A memorial service will be held
10AM this Saturday 21 June 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church,
3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee,
with a reception at the church following the service.
Elsie blog page for many more stories and pictures of Aunt Elsie.
Here is video of the 11 April 2008 dedication of the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival at Cedars of Lebanon State Park,
posted on YouTube 29 January 2009 by the MTSU Center for Cedar Glade Studies.
From solar electric fences to selling solar power for profit,
John S. Quarterman will talk about
solar opportunities for farmers and some legal hurdles,
South Georgia Growing Local 2014:
Why solar power is the fastest growing industry in the world
and how to apply it to agriculture.
Financing is the main obstacle.
Some ways to get financing,
and at least one law that could be changed to help with that.
This lecture/ workshop will explore making yarn, thread, and cloth.
Preparing the natural fiber, the hand spinning process, and
weaving will be demonstrated. There will be a hands-on
introduction to many different natural fibers and a discussion of
their individual characteristics which may be used to enhance a
final cloth. A few spindles and wool will be available if you would
like to try out what you have learned . Inexpensive spinning and
weaving tools that are easy to make will be discussed so you can get
spinning and weaving right away. Though the emphasis in this hour
and a half is on spinning for weaving, discussion will also include
spinning for knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, embroidery, and
sewing. Come and join us and learn to turn your cotton fields, pet
hair, sheep wool, and other fabulous fibers into unique cloth that
your friends will admire.
This is why there is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
in the U.S.:
food deliberately engineered to make people eat until they get fat.
Georgia is not quite one of the fattest states,
but Lowndes County is one of the fattest counties.
There is something we can do, even while Big Food
continues to act like Big Tobacco.
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis
pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and
discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies.
Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills
and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the
C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare,
private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity
epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial,
the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by
their skill in fighting one another for what they called
“stomach share” — the amount of digestive space
that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
James Behnke, a 55-year-old executive at Pillsbury, greeted the men
as they arrived. He was anxious but also hopeful about the plan that
he and a few other food-company executives had devised to engage the
C.E.O.’s on America’s growing weight problem. “We were very
concerned, and rightfully so, that obesity was becoming a major
issue,” Behnke recalled. “People were starting to talk
about sugar taxes, and there was a lot of pressure on food
companies.” Getting the company chiefs in the same room to Continue reading →
“If you haven’t heard what’s happening with seeds, let me tell you.
They’re disappearing, about like every damn thing else. . . . But
I’m not going to talk about anything that’s going to make us feel
hopeless, or despairing, because there’s no despair in a seed.”
Other awards for The Seed Underground:
Gold Award of Achievement for Best Book Writing from the Garden Writers Association
Nautilus Book Awards Gold Winner: Green Living
Booklist’s Top Ten Crafts and Gardening Books of 2012
American Society of Journalists and Authors Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference
American Horticultural Society Book Award
Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association
Monsanto knew PCBs were toxic as it manufactured almost all of them,
much like Roundup now.
Monsanto drenched the town of Anniston, Alabama in PCBs and never told them.
Guess where that pipeline through Georgia from Alabama to Florida starts?
That’s right: Anniston, Alabama.
My father told me about the circus elephant that escaped in Valdosta and
ran as far north as Cat Creek, a few miles from where we live,
going on 111 years ago.
My great-aunt Evalyn told us more; she was 17 when it happened
and about 97 when she told us where she was then living in Texas.
It seems she got it mostly right, although it’s not clear exactly what the right story is.
The story of Gypsy the elephant is one of Valdosta’s most bizarre
and notable stories. In 1902 Gypsy, a large Asian elephant who
belonged to the Harris-Nickle-Plate circus, killed her trainer,
broke free, and went on a rampage in Valdosta before eventually
being brought down north of town by the chief or police. At the
time, the incident was so peculiar that people in surrounding towns
accused the citizens of Valdosta of fabricating the entire story for
Our old family neighbor Albert Pendleton (from when we all lived
on Varnedoe Street in Valdosta; way before my time), added: Continue reading →