Google+ Georgia On My Mind: September 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Georgia Carnival: Edition 19

Welcome to the 19th edition of the Georgia Carnival. Please support these fine Georgia bloggers by letting them know you have visited them with a comment. Your continued support with your links and shout-outs at your site helps to alert others to what we Georgia bloggers have to offer.

The next carnival will be hosted here two weeks from today.

If you would like to host the carnival at your site e-mail me to set up a date. It’s a great way to put your own personal spin on the carnival. Past host blogs include Provocative Church, Grasping For the Wind, Blog For Democracy,Got Bible?, and What a Concept!

The last edition of the Georgia carnival can be found at What a Concept!, and the carnival archives are found here.

Now… on to the highlights of Georgia blogging during the past two weeks:

Georgia Bloggers Receive a Well Deserved Nod

I’ve been a little preoccupied of late with various duties such as attempting to be a child of God, wife, mother, teacher, and writer so I was late in knowing that Creative Loafing had published their Best of Atlanta, 2007 list, however, it was just in time for the carnival, and it seems there were a few nods to a few of our Georgia bloggers.

Blogging isn’t easy especially if you have a “life”. Only those involved in the process know the effort it takes to continuously update a blog with information, musings, and sometimes just plain goofy gaggle that others might want to read and view.

My first inkling that the list was out was when I visited The M Theory and read his hearty congratulations to Grift Drift from Drifting Through the Grift in his post Creative Loafing Gets One Right. Yes, they certainly did!

The information over at Creative Loafing provides their explanation for naming Grift Drift as Atlanta’s Best Blogger. It states:

Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political, legal and media hypocrisy surrounding the Genarlow Wilson case. When the U.S. attorney in Atlanta ripped the Douglas County prosecutor for having distributed a video of Wilson and an underaged girl having sex, his statement was uncannily similar to the ones GriftDrift had been making for weeks.

Creative Loafing also gave a nod to Peach Pundit as best political blog by stating, Peach Pundit’s stable of insiders also occaisionally scoops the news wires and dailies, especially during the General Assembly. Simply put, if it involves politics in Georgia, someone’s talking about it---and you can, too---on Peach Pundit.

Braves Journal, Kiss Atlanta, Cable and Tweed and Thoughtmarker also received recognition from Creative Loafing.


Standing Up and Fighting For Your Rights

Hope of Georgia is a website for Homeowners Opposing Power-line Encroachment. Perhaps you saw the news reports here and here regarding Ms. Worley, a Barrow County grandmother, who is being threatened by eminent domain. She was subjected to arrest and everything that goes along with it, for attempting to speak to someone who was on her property. See the press release here.

When Dale Cardwell was a reporter he was always at the ready to help a citizen in need. Now that he’s a bona fide politician are things still the same? Facing the Sharks is asking, “Dear Dale Cardwell, will you help me?

The State of Education in Georgia

The Education Wonks is not a Georgia blog, however, this week EdWonks posted an excerpt from an AJC editorial regarding education reform. Lord knows we need some. Maybe you missed it……Read The Free-Radical Approach to Edureform. What do you think of former Governor Roy Barnes and Charles Knapp’s ideas on how our schools should change?

If we are going to change the way we teach our students to meet the demands of the 21st century then it is clear our teacher education programs must also change. This is a serious issue, however, there are some humorous things you need to know before being a teacher that the ed schools don’t tell you either. Fellow teacher Splitcat Chintzibobs provides Things They Don’t Teach You in Teacher School Part One and Part Two

Power to the people! Sit-ins, Make Love Not War!, and other 60s jargon---language from days gone by, right? Savannah Red has discovered that protest demonstrations are alive and well on college campuses including Georgia Tech.

Peaches and Purls provides some insight into the wild world of teaching and how students today react to violent tragedies.

The Other Athens is discussing school accreditation

Political and Social Issues

Blackwater…….Just the name sounds like a group with evil intent. Liberal Lucidity provides the path to more information.

Spacey Gracey advises former President Bill Clinton went angry on Anderson Cooper’s show last night about the ad….the ad that keeps on giving. See her take on it here and see Erick’s point of view on “that Cleland ad” here.

“America is lost and dislocated because we have moved the landmarks of our liberty.” Interesting comment…..Otter at Grasping for the Wind shares Notes: A Sermon by Hon. Governor Mike Huckabee. This is a sermon he gave at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia a few days ago.

I know that the Jena 6 have been on many minds in Georgia lately, however, there was an important anniversary this week. Another History Blog posted an important image from the event….an image that any student of American History has seen over and over. Our friendly professor provides the image and information regarding something you may have wondered about. I always had.

A brand new blogger, George Warren, wants us to think about it. Head on over and welcome this brand new blogger and check out some of his other postings.

How many times in recent days have you head the words mortage, foreclosure, and housing market said on the news? Red Clay Commerce weighs in with Fraud, Fraud, Laudering, and Fraud.

Speaking of affordable housing The Other Athens says Not!

