(Photo by Joeff Davis)
StoryCorps the independent nonprofit that's recorded the stories of more than 40,000 people is celebrating the first annual "National Day of Listening" today.
This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they wont ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.
It's warm and fuzzy and will get you into heaven. But it's also a great idea. I talked to my grandmother last night on the phone and she told me about the prejudice she faced as a young German immigrant in New York City. That and that "everything's going to get worse, Thomas." Love ya, nanny!
For more info about "National Day of Listening," visit the site. They've got a do-it-yourself kit posted as well as a guideline.
U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Jim Martin released a new ad today that says incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss voted against bills that would help military veterans.
Since taking office in 2003, the ad says, Chambliss has voted 23 times against increasing funding for veteran's health care programs. The ad also says the senator voted against the latest GI bill for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that would provide full educational benefits to soliders upon their return.
I'll update the post when I hear back from Chambliss' campaign. Expect a blitz of these ads leading up to Tuesday's runoff.
I'll let them say it:
How could we let Thanksgiving end without sharing C.S.A. Colonel Saxby Chambliss and familys warm regards? What a lovely surprise! And the children! They tell us to vote for their Big Daddy, gross. Big Daddy responds with a white-knuckled clench of the little girls breast.
Is it just me, or has our state's senior Senator been going to a tanning bed? On my computer it looks like he's got a goggles tan.
It's Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving hangover where we begin the annual ritual of creating creative ways to use leftover turkey. Hopefully, we'll be so tired of turkey by next Tuesday that we won't elect one to the U.S. Senate. Sean Quinn of the great FiveThirtyEight site, did a compelling analysis before the Presidential election, based on what he saw at local campaign headquarters that he visited across the country. In short, Obama's swirled with activity while J-Mac's were largely either closed or deserted. Quinn is in Georgia and stopped by Martin's office in Gwinnett County Obama's field workers were there with a beehive of activity. Can Jim Martin shock the world?
The folks at Down Right remain confident the Big Sax Machine will roll to victory. He's got the money, he's got the world's greatest Tina Fey impersonator coming down and there's the annoying fact that Martin has all the charisma of a rock.
All that has served to make the Sax Machine's people more than a little arrogant. As Amy at Georgia Women Vote notes, the incumbent's chief strategist has labeled Martin as "insignificant." He also compared Martin to his dog. But does that dog have any bite?
The media was all over the water shortage last year, but now it's yesterday's news. Funny thing, though. As Chad at Atlanta Water Shortage notes, Lake Lanier is about to reach an all-time low, which isn't good news for those of us who consume its waters.
And, finally, for those of you who still get your music from the radio, Gray at Left On Lanier has discovered a cool site for you. Type in your favorite station's call letters, and the station's play list is a click away.
Me neither, but it's still amusing.
1) The Santaland Diaries opens at Horizon Theatre.
2) The Last Waltz Ensemble plays Smith's Olde Bar.
3) The Sound of Music opens at the Center Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center.
4) Anthony Hamilton performs at Center Stage.
5) Mannheim Steamroller plays the Fox Theatre.
(Photo courtesy Horizon Theatre Company)
Here's a round-up of meals across town for those less inclined to DIY -- details, including prices and specific menu items, at omnivoreatl.com.
Atkins Park Tavern Virginia-Highland: traditional family-style Thanksgiving dinner
Chima: traditional Thanksgiving dinner, plus a selection of meats and fish
Food 101 in Morningside and Sandy Springs: Southern-inspired three-course Thanksgiving dinner
Grand Ballroom at Atlanta Grill: Thanksgiving brunch
Imperial Fez: Moroccan turkey and full menu
Legal Sea Foods: Full menu and traditional holiday favorites
Lobby at Twelve: Thanksgiving buffet
Melting Pot: four-course Thanksgiving dinner
Park 75: Thanksgiving brunch
Room at Twelve: Thanksgiving buffet
Spice Market-Atlanta: prix fixe holiday menu
Ted's Montana Grill: traditional Thanksgiving dinner
Villa Christinas: Thanksgiving brunch
If your belly isnt full enough to prevent you from donning your dancing shoes, Lennys is hosting its Whoa Dance Party, the Star Bar has a Turkey Day Massacre, the Earl has Turkey Day Rock Night, and Macys will hold the annual Lighting of the Great Tree at Lenox Square.
If the idea of listening to a redheaded journalist on Thanksgiving Eve sounds appealing, you're in luck.
I'll be on 1420 AM at 6:05 p.m. tonight and until God knows when to talk about Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff between incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democratic candidate Jim Martin. Also up for discussion will be my most recent piece about the race.
If you want to participate, call (404) 292-1420.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is known for his street-smart tactics and now, his sense of humor. He's also missing the most expressive finger on his right hand thanks to an on-the-job incident at Arby's. (Seriously.)
Earlier today, someone posted this image on the Tumblr social network, adding that it was sent by a friend who works on The Hill in D.C.
Emanuel's offices were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday so we couldn't confirm if this was his handiwork. If it's a prank, well played, my Beltway friend!
(Screenshot from Tumblr)
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