How I ended up learning to drive at 39

I thought I would live in Chicago until the day I died. But life has a way of forcing you to improvise, to adjust, to do things you never imagined. For me, a lifelong Midwesterner, one of the greatest adjustments involved learning to drive.

Essay: I’m glad my kids go to Atlanta Public Schools

I admit I was irked three years ago when my son—then in the second grade and still the bluest-eyed, palest-skinned kid you’ll ever meet—announced that he wanted to be called Francisco. Francis, the name we gave him at birth, and Frankie, the nickname he wore so adorably, were both out.
Ramblin' Raft Race

The man who made us float: A tribute to Larry Patrick

When I walked into Larry Patrick’s giant jumble of a house in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, back in early April, summer was already palpable: the summers of 1969 all the way through 1980. Images of those twelve summers, the best of Larry’s life, filled the walls of the house that had been in his family since the 1920s, on land settled back in the 18th century, long before anyone could have conceived of such a strange and wonderful thing as a raft race.

The real problem with Georgia’s Kindergarten cut-off

Kindergarten cut-off dates vary throughout the country. Georgia has long been part of a large pack of states with a September 1 cutoff, although a new bill may change that. Lawmakers have proposed moving the date up one month to August 1 for the 2016-2017 school year, and then to July 1 beginning in 2017-2018. In other parts of the country, the cut-off date is as early as June 1.

Commentary: Growing up Jewish in the South

While other kids talked about the Easter Bunny and a Sunday spent gorging on chocolate eggs, I prepared for Passover Seder and dreaded eating matzo, a bland cracker with all the flavor of cardboard—for seven days.

Commentary: Criminal justice reform in Georgia cannot end with Governor Deal

Sara Totonchi and Marissa McCall Dodson of the nonprofit law firm Southern Center for Human Rights on how the next governor of Georgia must continue Governor Nathan Deal's mission of criminal justice reform.
Oprah Winfrey Stacey Abrams Atlanta Election 2018

Commentary: Why Oprah’s appearances with Stacey Abrams resonated so loudly—especially with Georgia women

Publications as geographically and ideologically diverse as the Guardian, Fox News, Variety, the Hill, and others ran stories or segments about Oprah Winfrey’s campaign appearances with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Yet regardless of the depth of coverage, the two events held in auditoriums in the Atlanta suburbs likely impacted the local crowds in a much deeper way than what could be conveyed to national viewers.
Gold Dome

Commentary: Why Georgia’s most important decision on Election Day isn’t Trump or Clinton

The outcome of the vote on Amendment 3 will determine the survival of a little known, but critically important state entity known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (the “JQC”).

Commentary: The core problem with Cobb

It can’t have been easy to be a Cobb resident this week. Since Monday’s surprise announcement of the Braves’ impending relocation to a vacant lot near Cumberland Mall, the prevailing attitude from the rest of the metro area has been: Effing *Cobb*. Those highway-worshipin’, Applebees-eatin’ suburbanites spit in the face of progress [time][1] and [again][2], then steal our baseball team.

A child of South Carolina, and the complicated legacy of the Confederate flag

Some people learn the true history and change. Others live with the myth and perpetuate hate and discrimination, and, in its darkest form, violence.

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