In Play: Kenya Beat This?

– Local columnist survives Africa and the Middle East with a newfound appreciation for adventure. Until recently, I was well on the way to achieving my life-long ambition of never visiting places where the people want to kill me or the animals want to eat me. But now, who knows? You see, I am married…

Up to Par: Worshiping at the ‘Cathedral of Golf’

– A true believer hits the links at St. Andrews in Scotland. Vacations are a funny thing. After months of diligent planning, an off-handed detour can become the Holy Grail of the entire trip. Such was the case during our 25th anniversary trip to Scotland, Ireland, and England. My wife, Wendy, loves European history and…

Behind the Brush: Portraits of Patriotism

– After traveling the world in service to our country, local veterans find solace in art therapy. In spite of the morning heat, Stan Strickland was up early with his painting tools ready. Strickland, Strickland, an 81-year-old artist and former Air Force air traffic controller, was overseeing a portraiture workshop for veterans with disabilities at…

In the Garden: Peace prevails in the Briar Patch

Global Peace Pole Project is represented in Eatonton’s Butterflies & Blooms habitat. What do Eatonton, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Magnetic North Pole all have in common? They all proudly claim a Peace Pole, a four-, six-, or eight-sided monument bearing the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language on…

Two-Pint Profile: Eric Dodd

Interesting questions for interesting people over a couple of pints. By Brewmaster Taylor Lamm, Oconee Brewing Co. What’s the first concert you ever attended? Counting Crows, Chastain park. Pretty good start, right? The Wallflowers opened. My brother took me and I remember Adam Duritz, the lead singer, was just walking through the crowd, hanging out….

In the Garden: Butterflies & Blooms –

Grassroots group of volunteers create sanctuary for native pollinators in the heart of Eatonton Virginia Linch moves through the ranks of freshly-planted walkways like a gentle general, issuing tasks to the troops to help meet the day’s gardening goals. She’s got much to do, but doesn’t want to miss the chance to educate this writer…

In the Spirit: Pickle Juice Cocktails

Photography by Clay Kirkland/Wisecraft Mixology From a part-time hobby, to a way to make ends meet during the recession of 2008, to a full-blown pickling production, Phickles Pickles has truly transformed from their grassroots beginning to a thriving, independent business in Athens. Gone are the days Angie and Phin Tillman’s  friends and family left their…

Sweet Georgia Blues: Where to pick your own this season

Move over peaches and peanuts, Georgia’s got a new top crop. Stop by any of these local farms this season to pick your own and experience the fun of farm-fresh fruit. Note that it’s always best to call ahead to the following farms to check picking conditions and berry availability. Miller Blueberry Farm 1371 Union…

Behind the Brush: A reawakening –

Local artist, Linda Dudley, rediscovers a gift of pastels after 50 years. Never one to sit still, Linda Dudley’s husband, Bill, decided he wanted to try his hand at drawing a few years ago. After a life full of working and raising kids, the two had settled into retirement at Reynolds Lake Oconee, spending their…

By the Book: Welcome Home, Alice

– Photo by Ana Elena Pena – Willie Lee and Minnie Talulah Grant could have never imagined this for their eighth child. Alice Malsenior Walker, born on Feb. 9, 1944, to a sharecropper existence in Putnam County, advanced through grit and talent to become a literary powerhouse, using a humbling existence in the segregated South…