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    reflections of the south

    Photo Journeys

    by | 18 hours ago
    Photo Journeys

    Traffic Jams:

    HIGHWAY 501 SC: April. Somewhere near Aynor. Having wrapped up a photo shoot in old Ocean Drive, we drive homeward through wind-driven coastal plain silt. Though dust devils obscure 501, a shimmering red and green mirage breaks through. But it’s no mirage. It’s remembrance. Winds subside, sands drop, and Dean’s Produce emerges next to a cornfield mown to beard-like stubble. Dean’s stand of glinting tin and yellow pine glows with honey, but the incandescent red and green jams gleam like St. Elmo’s fire.

     

     

    April 18 - 19, 2015

    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    by | 18 hours ago
    Bear Festival Is Storytelling Spotlight Event

    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.

     

     

    why it matters

    The Mission for March is the Marsh

    by | Feb 25, 2015
    Image: The Willet by Evangelio Gonzalez via flickr and used a Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgonzal111139/5982804651/in/photolist-a7Frok-a7JjUY-am1BqY-3ywU83-dsqcWy-3ysvoT-3ywTSW-dsqb9E-dsqaem-dsfppi-S3qTk-b256Tr-bXB549-auTonb-dDUGWA-4LDLpD-4LDHzX-mGmeX

    Community Forum on Marsh Buffers & Clean Waters, March 4 at 7:00 pm, Ballard Community Center, Brunswick, GA.

    And, because such events need to be sponsored and the environment can never have too many friends, we’re organizing a new group, the Sidney Lanier Environmental Advocacy Team or S.L.E.A.T.– sporting the unofficial slogan “Making sure our environment is good to eat.”

     

     

    just keep voting republican

    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    We couldn’t put it off any longer. Last night Dede and I told Ruthie we were getting a divorce. Since we’ve enjoyed what can only be termed a highly successful marriage for 37 years, the news was unexpected.

    “You’re what?”

    “We’re getting out,” I offered, not very helpfully. “It’s time. We really don’t have any choice.”

    “What are you talking about? You all are perfect together.”

    “That’s not the point,” Dede tried to explain.

    “What is the point?” Ruthie cried.

    I put it as succinctly as I could. “Gay marriage.”

     

     

    georgia hb 17

    Shining a Light on Hidden Predators

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    the Hidden Predator Act

    During the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly, our Georgia elected-officials are expected to vote on HB 17 – “the Hidden Predator Act.”

    “A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 9 and Article 2 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to limitations of actions and child abuse and deprivation records, respectively, so as to extend the statute of limitations for actions for childhood sexual abuse…

     

     

    part two

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Georgia State University with Chase Williams, Kevin Espinoza, Eli Epstein, Joshua Carter and Jordan Daley.

    Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state’s major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located in a smaller town wanting to enhance their school’s prestige.

    It’s that same old story of jealously, while seeking to keep the state’s university as the major campus of the state.

     

     

    reflections lost

    Who Am I now?

    by | Feb 20, 2015
    Who Am I now?

    This evening I popped out to the corner store for milk. A woman was there with an older man. He was walking up and down the aisles as she trailed behind him – sighing and huffing and saying things like “Dammit, Dad! You dragged me out to get something with you and now you can’t remember what you need?” Her words seemed to fall like blows on his shoulders. He began picking up items in a random fashion and knocked over several cans of soup. I bent to retrieve them up and when I straightened I looked into his face. There it was: the panicked, lost look of a man who set out with clear intent… and lost his bearings along the way. I know this look – and it breaks my heart.

     

     

    part one

    Georgia State University was once a stepchild of University system

    by | Feb 20, 2015
    Georgia State University’s Panther from GSU.edu

    Now that the Board of Regents have decided to merge Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, GSU will soon total more than 50,000 students, and will be the largest unit of the University System of Georgia.

    Not only that, but it is an urban university, as well as a research university, bringing in $58 million in 2011 in grants for study. It has conferred 192,785 degrees since its founding.

