Freedom and Consequence Now Available for Kindle

freedom_and_consequences_cover_lo_resFreedom and Consequence is now available in Kindle format! Fifteen stories about people facing difficult choices or dealing with the consequences of choices made. Just as every action has a reaction, every decision has a consequence. How will these people deal with those consequences.

Available in paperback, Kindle, and as a Kindle Matchbook selection!

Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA, 12 April 2015

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Some shots from the 2015 Dogwood Festival in Atlanta, GA, held in Piedmont Park.

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Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

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Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA 22 April 2015, #3Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist from Mali, in West Africa, played Terminal West in Atlanta on 22 April. I had the good fortune to see his father, Ali Farka Toure play at the Variety Playhouse in 1999 or 2000, so I was pleased to be able to see Vieux play this year.

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Like his father before him, Vieux Farka Toure’s playing is a combination of Mississippi Delta Blues with traditional West African rhythms, for a sound like no other.

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Ali Farka Toure passed on in 2006, but Vieux picked up where his father left off and forged his own course, earning critical acclaim in his own right. For more info, check out his website at vieuxfarkatoure.com.

One Atlantic Center, Atlanta, GA, 12 April 2015

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One of my favorite little green spaces in Atlanta is the small park that’s just behind One Atlantic Center at 14th Street and West Peachtree. It’s totally surprising as one is walking along to encounter the meandering path with it’s colorful benches and circular water fountain in the shadow of the impressive architecture of One Atlantic Center.

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Whenever I’m headed South from the Arts Center MARTA station, particularly if I’m headed to Piedmont Park, I always take the detour through the park rather than walking to the corner. I think most can see why. Spring is especially nice with the trees in bloom.

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

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My friend, Alyse Black was in town Tuesday, 14 April and performed at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA.

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I met Alyse in 2008 when she performed at the Five Spot in Little Five Points, and have been following her career ever since. She’s a great singer and songwriter, and her live shows are always very energetic and a lot of fun.

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Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015, #6

She’s recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and is in the studio putting the finishing touches on her next album. If her previous work is any indication, this one should be excellent.

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015, #7

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015, #7

To find out more, check out her site at alyseblack.com!

Talmadge Eugene Lupo, 1933-1995

51_tel_class_portrait_01Remembering my father, Talmadge Eugene Lupo (13 April 1933 – 5 April 1995) on what would have been his 82nd birthday. He was born thirty years and one week before I was.

He graduated high school in Homerville, GA in 1951.

telupo_airforce_09He served two terms in the U.S. Air Force throughout the 1950s, stationed in West Germany.

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He and my mother, Emily, were married 18 August 1961 in Atlanta, GA, where he was attending Atlanta Law School.

61_aug_tel_south_georgiaApr13086My father worked for the City of East Point for over twenty years, starting out as a meter reader, and moving over to the Water Department as a plant operator in the 70s. I have many memories of him there.

He was an active member of Park Street Methodist Church, where he served in every official capacity other than minister. People who knew him there always remarked on his knowledge of the Bible.

Apr28179My parents were married for thirty-three years.

EPSON042At the time of his death in 1995, he had three sons, and one granddaughter. Shown above, granddaughter Christina