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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown February 4th 2020

Written in 2009. Have things improved? Do we really celebrate this day the way Dr. King would want us to? Is former President Obama's idea of a day of service gone forever? Monday marks a holiday that most of us can live and relive past events, as we were alive to see and hear Dr. King in the news almost every day. We saw him lead non violently, with no fear of white supremacists or military and police barricades. He was an inspiration to all of us. Monday, I am going to spend most of the day volunteering at Medshare, in his honor. I hope you will do whatever you can today to honor him. When I first saw and read about Dr. King, I wondered. Why would he be named after the famous Martin Luther? ... read more
Beautiful windows here
I Have A Dream!!!!
Nonviolence Principles

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown December 7th 2019

Only in Atlanta would any decent person get caught in a tea room, right? Well, this is not just any tea room. This is an Atlanta institution, called Mary Mac's Tea Room. As their website says, they have been setting the standard for southern cooking in Atlanta for over 70 years. So much so, that the Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution in which Mary Mac's was declared to be Atlanta's Dining Room. So, why is this place so special? Though I have been here a few times before, thanks to my lifelong Atlanta pal, Ken Bob, Mary Mac's is worth a revisit. First, how many historic places in the world are located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard? And just down the street from the historic Fox Theater? It is the last of sixteen tea ... read more
Many side dishes
Great southern style meals
Mary Mac's, an Atlanta institution

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown December 2nd 2019

It is not often I go to an NBA game in a place other than the Bay Area. I have been to NBA games, mostly Warrior games in places like Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston, and now Atlanta. Why? I am not sure. For one, the Hawks last won an NBA Championship back in 1958 when they played in St. Louis. They even had the famous Celtic coach, Red Auerbach as their coach at one time. The moved to Atlanta in 1968. They own the second longest championship drought, only after the lowly Sacramento Kings. Ted Turner bought the team in 1977, mostly for programming on his new cable TV channels. He also bought the Atlanta Braves baseball team for additional programming. Their biggest star through the 80s was Dominque Wilkins and their coach, the erstwhile ... read more
Two time MVP, Steph Curry
Champs visit Obama

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta December 2nd 2019

It’s 6 am and Kirsten is up and showering, I’m next. We have just got home last night from Thanksgiving at Pine Mountain like we do every year. And we are already loading the car for Christmas Market, yes.. you read it correctly. We have planned to join Lori and Sam in Germany this year and enjoy Christmas Market with them. Lori and Sam left Thanksgiving Day and flew to Dusseldorf. They have a head start on us but were all meeting at the house Kirsten rented, close to Fulda. We packed our Thanksgiving suitcases along with our Germany suitcases before going to Pine Mountain so to make it easier to get out the door this morning. So, the adventure begins.... The car is loaded, and we are pulling out of the condo, I don’t think ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown November 30th 2019

I had several options for rivalry week in college football, and I don't regret going to a place I have been before, to watch a matchup I have seen several times. Though I had my choice of games for this rivalry week, I also had commitments on Sunday back home, so it meant I had to stay within an area that would allow me to be back by noon the following day. My heart was really set on the Iron Bowl, but the price just never got low enough for me to consider it as a serious option. In hindsight, of course, that would have been THE game to choose—it had everything you could hope for in a college football game, and people will be talking about it for years to come. So maybe the price ... read more
Normally I avoid this route but it's the most direct way to Tech
Many building on Tech's campus have an ultra-modern feel
The Administration Building at Tech, and one of the key shots for any sportscast from this school

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 8th 2019

Assuming you were around in the Sixties, you know the 1968 song, "Abraham, Martin, and John", written by Dick Holler, and sung by Dion. It is a tribute to four assassinated Americans, all great icons of social change, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and the Kennedy brothers. The song was written in response to the assassination of Dr. King and Senator Kennedy. Here are the lyrics. It is a powerful song. Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?Can you tell me where he's gone?He freed a lot of peopleBut it seems the good die young... read more
The childhood home of Dr. King
Six Principles of Nonviolence

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 7th 2019

Has there ever been an American President as interesting or as admired than Jimmy Carter? And while he was a rather mediocre President at best, he has proven that he might be the best person to have inhabited the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue. Why do I say this? He was our 39th President, for one term only. He seemed a "fish out of water" in DC politics, and had a difficult time getting along with is own Democratic party in the House and Senate. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and eventually became Governor of Georgia. He was guided by skilled politicians through the rather flawed primary process, and became the Democratic nominee for President. A political outsider, he narrowly defeated our only appointed President, Jerry Ford. Perhaps most significantly, he pardoned all Vietnam ... read more
Jimmy Carter and Fidel
Two great Americans
The Carter Presidential Library

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 6th 2019

My first trip to Atlanta was back in the 80s as I recall. I was attending a convention, then on my way to the US Open Tennis in NYC (1982). I was greeted by my friend, Ken Bob at the airport, along with a large cooler of ice cold beer. Those were the days!! He proceeded to show me the Atlanta that he knew, as a native. We made all the visits, Stone Mountain, the Varsity, Mary Mac's Tea Room, The Fox, and many, many honky tonks and bars. I don't even remember where I was staying! My visit now is ostensibly to visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and perhaps a few of the nostalgic places like Merry Macs and The Varsity. And who knows, maybe I can? From the Carter Library: Shortly after taking ... read more
Love Mary Mac Tea Room
The Varsity, an Atlanta tradition

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta July 16th 2019

It’s 6am I haven’t sleep more than 3 hours, why I don’t know... it’s the whole thing about going on vacation the next morning. I’ve checked the flights, all looks good; we even have tickets to ATL to make our life easier. I guess I’m just excited to be sitting in E-concourse and having a Sweetwater 420. We’re packed, I’ve loaded the car with our suit cases, provided all the necessary people with all the passwords and instructions, just in case. You never know. Kirsten has gone through the check list multiple times, each time I find something missing, toothbrush, hearing aid batteries, passport you know minor items to get me through TSA. Ok, we’re loaded and, on our way, to pick up OMI. She is waiting outside her condo tapping her foot wanting to know ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta December 20th 2018

Well, it's been over a month since I've returned to Ecuador. It's been a busy month and the travelblog website has had some glitches, but enough of excuses. The second half of my US visit blog entry is waayyy overdue! It's been 12 years since I moved away from Atlanta and over 7 years since I’d been back east for a, I scheduled ample time to reconnect with old friends. It's amazing how even though the years pass, we pick up where we left off. My friends and I haven't aged at all, but their kids sure have grown up -- how does that work?! I had lined up a rental car to pick up at the Loews hotel not far from a MARTA station, so upon returning from Florida I took the train from ... read more
Jennifer, Emily & Maddox
Fongbemi Family
African Food in Atlanta!

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