Open Carry Georgia

Georgia‘s Open Carry law, allowing people to carry loaded weapons, including assault rifles, around with them went into effect yesterday, July 2, 2014. I am appalled. People can now carry loaded AK47s with them to church, to school, to the store, and even in bars. Let me be clear about the insanity of this law: I do not trust the… Continue reading

McDonald’s Southern Style Chicken Sandwich

Everyone remembers all of the brouhaha over Dan Cathy’s (Chick-fil-a‘s president) insensitivity to the gay community. (I posted about it here and here.) The restaurant chain has very few stores here (90) in California compared to Georgia (200+). And, keep in mind that more people live in LA county alone than live in the whole state of Georgia. McDonald’s sells… Continue reading

ATL & SFO: A Study in Contrasts

I lived in and around Atlanta, Georgia, for over 20 years. I have many friends and colleagues there. I’ve now lived in California for almost 5 years. I can not tell you how different these two areas of the country are. A former colleague’s comment to a previous post earlier today reminded me of the differences. The Atlanta area is… Continue reading

How ‘Bout Them Headlands

Spoken in thick, often feigned southern accent, a common expression in Georgia was, “How ’bout them Dawgs?!” Not being a sports enthusiast, the expression always left me a bit cold. Yesterday, we spent the morning in the headlands, hiking Tennessee Valley. It too left me just a bit cold, but for reasons related to the ocean breeze.  … Continue reading

She’s a Really Good Friend When…

She sends you not one, but two! containers of chicken poop, all the way from Georgia, in the mail! (And trust me, those chicken farms in GA smell to high heaven!!) A few weeks ago I blogged about my new experience with Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm. I love it! My friend Carole responded on Facebook by telling me I… Continue reading

Fall in Atlanta

When I first moved to California, I was amazed at the very unique smell of the plant life, very dank, pungent and earthy. At the moment, I’m in Atlanta for the weekend. The smell of Fall is in the air, and it’s completely different from California—the smell of the leaves. Last night I had dinner at The Colonnade, which still… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Seven – Traveling Home

Today the long journey home begins—in about 45 minutes. Amazingly, the couple in the bungalow next door here at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An are from Atlanta, Georgia! In fact, they live in Morningside. Can we say: small world! Click here for a list of all of the posts from my trip to Vietnam.… Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child…

So a mother wasn’t parenting her child in a public place in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  No surprise there.  Parent’s seem more and more inclined to just let badly behaved children behave badly in public, as if the child has a right to boisterous, demanding misconduct. An older man, in his 60’s, warned the mother to either do something about her… Continue reading

The Old Dekalb Water Works

The old Dekalb County Water Works has long since been abandoned. The forest and the graffiti artists are laying claim to the area. Only some very large concrete retention tanks remain along with some foundations and one area of mostly collapsed, vine-covered brick walls. Here and there steps lead up to no place. An old stone bridge arches over the… Continue reading

Emory Forest

I must have acquired my love of the woods from my many childhood romps with my father. We camped a great deal, probably the majority of the weekends of my childhood, and would go on long uncharted hikes through the woods in the north Florida panhandle. He loved being outdoors, and it was infectious. So, even to this very day,… Continue reading