     

     

    value of liberal arts

    Stay A Little

    by | Feb 19, 2015
    Stay A Little

    When I read Frank Bruni’s column recently in The New York Times about the value of a liberal arts education, I was pleased at how he had honored a professor at Chapel Hill whose Shakespeare classes had been the most transformative educational experiences of his life. She had read the column and had written him, the first contact they had had since the mid-1980s, to talk more about the state of higher education in this country today.

    As I squirmed over their exchange on how so many politicians want to value education according to what kind of high paying job it can bring, I can still hear the concerns over half a century ago of my father…

     

     

    not scientists

    A Party of Judases

    by | Feb 14, 2015
    The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, Padua, c. 1306

    “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists — that we don’t have enough information to act [on climate change]. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.” — Barack Obama

    You’ve got to give the GOP credit: its members sure know how to tow the party line.

     

     

    glynn county, ga

    What’s the Matter with BMPs?

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    What's the Matter with BMPs?

    BMPs, short for Best Management Practices, the playbook upon which environmentalists rely to guide developers and other soil disturbers to do the right thing, are failing. The question is why. I don’t think the spouse, who observes that, in his youth, BMPs referred to “bowel movements with pee,” is on the right track, even though the venue, the southland, is apt. I really don’t think the blatant disregard for best management practices, especially on the part of public agencies, ranging from the Georgia Department of Transportation to the Glynn County Department of Public Works can be blamed on linguistic disconnects.

     

     

    in a white racial frame

    American History is not Black History; Black History is not America’s

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    NAACP.org

    As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation as the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths as exemplified by the “Founding Fathers.” There are founding documents as revered as biblical texts for their promise of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    That is why the argument that ‘black history is American history’ is naïve to the point of insipidity. For most of this nation’s history, blacks were not ‘Americans.’ First, we were owned, and then we were barred from exercising the rights of citizenship…

     

     

    georgia

    Attacking school bus drivers may serve as legacy for Nathan Deal

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    Nathan Deal at his 2015 inaugural ceremony - via his Facebook page

    If you were Georgia’s governor, what would you want your legacy to be? Most would want a spotless legacy, we would think, with several key points paramount on ways they would have improved the lives of the governed.

    We think back to the way Carl Sanders is thought of as an “education governor,” in that he greatly improved public education for our state at all levels. (He might also be called the “airport governor, ” as he established many local airports, using this as a tool for economic development.)

     

     

    in sports metaphor

    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes

    by | Feb 11, 2015
    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes

    Georgia’s transportation game clock was ticking its final minutes when a 2012 “Hail Mary” pass fell with a thud far from the intended receiver. Uncomfortable with the game on the line, leaders in the General Assembly and the Governor’s Mansion pitched a panicked audible to voters and local governments with the T-SPLOST referendum. Its rejection left leaderless chaos for two-a-half years, during which we’ve seen little reason for hope and backsliding across metropolitan Atlanta.

     

     

    the job market

    It’s OK. The Kids Have Got It

    by | Feb 10, 2015
    So I asked hime what would you say are your weaknesses?

    I’m talking about the ones I know, like daughter Ruth, son-in-law Ben, their circle of friends, and a handful of nieces and nephews, who are all 30 or thereabouts and, I suppose, officially grown-ups, but, in any case, they flabbergast me.

    Ben, a cellist, teaches music in a charter school, gives private lessons, takes classes at Georgia State for his official K-12 teaching certificate, and performs several nights a week with a number of different alt-rock-jazz bands. A pack mule would collapse after half a day under his burden.

     

     

    great binge watching

    Foyle’s War soon departing; it’s the best television drama on today

    by | Feb 9, 2015
    Foyle's War soon departing; it's the best television drama on today

    It may be the best dramatic show, though low-key and without much explosive special effects, on television. But now we hear its run is ending.

    We’re talking about Foyle’s War, the British series that many see on Public Broadcasting stations, and is also available through streaming on Netflix.

