Photo in National Newsletter

Oct 23

I was surprised to see my photo in the Fall newsletter of the National Federation of Democratic Women. A photo taken at Jim Marshall’s town hall meeting made it into the newsletter. See page 4.

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Mossy Creek

Oct 18

Today, we headed the the piney woods a few miles from our home for the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival  We try and go when it comes in the spring and fall. Many of the same vendors return each year. This year we bought honey, pecans, mayhew jelly, and homemade apple blueberry bread. We enjoyed the blue-grass music, walking around under the tall pine trees, the petting zoo, and of course, the vendors. Dan even signed up for a horse raffle. The winner gets the 3 year old horse (riden for 6 months) or $150. As Dan says, “… it’s a nice horse.” I hope he takes the money if he wins. The proceeds go to the Peach County FFA farm for feeding expenses.

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival was named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, and also one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Voted “Favorite Arts and Crafts Festival in Georgia.” They advertise the festival as “the way things used to be.”

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Georgia Fair

Oct 08

The Georgia National Fair started this afternoon. I helped out at the Houston County Democratic Committee Booth in the McGill Marketplace. We live in a Republican stronghold here in Middle Georgia so I was expecting some negativity. But people can be so rude just because we are Democratic. The supplies including the life-size poster of President Obama have to be put away when the booth is not staffed. Last year a month before the election, the booth was vandalized more than once.

It is rewarding to have some civil conversations with some people. I have signed up for a few more days at the booth. I guess I am a glutton for punishment.

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Warner Robins Politics

Sep 20

We attended the forum for the Mayor and city council candidates Friday night. There are four candidates for Mayor including  the incumbent who has been mayor since 1994! Time for a change. Some questions about diversity. Turns out there are only 4 African American police officers out of a 150 member force. WR has a 35% minority population and we call ourselves the International City. There are several candidates for city council positions. I have to learn more about them before I decide who to support. The next morning I was attending the Middle Georgia Democratic Women’s Club. I ended up on the slate for President starting in January. I found out Georgia is 49 out of 50 states for per capita spending. Education keeps getting their funding cut to the tune of $44.5 million. It is a disgrace.

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Women’s Equality Day

Aug 26

WomenEqualToday, August 26, 2009, is Women’s Equality Day. This day marks the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 89 years ago and celebrates the women’s suffrage movement that led up to the amendment’s passage. It took 42 years for women to get the vote. The bill to amend the Constitution was introduced in 1878, finally passed in 1919 and on this day in 1920, the last state ratified the 19th Amendment. We are still not equal in many areas, pay especially. We now need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Our last Evergreen couple of the month left this morning. They have stayed with us four times. Do I say we are a day’s trip to Florida?

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Marshall Town Meeting

Aug 24

rallyI joined 1000  people to attend Congressman Jim Marshall’s Town Meeting. The crowd was overwhelmingly against any kind of reform. Marshall is opposed to the current bills because of the fiscal impact. A small delegation of reform supporters held up signs for the cameras before the meeting started. He answered questions for almost 3 hours. He likes what David Goldhill says in the article  How American Health Care Killed My Father in the September Atlantic Monthly.

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Booth Western Art Museum

Aug 22

Booth I saw an ad for this museum in the Georgia magazine and was intrigued to see an exhibit titled, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography. Since we had been there and since we both like the West, we did an overnight trip to Cartersville, GA. The town is about 30 miles north of Atlanta off I-75. The 80,000 square foot Booth Western Art Museum was well worth the trip. They are celebrating their 6th anniversary this weekend. Founded by owners of contemporary Western art, it now boosts main galleries featuring contemporary Western American art. Other galleries feature Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, and Western illustration.  A new 40,000 square foot addition opens in October. We were very impressed. We lunched in the cafe and watched the 15 minute film and had an overview of the main galleries with a docent. You don’t have to go West to see great Western art. In fact, some pieces are on loan from other Western museums.

Etowah The next morning we drove to the national historic site at the Etowah Indian Mounds. Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site contains six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and defensive ditch. This is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeastern United States. We watched a very informative film, toured the museum and drove around the mounds on a golf cart. The boot on my feet got the golf cart. We were the only people out on the grounds and it was so peaceful along the Etowah river. There is a nice picnic area, a swing and benches overlooking the river. Although it was overcast, the rain held off and we had a very peaceful time exploring.

We stayed with an Evergreen couple who were born and raised in Georgia. It made a nice get-away.

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