(this part written late on 4/4/20): April 5, 2020, 40 years since R.E.M. played their first show-- no band name yet, hadn't decided yet, at Kathleen O'Brien's birthday party at the old St Mary's church in Athens GA on Oconee Street on the way down the hill toward the river. I wasn't there-- even then … Continue reading April 5th is a very special day to lots of people, 1980 – 2020 . . .
Sad news on Tuesday in Seattle, Athens and around the world wherever anyone was lucky enough to know Bill Rieflin. I adored him as an extraordinary musician, a complete gentleman and a gentle soul. And a true friend to his fellow travelers. Bill was a lifer, an accomplished musician known for his work with Ministry, … Continue reading Remembering Bill Rieflin, 1960-2020
So Mike Bloomberg will be in the debate tomorrow night, that's new news. Here's a suggestion for Mike to "get it done" (Probably just a thought experiment, but maybe....) Take the billions he’s budgeted for his vanity campaign— divide the assets into two piles, one half to dedicated to attack/counter-misinformation ads and social media deployed … Continue reading A Gentle Suggestion for Mike Bloomberg, who wants to “Get It Done”
CCSD and Athens Education friends: In the holiday week's swirl of information and conjecture about the current state of things in the governance of our local public schools, I think this most recent article in the Flagpole from a few days ago has not received appropriate attention: https://berto.fyi/33FiLOg Blake Aued is in his nothing-but-the-facts mode … Continue reading Sunday morning reflections on an important week for CCSD
Due to a volunteer opportunity, I won’t be there for the school board meeting tonight (but I guess I'll watch it on YouTube sometime tomorrow). I hope many other people go and participate in this ket local part of American democracy, the school board responsible for the most important public task of all— educating the … Continue reading Questions I’d Like to Ask at Tonight’s School Board Meeting, November 21, 2019