David Sedaris and the books in the lobby

Last week a friend graciously invited me to hear author David Sedaris read from his work at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta (it truly is fabulous). Sedaris and I spent time together during the summer of 2018 while I listened to the audio version of his book Calypso ,and then  Let’s Explore Diabetes with … Continue reading "David Sedaris and the books in the lobby"

Spanakopita

This recipe is often used in my family for extended family dinners, holidays, and any time I need to contribute to a cover-dish meal. If you haven’t ever used phyllo, do not be intimidated by it. Ingredients 1 large onion 1 sleeve/tube of thawed phyllo sheets 5 eggs 24 oz of feta cheese (I use … Continue reading "Spanakopita"

How to be both angry and sad at the same time

For the past 17 months and six days, people have said that I am handling suddenly being widowed with grace. Being furious and raging wasn’t going to unwind the fact that a careless driver killed my husband while he was riding his bike. I have limited reserves of energy, and I knew that walking around … Continue reading "How to be both angry and sad at the same time"

The arc of justice is long

Earlier this afternoon the Atlanta Journal Constitution sent out a news alert concerning the resignation of Dean Alford, a member of the Georgia University System’s  Board of Regents. Alford was recently reappointed to the Board by Governor Brian Kemp. The newspaper details that the Georgia  Attorney General and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued arrest … Continue reading "The arc of justice is long"

Driving dirty air

The Republican Party, which is now Donald Trump’s Republican Party (DTRP), has long heralded itself as the party of less big government and more local control. They’ve argued that states, cities, and counties know what is best for them and they should set standards. DTRP dislikes car emission standards set by California’s elected leaders  so … Continue reading "Driving dirty air"

How We Have Failed Since September 11, Redux

First posted here on September 10, 2014 How We Have Failed since September 11 Tonight President Obama will address the nation about ISIS and any actions that we may take in response to the horrific murders of Americans and innocent civilians at the hands of terrorists. Tomorrow there will be an observance in my community, … Continue reading "How We Have Failed Since September 11, Redux"

A serving of justice lite

Two days ago a friend described the criminal court proceedings against the careless driver who killed my bicycle-riding husband, David, as a “lite order of justice.” Why? What’s the punishment for killing a law-abiding cyclist in Georgia? Careless driving resulting in a cyclist’s death is considered a misdemeanor, and the penalties are hardly harsh. A … Continue reading "A serving of justice lite"

McConnell finds his voice

After weeks of political laryngitis on the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) found the will to say that fellow Republican Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) should “find another line of work.” During a recent interview lasting almost an hour, King said he doesn’t understand how white nationalist, pro Western civilization, and white supremacist language … Continue reading "McConnell finds his voice"

Can Governor Kemp deliver for rural Georgia?

Today marks a new era in Georgia, one that follows a contentious race for the governor’s mansion. Will Brian Kemp and the GA Legislature deliver on promises to rural voters? Rural hospitals are fragile, while access to care is difficult in regards to insurance coverage, number of providers, and transportation. Will legislators swallow hard and … Continue reading "Can Governor Kemp deliver for rural Georgia?"

Expressing sympathy isn’t rocket science

After the death of my infant grandson in December 2016, my husband’s tragic death on April 30th of this year, followed seven weeks later by my mother’s death, my family has been the recipient of both kind and what are really thoughtless comments from people who are trying to express their sympathies. My friends shared … Continue reading "Expressing sympathy isn’t rocket science"

Two things about this election

There are two things I’ve thought before the election and remain committed to as we wait for more votes to be counted. 1. Georgia needs to change our Constitution to require a Secretary of State to resign if running for a different office. Changing the Constitution shouldn’t be the path to solving every problem, but … Continue reading "Two things about this election"

I’ve changed my status

Last month I made a change to my FaceBook account I really never imagined possible. It is one of the hard realities I have lived with since April 30th, when a series of phone calls, the last from my friend, and deputy coroner in Washington County, told me that my husband David had been hit … Continue reading "I’ve changed my status"

Hear the candidates with your own ears!

Early voting is underway across Georgia with hotly contested races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, and of course Congressional districts. Being an informed voter requires doing the homework, and one of the best ways to do that is to listen to the candidates themselves. I love political pundits and editorial columns … Continue reading "Hear the candidates with your own ears!"

The new generation of leaders

The Friday Photo Decatur High School, Decatur, GA Students walked out or took a knee on Wednesday because #enoughisenough. I stood with them and for them.

Taking thoughts and prayers to the bank

The Friday Photo February 16, 2018

Donald Trump’s Seven Dirty Words

Donald Trump isn’t afraid to use hate speech, but words grounded in science, facts, and evidence scare him and his followers so much that he is banning the use of seven words by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The words are: vulnerable entitlement diversity transgender fetus evidence-based science-based What are Trump and his … Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Seven Dirty Words"

When people don’t mind being lied to

“They May Have Been Phony in the Past But They Are Very Real Now” Sean Spicer on employment numbers released on March 10, 2017 “I’m not in the job of having evidence” Kellyanne Conway on CNN, March 13, 2017  Sean Spicer said Trump used air quotes when accusing President Obama of “wire tapping” (sic, Trump’s … Continue reading "When people don’t mind being lied to"

When the data scare folks

Earlier this week I found this nifty tool for comparing the healthcare plan proposed by the Republicans (Trumpcare) to the current plan in place (Obamacare). Let’s call the plans what they are, since the Republicans considered attaching the former President’s name to the health care plan he championed, which provided affordable insurance to over 20Million … Continue reading "When the data scare folks"

One way the Republican health plan will impact my rural county

Last night I used this nifty tool released by the Kaiser Family Foundation to calculate how the proposed health care bill released by the Republicans Tuesday night will impact Washington County. In Washington County, if you are 60 years old and making $40,000 a year (per capita income is under $38,000 in my county), the … Continue reading "One way the Republican health plan will impact my rural county"

Enslaved people are not immigrants

Dr. Ben Carson, recognized as a brilliant surgeon, used some “alternative facts” in comments to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff today, as he begins his work there as the Secretary of the agency. Carson chose to describe enslaved people forced onto boats and brought to the United States, as immigrants. I looked up … Continue reading "Enslaved people are not immigrants"