The World’s Largest High-Relief Sculpture, Was Nearly One of the World’s Greatest Boondoggles

Confederate Memorial Carving on the face of Stone Mountain is largest high-relief sculpture in the world

My first glimpse of the monumental sculpture carved into the massive granite dome known as Stone Mountain was slightly disappointing. From the viewing platform the three sculpted figures of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson were dwarfed by the sheer immensity of the naked rock that thrusts … Read more

Making Magic at REV Coffee

Live music every Friday night packs the joint

“If you’re a vegetarian how do you get enough vitamin B?” Harold asked. Charles chimed in on my behalf: “Quinoa. It’s an ancient grain that was originally cultivated in Peru and it has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin B of any food, plus it’s high in protein.” I checked his information; as usual … Read more

Tunes and Tales in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Performance at Gatlinburg, Tennessee's Tunes and Tales

On my way back to Atlanta to deal with the dreaded taxes (for 2010) I took a slight detour to visit my friends Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, who live near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Since the city is built on tourism and offers a myriad of Disney-like attractions and rides, I’ve always found it a bit … Read more

Kayaking Nature’s Church In Silent Reverence

As the crow flies, I was only a mile or two from the beach, but it might as well have been a thousand miles away. Despite ominous skies and the threat of rain, I climbed into my lemon yellow kayak, pushed off the ramp and slipped into Graham Creek. Silently gliding through slate waters, I … Read more

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama’s Refreshing Commitment to Tell the Truth About the Oil Spill

Like most Americans, I was mortified by the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. My stomach turned when I viewed the underwater photos of oil gushing from the breached well and I felt helpless, wishing I could help in some way but knowing there probably wasn’t anything I … Read more