Emory Lunch and Learn

Photo Courtesy of Emory

If you work in downtown Decatur and have a free lunch hour, Emory wants to expand your horizons!  Starting tomorrow  the University will host one talk each month for the remainder of the year branded as “Life of the Mind“. Each lecture starts at noon (and I assume runs about an hour).  See dates, location and lecture topics below.

From Emory’s Press Release…

Lectures will be held at noon in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. Visitor parking is available in the Fishburne deck, 1672 N. Decatur Road. For more information, call 404-727-6055.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
“Our Inner Ape: What Primate Behavior Teaches Us About Human Nature.” Frans de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior and director, Living Links Center, Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Wednesday, Nov. 7
“On the Origins of Evolution.” David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology

Wednesday, Dec. 5
“The Empty Set: Labor, Technology and the Transmogrification of 21st Century Cinema.” Eddy Von Mueller, faculty member, Emory Department of Film Studies

Decatur Needs More Golf Carts!


Photo Courtesy of U.S. News

How else will Decatur be expected to compete with Peachtree City’s national recognition as one of U.S. News and World Reports’ “Best Places to Retire”? I can see it now…Ponce lined not with bike lanes, but spacious golf cart lanes. We could build an “emerald necklace” of golf courses along Commerce and make smalltalk with Delta pilots every morning at Java Monkey.

This seems so obvious. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

Sembler Donation Tied to DeKalb Commissioner

Many Merry Hills and local residents (1,100 of them have signed their names) have been worried for months that Sembler’s proposed “Atlantic Station-lite” at N. Druid and Briarcliff will exacerbate an already horrific traffic problem at the intersection.

Anyone following this story knows that Sembler needs the DeKalb County Commission to rezone some of the land it has acquired to go ahead with its mixed-use design. Well, last Friday the AJC reported that Sembler had donated $20,000 to a cheerleading club (Vikings Spirit Booster Club) at Lakeside High School that has direct ties to DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer. Not only are both of Boyer’s girls cheerleaders at the school, but according to the AJC, Boyer herself is listed as a contact for the group. The icing on the cake is that the group didn’t even exist until this school year.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this story. Smells fishy to me.  The comments section over on GoDeKalb discussing another Boyer-related article speculates on the story…

DeKalb Dog/Cat Euthanization – Open Forum Tuesday in Decatur

Rep. Stan Watson will hold an open forum Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Holy Trinity Church at 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave, regarding dog and cat euthanization in DeKalb county. According to Watson “More dogs and cats are killed in Atlanta shelters than in the entire country of Great Britain,”. That’s a pretty shocking statement and I would welcome any elaboration on it in the comments section.

Conditions at the DeKalb Animal Shelter have been in the media spotlight since last year when two dogs died in hot trucks that lacked air-conditioning. CEO Jones wants to acquire new vans and is still seeking money from the state legislature to build a entirely new shelter facility.

Let’s hope this issue continues to be covered. Not only does the county need a new facility, but we all need to take more responsibility for our pets. Listen to Bob Barker and don’t be a backyard breeder.

North GA Water Ban

Up until now, county-by-county water restrictions have made residents of Fulton and Cobb quite envious of DeKalb’s more lenient 3 days a week schedule. Well all that changed yesterday! Residents of Fulton and Cobb rejoice! We are now all in the same metaphorical, dry-docked boat.

According to this morning’s AJC, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division has banned all outdoor water use in rain deprived North Georgia.

To be honest, I’m surprised it’s taken this long. As we’ve heard over the past couple weeks, this drought is now termed “exceptional” by state officials, which means it should only come around once a century. For now, commercial business water use hasn’t been curtailed. However, rumblings around the state suggest that the situation has become so dire that even businesses that rely on a steady flow from the tap may also soon be facing restrictions.

Yet another stark reminder that we are still very much dependent on Mother Nature to provide us with all the things that we normally take for granted.

Here’s a list of 49 ways to save water indoors too. One we’ve struggled with over the past few months is trying to breakout of the habit of prewashing our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. If you can’t stand the smell, use the quick rinse cycle on most dishwashers, it still uses less water than “prewashing”.

Creative Loafing: Best of Atlanta 2007


The question is never whether Decatur will make CL’s extensive, annual “Best of Atlanta” list, but where the city’s institutions will show up.

This year our city itself rated as Atlanta’s best suburb! In your face big, squared-off chicken! (Did anyone else see the Atlanta mag article pitting Michael Stipe against the Big Chicken? It was odd even without the comic rendering that went along with it)

No stranger to rave reviews, The Brick Store usually shows up in one form or another. This year the Decatur staple was highlighted for having the best beer selection, while its neighbor, Zocalo, rose above the competition to be rated as the top Mexican restaurant. The Decatur Book Festival and Books Again also made the list, highlighting our successful new festival and a favorite used book shop. Decatur also received art-related mentions for East Decatur Station’s Foundation One Gallery and local photographer Suellen Parker. Our blogging friends over at Decatur CD even picked up a nod for the best locale to buy used CDs.

Congrats again to all Decaturites who made or helped make this rather fickle and arbitrary, yet highly-addictive list!

DHS Newsmag Wins High School Journalism Award

For the third straight year, Decatur High School’s Carpe Diem Newsmagazine has won the prestigious George H. Gallup award for journalism. The school’s press release quotes a Quill and Scroll judge saying “You chose great topics to cover, you write extremely well, and you really seem to have a great grasp of contemporary magazine design. . . . I think your publication ‘flows’ remarkably well considering the wide variety of topics and approaches you take to your stories.”

Atlanta’s Grady High School was the only other Georgia high school to make the cut.

Though fellow high school students receive the publication for free, members of the community can also receive a subscription for $10 (electronic) or $15 (hard copy). These subscription fees help offset production costs. Call 404/370-4420 ext. 161 or email [email protected] to subscribe.