god-bless-the-freaks-bumper-sticker-5387Bearded man in short shorts twirling three batons as he prances down 10th Street near Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

At Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island, picnicker reads sign saying the county commissioners “ask” people not to bring alcoholic beverages to the park. “That’s nice,” says the man, as he pops open a beer. “They just ask. At least, they don’t prohibit drinking.”

Bumper sticker in Atlanta’s still-bohemian Little Five Points area: “God Bless the Freaks.”

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Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/