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    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!”

     

     

    bad mushrooms

    Have fictional characters hijacked the presidential primaries?

    by | Feb 20, 2016
    Have fictional characters hijacked the presidential primaries?

    With all of the finger-pointing, gesticulating, spite, retorts, nasty responses to retorts, robocalls and flood of oversized postcards, the presidential primary process has become a mess, more of a reality television show than reality.

    It’s as if the grind of politics, which has been the social equivalent to a root canal for many, has become a caricature of itself.  It’s as if real people are really acting like cartoon characters.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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…

     

     

    farewell, old fellow

    R.I.P., Dro Lamb

    by | Feb 13, 2016
    RIP Dro Lamb

    What is it about dogs that is so affecting? Why do we love them so? And why do we grieve so when they die?

    By now, half the people from Georgetown to Murrells Inlet know that MY DOG DIED!

    I can’t help myself. I’m worse than the Ancient Mariner. I stop perfect strangers to tell them MY DOG DIED!

    Yes, my sweet Dro-Dro, a red-nose pit bull, is gone. Dead at age 11…

     

     

    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.

     

     

    profiting on suffering

    Wounded Warrior Project under fire for high overhead

    by | Feb 12, 2016
    Wounded Warriors money bags is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com using the Wounded Warrior’s logo on a stock image of money bags (© Steveheap) licensed Dreamstime.com by LikeTheDew.com and paid for by generous readers (click here to donate). http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-many-us-dollar-bills-notes-money-bags-thousands-dollars-pouring-out-cloth-bag-onto-black-background-showing-image41131693

    People shower lots of attention on military veterans today.

    Perhaps it’s because we now have an all-volunteer military. Maybe it’s because with the proliferation of media now, the average American knows more about our troops engaged in military activity all over the world. Perhaps it’s the new patriotism since 9/11. Whatever the reason, people in our country shower a lot of attention on helping veterans of the military service.

     

     

    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…

     

     

    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…

     

     

    trump's split personality

    Donald Trump Is Worse than Rude and Crude

    by | Feb 9, 2016
    TRiUMPh The Insult Comic Candidate - Make America Poop Again! by DonkeyHotey via flickr

    The Washington Post Editorial Board thinks that former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole is a doddering old fool for saying that Donald Trump has “the right personality” for the presidency. “Say what?” was the Post’s reaction to Dole’s assessment.

    But the Post, like much of the media, is overlooking the fact that there are actually two Donald Trumps running for president in this cycle. One of them is the nativist bigot, who wants to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and ship them back to their home countries..

     

     

    fighting the real opponent

    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…

     

     

    they did what?

    Continued frustration when fighting the telephone monopoly

    by | Feb 4, 2016
    Continued frustration when fighting the telephone monopoly

    Oh, the frustration of fighting a bureaucracy, any bureaucracy!

    It started out with AT&T installing high-speed fiber optics in our office building. Eventually came a call from AT&T, suggesting that this faster Internet service would be the cat’s meow for me. After several calls, I relented in late November, hearing that I could keep my same business land line telephone numbers. Previously, I had my telephone and Internet service with Windstream Business, and had been happy with that service for about five years or more…

     

     

    revolution

    Bernie, Get the Job by Doing the Job – Now

    by | Feb 3, 2016
    Bernie Sanders - Caricature by Donkey Hotey

    Dear Senator Sanders,

    You say you want to lead a “political revolution.” You say that our urgent problems cannot be solved just by utilizing the system in place in Washington, where the powers that need to be overcome remain too strong. The American people have to be mobilized, you say, to fight to take back the power (and their fair share of the American bounty) that has been stolen from them by the plutocracy…

     

     

    presidential selection

    Possible entry of Bloomberg for president and South’s March 1 primary

    by | Feb 1, 2016
    Michael Bloomberg

    With the Georgia (and Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) presidential primaries just about a month away, political antics have been far flung this presidential cycle! No telling what will happen next. This topsy-turvy political year, when matters were not always going as anticipated, now has a new name possibly seeking the office of president: former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Many will welcome Bloomberg’s consideration of a Third Party candidacy…

     

     

    novel writing

    Once upon a time…

    by | Jan 28, 2016
    Vintage typewriter with once upon a time...

    So you’d like to write a novel. Then here’s Dr. Lamb’s prescription: take two aspirin and lie down till the desire goes away.

    Just kidding. Truth is, if you’re really a writer, you will write, no matter what. And if you’re not, well, I hope you’re at least a reader. Writers need readers and readers need writers, n’est-ce pas?

    But I brought up the subject because an aspiring writer, a young girl, teenager, asked me the other day how to go about writing a novel.

     

     

    get out of my yard

    R U Ready 4 Nu Writing?

    by | Jan 27, 2016
    R U Ready 4 Nu Writing?

    In a couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will disembark from the good ship I’m in my Fifties and book passage on the SS Lord, I Can’t Believe I’m in my Sixties. I try really, really hard not to be a “why, in my day” curmudgeon. For example, I’m OK with current popular music. I don’t actually listen to it, of course…everyone knows that the best popular music of all time is “classic rock” from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s. But every generation has its own soundtrack, and every generation thinks its own music is the best. So more power to the current crop of pop artists, and to the whippersnappers who listen to them.

     

     

    one less egg to fry

    Lifetime: It’s television for women

    by | Jan 27, 2016
    Fried egg with broken shell

    My mama loved the Lifetime Network. Back then it had the advertising slogan “It’s television for women.”   Mama would eagerly tell me about the latest movie she had watched always leaning in at the end and saying conspiratorially “you know, it’s television for women.” She said it in that same lowered tone that was used to describe “down there.” Down there was her pseudonym for the entire area of the body contained in underpants. Thong underwear would have thrown her for a loop.

     

     

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