What about mortages and money issues? Everything Finance Blog offers Features That Decrease the Resale Value of Your Home and Saving For Kids College Education

The issues can be so frustrating…..let’s move on to ----

Art and Other Diversions

Amo provides Dogwood for us to gaze upon and even possible purchase. Even online it looks soooooo real.

Bloggyvision has some great Bill Dance outtakes. Bloopers with a fishin’ pole and bass boat…..

Idle Minutes shares a view of Rose Hips.

Maggie and Bandit want you to know it’s almost time for the Savannah Wiener Dawg Races

Having a picnic at Oakland Cemetary…It sounds like a blast….a blast from the past. Ok, bad teacher humor, I know. Ashes and Glass makes its carnival debut with Friends in Cemetaries. Check the picture out….the thrift reminds me of my grandmother.

I’m not sure if I would classify Michael Vick as a diversion anymore. The whole story has become as irritating as a gnat buzzing around your ear….Of Eagles and Dawgs states the ESPN Town Hall Meeting was a sad, colossal waste of time.

The next edition of the carnival will be found at here on October 12th. Posts can be sent to or use the handy submission form.Thanks for your continued support of the Georgia Carnival!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Yikes, the Carnival Is Tomorrow!

I’ll be taking submissions for the Georgia Carnival until 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The 19th carnival will post sometime between five and seven p.m.

Send your submissions to or use the handy submission form.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Finally....a New Post and a Few New Blogroll Additions

In my attempt to get back to normal around here I'm throwing a few new blogroll additions at you. Enjoy!

Look for a couple of these sites in this week's Georgia Carnival. It will post this Friday. Have you sent me your submission?

Ashes and Glass-Salmongirl is a Chicago girl turned Atlantan; a wannabe Amy Sedaris walking the fine line between lobbyist, domestic goddess, and groupie. She also states she has a serious weakness for run-on sentences and half-priced wine nights.

Low Dog World-read the adventures of two Savannah Dachshunds with their own ankle-high view of the world.

Divine Wisdom at Work-an interesting blog that entertains and inspires those who want to use universal principals like the law of attraction, visualization, affirmations, and gratitude to achieve their goals.

Atlanta Artnews-a great find! Art news, reviews, etc.

Blissful Glutton-the simple description “your guide to eating in Atlanta” does not do this site justice…..wonderful pictures and prose from a freelance writer who also writes a monthly column for the Atlanta Intown Paper.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Georgia Carnival 18

If you are looking for the Georgia Carnival it’s on the road visting over at What a Concept!

Sherry has done a great job hosting and has found a few blogs I didn’t even know about.

Go enjoy all the 18th edition has to offer, and don't forget to thank your hostess with a comment and a link back to the carnival. :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

History Is Elementary Hosts Education Carnival

Find out what is hot and what is not in the edublogosphere over at my curriculum blog, History Is Elementary.
I'm hosting the 136th Education Carnival.
It's better than any education journal I could ever subscribe to.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wanted: Your Submissions!

Just a quick notice and reminder:

*The 18th Georgia Blog Carnival will be posted sometime this Friday September 14th over at What a Concept!

You can submit a post from another blog you think is interesting, timely, or exceptional in some way, or submit one of your own.

Submissions are due by Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Use the carnival submission form or send the permalink to

Thanks for supporting the Georgia Carnival. It's a great way to advertise your blog!

Please accept my many thanks to those of you who mentioned the last carnival at your site. Those links seem to help….during the summer the carnival readership increased substantially and many people have asked to be listed on the blogroll. This helps readers inside and outside the state of Georgia to find YOUR blog to read and enjoy.

Let me know if you would like to host the carnival at some point at your site.

Mind the teacher now…and get those submissions in!

Photo Credit: Map of Georgia, 1859 From the Cumming Map Society

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Blogroll Additions

The following sites have been added to the blogroll here at Georgia On My Mind:

Baby Boomer Insights- Marilynn Mobley has already entertained us before with her great marketing posts in past Georgia Carnivals. She is now primarily writing about Baby Boomers at her new site called Baby Boomer Insights. Please visit if you’re interested in learning how Boomers think, act, and make purchases. I look forward to having some of Marilynn’s posts return to the carnival.

Marketing Through the Clutter-A marketing manager who takes a consumer’s view on what hits home and what misses the mark.

A Day in the Life-E-mom states she’s from Bumpf…, Georgia. Hey, I know exactly where that is. Under “About Me” she states there is nothing to tell, but I think she’s wrong…hence the blog.

I Will Take It Lord, All You Have to Give-A Christian Mom’s Journey

Southern Plein Air Painters-From this site---Plein air painters are inspired by nature capturing the everchanging light is our passion---and our challenge.

This twelve member site has beautiful artwork that you can purchase. Seven of the artists live in Georgia including BJ. Her personal blog, Foothills and Highlands, was added to the blogroll last week.

Don’t forget the Georgia Carnival…The current edition can be seen here.

The next edition will post September 14th over at What a Concept!

Forward your submissions to or use the handy submission form!
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