     

     

    the winter metaphor

    So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh

    by | Feb 9, 2015
    So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh

    Brushing up on my Wordsworth recently during a particularly paralyzing cold spell, I found The Solitary Reaper and settled into trying to understand the brutality that we know make up the day’s news, the savagery that burns through the TV screen, the “old, unhappy, far-off things and battles long ago.” It’s hard to read about or listen to the news when there’s so much everyday gloom brought about by war, epidemics, violent deracination from family village to refugee camp, and train wrecks that take the lives of innocent commuters en route home.

     

     

    one upgrade at a time

    Hooked on Apps

    by | Feb 6, 2015
    Hooked on Apps

    Hello, my name is Mike and I stand here today and admit to being an addict. Not sure why this happened. I’ve never had issues like this before. My Life Coach Desmond suggested this support group. He said Twitter or Instagram or something recommended you.

    I don’t smoke. Never been a drug user. Drink casually but not obsessively. I think claiming sex addition is BS. We’re all addicted to that. My problem is a little unusual and I hope you folks can help me. I’m addicted to apps.

     

     

    roadside attaction

    South Of The Border

    by | Feb 5, 2015
    South Of The Border

    First came the cars. Then the summer vacation stormed America in the late 1940s, becoming an institution that drove more car sales and vacation rentals. And it did something else. It fired up the imagination of people stuck on the road to “there.” Dreamers galore created roadside attractions to tap into the coins rolling down the road. All these years later, all across the United States, in the middle of lackluster nowhere, you’ll come across these wayside-hijacking places. Once upon a time, their spectacles gave America’s highways a bit of character, a rest stop kids refused to let their parents pass.

     

     

    knew the oldest secret

    Rita

    by | Feb 3, 2015
    Rita

    Several years ago, I read an article about a personality type that resonated so strongly with me I never forgot it. Except, I did—the title of the article, that is, along with its author, and the name of the type it described. The consequence of this memory lapse is that recently, when curiosity led me on a search for the article I never forgot, I had no means to find it. So there is a valid function for names after all. The personality type the article featured was this: a person, usually a woman, who is the more or less unwitting hub of a vast wheel of human relationships.

     

     

    letters

    The Last Pen Pal

    by | Feb 3, 2015
    pen - letter

    Writing letters is almost gone now. It is just so quick and cheap to email or text or just to call as needed. But the cost of all the ease and efficiency of quick interactions is a loss of observations and feelings that were frequently captured in letters.  Letters also provide a real glimpse of history. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians addresses everything from immorality to jealousy to the precious instruction that all gifts are worthless without love.  Pretty deep stuff to put into a letter without backup files and spell check. Heck, I don’t think Paul even had carbon paper.

     

     

    decatur, ga

    Black History Month in the City of Homes, Schools, and Churches

    by | Feb 2, 2015
    Black History Month in the City of Homes, Schools, and Churches

    Color-blind racism is a tough nut to crack. Americans in recent months have confronted some uneasy truths about how race influences the way we see the world around us. It is easier to see and perhaps explain when it’s police racial profiling or some other symptom of structural racism that has immediate and almost always deadly consequences. Racism is less visible and harder to understand when it involves a city’s approach to preserving and communicating its history. And yet, a community’s public history conveys key messages about its values and identity.

     

     

    government fail

    Bad Boys… Whatcha Gonna Do?

    by | Feb 1, 2015
    Newton County Courthouse Covington, Ga

    A situation vexing Newton County citizens for years erupted on metro Atlanta airwaves this week when television station 11 Alive aired stories of an ongoing investigation into payments made to county attorney Tommy Craig. Unanimously reappointed this month by the Board of Commissioners amid a public outcry of opposition, Craig was paid a reported $1.1 million by the county in 2014. He was also the center of much controversy last year when citizens questioned the reported $21.6 million spent to date on a reservoir project championed and managed by Craig…

     

     

    dreams

    Walter Mitty In The Woods

    by | Jan 29, 2015
    Walter Mitty In The Woods

    I read recently that “serendipity” is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering the farmer’s daughter.

