Georgia Recorder-coal ash clean up, aisle seven

Because coal ash and its toxins are forever, the work to protect the health of communities, water and air, natural resources, and recreational places, is never done. The Georgia Recorder has an op/ed I wrote about the challenges we face in Georgia concerning coal ash waste clean up and storage. Spoiler alert- ratepayers shouldn’t have … Continue reading "Georgia Recorder-coal ash clean up, aisle seven"

Super Bowl half-time was about more than entertainment

Once again the internet exploded over the Super Bowl half-time show. Last night’s show featured Jennifer Lopez (JLo) and Shakira, who were joined by JBlavin and BadBunny. Lopez also shared part of the performance with her daughter Emme, a talented 11 year old with great stage presence. They knew they had an audience and they … Continue reading "Super Bowl half-time was about more than entertainment"

Rural Georgians deserve safe drinking water too

Have you ever sat down to a home-cooked meal and heard the cook say, “You may not be able to taste it, but the pasta was cooked in water that may very well be contaminated with a plethora of cancer-causing toxins. Enjoy!” For Georgians who live near a coal plant in Georgia and rely on … Continue reading "Rural Georgians deserve safe drinking water too"

Buckle up! The Georgia General Assembly is back.

Former Georgia Speaker of the House Tom Murphy was an opponent of requiring seatbelt use. He said it was inconvenient for farmers who may spend a lot of time getting in and out of their truck . I always thought that was a lazy man’s excuse. An article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that … Continue reading "Buckle up! The Georgia General Assembly is back."

Turn up the volume and put it on repeat

I love this song and listen to it all year, with the volume turned up. Don’t sit out on the work that needs to be done

The man without an exit strategy goes to war

In mid-October President Trump abandoned Kurdish allies in Syria. This resulted in deserting American military holdings in the area, Turkish assaults on Kurds, the escape of ISIS prisoners, and Kurdish leaders looking to Russia and the Syrian government for support against Turkey. On Tuesday, January 7th, dictators Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Bashar al-Assad (Syria) met … Continue reading "The man without an exit strategy goes to war"

The most powerful people in the White House

The most powerful people in The White House.

Thursday marked a refusal to turn the other cheek

Pushback from the Speaker and V.P. Ed Mellette Farm raised, semi-retired businessman, and political opinionator. Columbia/Spartanburg, SC reposted with permission from the author With considerable admiration of her present leadership in the matter of Articles of Impeachment currently being considered against the President of the United States, I want to congratulate Madam Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, … Continue reading "Thursday marked a refusal to turn the other cheek"

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"