Telling the Story of Selena Butler Park, Part 2

May 24, 2011

Almost everyone I’d interviewed for the Selena Butler Park story had mentioned her. She was clearly famous in that little corner of Atlanta. And every reference to Helene Mills was quickly followed up by a smile, a nod, and an

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Warning: This Video May Make You Cry

May 20, 2011

Despite the fact that they really were work related, I still felt a twinge of guilt about all of the online videos I watched while working on the May issue. Perhaps it’s a generational thing or maybe it’s just my

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A Wide Open Playing Field

May 20, 2011

It starts like a joke in possibly poor taste “So a rabbi and a blonde are playing basketball, and the rabbi says…”   I met Rabbi Brenner on a beautiful spring day at one of the newest and largest parks

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Parks for the Young at Heart

May 17, 2011

It’s always fun playing the what if game. As in, what if you fell asleep on a park bench in 1980 and woke up in 2011. What might you see? Kids cavorting on skateboards traversing impossibly steep and contoured ramps.

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Reinventing the Wheel

May 13, 2011

“There is something seriously wrong with that boy,” I thought to myself as I watched my nephew furiously pedaling his bike around and around my brother in law’s house in Bend, Oregon, last Christmas. Around the house and up and

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Build it and They Will Come

May 10, 2011

Like the baseball field in the movie Field of Dreams, a new park is as much a dream of its creator as its users, since they essentially are one and the same. How could it be any other way? After

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Telling the Story of Selena Butler Park

May 6, 2011

I’ve always been a sucker for a good story. And I don’t mean that in a strictly journalistic sense. I just love and appreciate a strong narrative thread—wherever I find it. An intriguing beginning, an edge of the seat middle,

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May 5, 2011

On Monday, September 19, 2011, President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Obama unveiled his proposal on how to pay for the American Jobs Act (AJA, no bill number yet) as part of his overall plan for deficient reduction. The “Plan

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A Place at the Table

May 3, 2011

There’s a school of thought in physics that the era of great discoveries by individuals – the Newtons and Einsteins, if you will—has passed. Current knowledge is so complex and so voluminous that the only way forward will be through

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