    It would truly be a lucky boy who would find such a treasure in a haystack when he was just looking for his car keys. That’s the way I felt this morning after awakening from a delightful dream in which I had finally been awarded my PhD in ancient languages. The rub was that I have never sought such a distinction…

     

     

    divest/reinvest

    Global Divestment Comes of Age

    by | Jan 27, 2015
    xford Fossil Free Future demonstration

    “It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future. To serve as custodians of creation is not an empty title; it requires that we act, and with all the urgency this dire situation demands.”Desmond Tutu

    The climate battle is heating up. At a January 16 press conference, NASA and NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) jointly released independent analyses that confirm 2014 as the hottest year on record. Last year broke records set previously in 1998, 2005 and 2010. Except for 1998, the 10 hottest years have all occurred since 2000.

     

     

    15 central park west

    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross

    by | Jan 27, 2015
    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross

    This is a book about the 1%, the billionaires, or some of them, who can pay $50 million for a condo they use a couple weeks a year while otherwise camped in one of their other lavish homes. Mitt Romney accused ordinary people of feelings of entitlement when they expect social security and medicare but Mitt was playing to his audience, the true practitioners of entitlement. But this is not a political book. The wall street protests are mentioned in passing but its focus is the acquisition of Fifteen Central Park West property, the construction of the outstanding structure and the selling of its units to the aristocracy of money…

     

     

    the business of death

    Funeral services are seeing several changes in format

    by | Jan 27, 2015
    Hunan Caskets Urns Funerals Restaurant by squishyray

    Have you noticed the changes that are taking place at funerals these days?

    There are several ways that the funerals are not what they once were. The first I noticed it was about 15 years ago, when I was at a graveside funeral for a former boss of mine at Riverside Cemetery in Macon. I arrived just as the service began. The funeral home had set perhaps 50 chairs about, and the minister had just started the service.

     

     

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    A Party of Judases

    A Party of Judases

    By: Dave Pruett

    "I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists -- that we don't have enough information to act [on climate change]. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities." -- Barack Obama You've got to give the GOP credit: its members sure know how to tow the party line. In case you haven't noticed, the GOP has a new mantra, and every bona fide member of the club is required to recite it: "I'm not a scientist." Those  Read on →

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    By: Elliott Brack

    Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state's major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located in a smaller town wanting to enhance their school's prestige. It's that same old story of jealously, while seeking to keep the state's university as the major campus of the state. TIMELINE Ga. State University formation1913: Began as Evening School of Georgia Tech Commerce School, with 44 enrollees.1917: Women admitted because of decline in male students in WWI.1920: Enrollment up  Read on →

    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    By: John Yow

    We couldn’t put it off any longer. Last night Dede and I told Ruthie we were getting a divorce. Since we’ve enjoyed what can only be termed a highly successful marriage for 37 years, the news was unexpected. “You’re what?” “We’re getting out,” I offered, not very helpfully. “It’s time. We really don’t have any choice.” “What are you talking about? You all are perfect together.” “That’s not the point,” Dede tried to explain. “What is the point?” Ruthie cried. I put it as succinctly as I could. “Gay marriage.” “What?” “They’ve been warning us for years, darling, but we never listened. Gay marriage threatens traditional marriage. We were so doggone happy we weren’t paying attention  Read on →

    Photo Journeys

    Photo Journeys

    By: Tom Poland

    Traffic Jams HIGHWAY 501 SC: April. Somewhere near Aynor. Having wrapped up a photo shoot in old Ocean Drive, we drive homeward through wind-driven coastal plain silt. Though dust devils obscure 501, a shimmering red and green mirage breaks through. But it’s no mirage. It’s remembrance. Winds subside, sands drop, and Dean’s Produce emerges next to a cornfield mown to beard-like stubble. Dean’s stand of glinting tin and yellow pine glows with honey, but the incandescent red and green jams gleam like St. Elmo’s fire. REMEMBRANCE: Oh say do you remember when grandmothers sealed jams and jellies with paraffin wax in sterilized jars? And where com  Read on →