From the Heart: A Home for Hope

Greene County Habitat celebrates the completion of its newest home, built with funds from its Showcase of Homes tour – The houses that line Union Station road in Greensboro are typically quiet in the afternoons, but on July 14, one house in particular saw an abundance of traffic. A steep driveway led up to the…

Behind the Brush: Finding Flow

Holly Parker turns gourds into art from her home studio in Eatonton – The home studio of Eatonton artist, Holly Parker, is both calming and energetic. It’s a place she says allows her to accept the creative energy as it begins to flow – a place where a lowly gourd can become an exquisite work…

In Play: Eating up the Natchez Trace

– By Bill Dudley –   The Natchez Trace is a broad path between Natchez, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee. It was formed by prehistoric animals finding their way from the eastern Midwest plains to the Mississippi River and later used by the Chickasaw Indians as a trading route and war path.   Doesn’t that sound like a…

Retracing Oliver Hardy’s Georgia Roots

The Oliver Hardy Festival, 31st year, will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Harlem, Georgia. For more information contact 707-556-0043 or email cityofharlem@harlemga.org. By Leara Rhodes Mississippi, not Georgia, was the setting of the film Zenobia (1939) in the 1870s. The modest town doctor had a daughter who wanted to marry the son…

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…