Sunday, April 30, 2017

On Kindness

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Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Naomi Shihab Nye
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet And Sleazy Dessert Speakeasy: Act III

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Huge thank you to everyone who showed up this weekend! We raised $7,600 for Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. Mara B. Collins and I are overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who attended, and especially to those of you who donated your time and talents.
Amanda Plumb

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sweet And Sleazy Dessert Speakeasy: Act I

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As much fun to say as it is to attend, the Atlanta Harm Reduction's annual fundraiser opened Friday in East Atlanta. Those of you who missed it have a second chance tonight. Or maybe you should double down by going both nights. Says Amanda, "Bring a date! Bring the whole family! Tell everyone you know! Last year we raised over $7,000 for AHRC and we want to top that this year! So we need as many sweet tooths as possible!" Please follow this link to rsvp via facebook.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Vote For Vivian

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Atlanta desinger Vivian Clifton has two items featured on BetaBrand. Please follow the link to vote for this Glamour Fleece Shirt, and her versatile {Bomb)shell. Says she of her tunic, "I kept looking for a sweater that would be incredibly comfortable, and warm, and flattering, and would be long enough to wear with leggings, and couldn't find anything."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet And Sleazy Dessert Speakeasy

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Amanda Plumb is one of those outsize personalities whose mission it is to do good in the world. Her annual fund raiser for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition takes place Friday and Saturday evenings this week. Come to her cosy, East Atlanta abode, and feast upon the more than twenty dessert creations lovingly presented with bar and table service. There will be more than twenty-five raffle prizes awarded each night. See you there !

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DIY Dressing In Little Five Points

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She made the dress without using a pattern. The bit of white ribbon adds a flourish all its own to her bag.
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