific papers…

     

     

    love one another

    To the Pillory, Episcopal Church

    by | Feb 16, 2016
    Presiding Bishop and Episcopal Primate and President of the House of Deputies in a rack.

    The primates’ effort to suspend the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion is a major comeuppance in the history of colonialism. At one level, my heart rejoices.

    For generations missionaries sought to reform what they deemed the licentiousness of primitives. How delicious it must be to expose the missionaries as licentious and primitive.

     

     

    solo on a vacation

    In Search of New Friends

    by | Feb 16, 2016
    by the river in berlin- photo by Ken Peacock

    It is important to make new friends, especially as you get older and many of your friends have fallen off the perch. You have a choice, make new older friends who want to talk about their medical problems, downsizing the house, a favorite doctor or some new supplement to combat fatigue and old age. Or new younger friends who are likely to last longer and be around to go to your funeral so the church is filled. As the famous philospher Yogi Berra once said: “If you don’t go to your friends’ funerals they won’t come to yours.”

     

     

    fooling some of the people

    The Grand Old Party Animal

    by | Feb 15, 2016
    homeland security firing squad

    In my neighborhood rats are quite timid and though definitely there, are seldom seen. In my wanderings I’ve noticed that when these creatures become bold as squirrels and many in number, while the cats are correspondingly few. It is time to take prudent measures.

    In my wanderings I’ve also noticed certain elite urban country clubs. Though all are exclusive, in a way of speaking, they are of varied affluence. They occur in many neighborhoods in the cities and plains of our great world and are named according to local vernacular…

     

     

    love american style

    Esther Howland’s Valentine Monster

    by | Feb 12, 2016
    Esther Howland's Valentine Monster

    The virulent American contagion of giving St. Valentine’s Day cards can be traced back to patient zero, a certain teen-age girl in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    It was there in 1847 that, after seeing crude, poorly designed British Valentine cards in her father’s stationery shop, 19-year-old Esther Howland decided she could come up with a prettier, more romantic offering. Esther did, and how; her printed, colorful love sentiments swept through the American populace like strep throat through a kindergarten.

     

     

    pete townshend

    “I Asked Bobby Dylan, I Asked The Beatles”

    by | Feb 11, 2016
    Seekers backstage at the Omni, Atlanta, Georgia. November, 1975. Left to right: Pete Townshend, Greg Biggs, Janet Caldwell, Jeff Cochran

    There’s a lot on Pete Townshend’s mind — and a lot to get off his chest. His opening guitar riffs to “The Seeker” make it instantly clear. The song, recorded by the Who in January of 1970, is both a plea for clarity and a pronouncement. Rarely has the search for meaning amidst dashed hopes sounded so triumphant.

    “The Seeker” covers well-traveled ground. The back story is a familiar story. An individual accomplishes much. There’s the acclaim, the money, and people wanting to know what makes you tick. With an adoring press, Pete Townshend knew all about that…

     

     

    book review

    The Gambler’s Apprentice

    by | Feb 11, 2016
    The Gambler’s Apprentice by Lee Barnes

    What a shame that the era of the Western movie headed long ago for the last roundup. The Gambler’s Apprentice, a novel by H. Lee Barnes, is perfect for adaptation to that great American genre – and, given the chance, just might revive it. It’s that good.

    You listening, Hollywood? Long story short, it is 1917, and a farm family in drought-stricken Texas is fending off destitution, albeit just barely, by rustling Mexican cattle across the Rio Grande…

     

     

    back in the day

    The Darker Side of Berlin

    by | Feb 11, 2016
    The Darker Side of Berlin

    When we met in the Officer’s Club at RAF Gatow he said his name was Alex, an engineer with the British Army in West Berlin. He offered to show us around the city at night and the weekend when he wasn’t on duty. Alex spoke German and drove an old black Mercedes Benz two-door coupe. It had been an SS Officer’s staff car during the war and still commanded respect around the city. When we approached a major intersection, controlled by a West Berlin policeman standing on a platform in the center of the road, Alex flashed the car’s headlights…

     

     

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    A Much Better Way for Hillary and Bernie to Compete

    by | Feb 8, 2016
    New Hampshire Primary Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton - Caricatures Donkey Hotey

    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have a great opportunity to advance the Democratic cause, but to seize it they’ll have the think differently about their contest. This opportunity grows out of a shadow that hangs over the campaign for the Democratic nomination. It is widely recognized that any Democrat who is elected president will be unable to accomplish much of what he or she is calling for. On the big issues…

     

     

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