Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
To "castrate" - To cut out or revise thereby depriving of essential vigor or significance.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Young people from several Private Schools as well as the Public Schools of Bibb County served as Servers as we all enjoyed this breakfast.
The Chow Line.
- The Story of the Merchant who refused to serve a person of Color.
- The reflection that focused on the "Importance of Voting."
- The reflection that focused on the fact that both Whites and Blacks could be "Proud to be Friends."
The Play entitled "Pass It On" also presented by the Montessori of Macon Middle School Students concluded with a visual that was very dynamic and also very powerful. The students stood in a line and held up letters that formed the word "KINDNESS."
I have not previously attended these Breakfast, but I am very glad that I did.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This Image was also taken on January 11, 2009 as our Nation prepares for the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- Uniform Code Enforcement throughout the County.
- Lack of cooperation between the City/County as regards protecting the Citizens.
- Future Development of Industry and Commercial Activity.
- Potential Industry looks at Quality of Life Issues and how well the School Systems are functioning along with the general appearance of the Community.
- It was clearly indicated by several speakers that our future depends on what is happening within the City as well as the entire County. Everyone has a responsibility to be a viable "Gate Keeper" in their local community.
- The need for cooperation and a dynamic can do attitude must be present in the respective Government Agencies within the County as well as the City. No one should have to report a problem and receive the brush off. All Government Employees must have a can do attitude and respect the Citizens.
- We The People must hold our duly elected Leaders accountable.
- As the County Commissioners prepare the next Fiscal Year Budget they will be faced with dynamic challenges.
- Each and Every Citizen must be aware that there will be sacrifices required of each of us as we consider our "Real Needs" versus "What We Want" from our respective Governments.
Every one in attendance was grateful that this meeting was held. Each Commissioner and the Commission Chair displayed a keen interest in the concerns and presentations by each of the citizens who shared their ideas, concerns and the needs of their respective areas of the County.
The Commission Chair Thanked everyone in attendance and reminded everyone that there will be future "Heart To Hart" Town Hall Style meetings.
I, the Flower Child, am glad I attended this event. It was certainly worthwhile and this Town Hall Event and future ones will give Citizen Input to the Board of Commissioners as they prepare for the task that lie ahead.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Each of these 3660 flags represents a life that was not allowed to be born in this Country. I appreciate this display and highlight it here today so that others may view the impact that these flags have.
Friday, January 09, 2009
- STOP Apartments!
- STOP Nursing Home Complex!
- STOP High Density Housing!
All of these stated concerns clearly indicate to me that someone is attempting to mislead the general public. I would hope that the article in The Telegraph was correct wherein the potential development of this site was for Apartments, Townhomes and an Assisted Living Facility.
Let me be quite clear here, as a retired member of the U. S. Forces I did dedicate 21 years of my life to preserving the Freedoms we all enjoy in our United States of America. What I view with total distain is the fact that someone is attempting to mislead the General Public with what appears to be a totally false statement.
For those who may not know it, after I retired from the U. S. Navy from my last shore duty here in Macon, Georgia in December 1981 I was employed at a "Real" local Nursing Home here in Bibb County. I stated this because I certainly know the difference between a Nursing Home and an "Assisted Living Center."
Because of the height and size of these transmission line poles I really doubt that they will be moved anytime in the future. I show this picture to clearly display that the area certainly has an abundance of eye sores already. The previous sentence is not to imply that the proposal would even be an Eye Sore. This is a view looking North on Bass Road at Rivoli Drive. You can observe the traffic signals already in place!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
As I stated above, I have spend many hours in the Classrooms of the Bibb County School System as a volunteer reader during the 1999 - 2008 time frame. I will state here and now that I can not recall any class room that did not have a lot of pictures and paper work hanging on the walls. The Author also states that putting things in an orderly fashion helps young boys focus on the necessary work required in a classrom. The many distractions of clutter are a barrier in the learning process of young boys.
From my own point of view, I recall the School I attended from first through sixth grade. It had a real black board with the Cursive Writing/Penmanship Example Charts on the top of the blackboard. I recall a pull down Map Chart and a Globe near the teacher's desk. A very sparse classroom, but it must have been quite effective. During my High School years which were in the 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 era I was able to score reasonably well in the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. In fact my Mother collected the award ribbons and I have them mounted on my "I Love Me" High School Picture Frame. As you can quickly ascertain I place a lot of credit on my basic education on the very principle that the Author of the Book featured above encourages. Avoid Class Room Clutter when you are trying to educate Boys.
I would encourage our Educational Leaders to obtain a copy of this book today and to read, mark and inwardly digest the contents.
I certainly feel that if we all work together we can improve the Education we are providing our next generations of Citizens here in the United States of America.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The second Book I want do discuss today is shown above. The back cover sums up the author's mantra. Recapture Sunday afternoons and long summer days. The perfect book for every boy from eight to eighty.
This also is a great book for any member of the species "Male Human." The most interesting section for me was entitled "A Brief History of Artillery." The author also laments this fact on the opening page: "I didn't have this book when I was a Boy." Such was the motivation for the writing this book which covers a wealth of knowledge, some vital and some just plain fun like the section about Marbles.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
- A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.
-January 6, on which this feast is traditionally observed.
Monday, January 05, 2009
"Macon's Biggest problem and thus the biggest problem for Bibb County.
If we do not correct our future society members in their youth, building more jails will not solve the problem. Therefore crime is a secondary result of our poor education system."
As I participated in keeping the gardens around my West Bibb County, Georgia home today I noted the situation that you see in the image above.
As I labored I gave some thought to why this would happen. I hit upon the word "apathy." Once I cleaned up from my Gardening I decided that I would Blog the word apathy today and make a few germane comments. First of all I ascertained the definition of the word which was reported as follows: "lack of interest or concern."
Based on this definition it appears that the drivers of automobiles here in West Bibb County have a lack of concern for their neighbors or fellow peoplekind. This is a shameful situation, yet it is also appropriate to evaluate our society from the standpoint of what is wrong. Maybe our largest and most difficult problem to overcome in our society today is lack of concern. Once we overcome apathy as a society maybe all of our fellow citizens who are licensed to operate vehicles will keep their vehicles on the roads. The picture above shows the edge of the road which is at least twenty-two feet wide. Plenty of room to operate a vehicle and still have half of the road for oncoming traffic.
It certainly would appear so. Our society as a whole is primarily self-centered and is always looking out for themselves. Note, our society as a whole is the statement I made in the previous sentence. I am also well aware that we do have concerned citizens living among us. For this we can all be glad and happy, but the problem we all face is we do not have enough concerned citizens at all levels. I suspect that a fair number of concerned citizens are now deployed in our U.S. Military doing what needs to be done to insure our freedoms.
What we need is more citizens to cast of "apathy" in their self-centered lives and become involved in projects for the good of all.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I first acquired these lovely, very low maintenance plants in the early 90s after viewing them at the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta, Georgia one February. I was visiting Wheeler's Nursery on Gray Highway here in Middle Georgia and they have several for sale at $6.00 each. I quickly acquired seven of these lovely plants.
As I prepared for this blog post I ascertained that one on-line plant sales site had these plants for sale in three quart liners for $39.95.
I did a bit more internet research and acquired more information about this special plant. This Nursery in McDonough, Georgia has these plants. Their website is at: