You can make a lifelong difference in an abused and neglected child’s life by becoming the child’s voice in the court system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Pamela Butler, a former CASA recipient who is now a college student, summed up CASA’s role nicely:
“When you’re young, no one listens to you. To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world.”
A brief history of CASA
CASA was conceived in 1976 by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup after he became frustrated about having to rule on decisions involving abused and neglected children without having sufficient information. Judge Soukup formulated a program, tapped into social resources, and raised funding to recruit and train a corp of community volunteers to act as the child’s voice by speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings.
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“World Without End” by Ken Follett has been on my reading list ever since it was published (October 2007). I read Ken Follett’s earlier book, “The Pillars of the Earth,” more than a decade ago and I enjoyed that book too.
I got the electronic version of the book several months ago, and I decided it was time to give it a read. I started the book last week and am about half way through it. I expected it to be a good read, but I did not expect it to be such a fabulous read – probably the best book I’ve read in years! I just wish I knew someone who was reading it too so I could talk about it with someone who is as captivated with the story as I am.
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One of Douglas County’s hidden gems is the Geltner Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. The Geltner Nature Preserve consists of 186 acres of pristine wilderness that fronts a portion of Anneewakee Road between Chapel Hill Road and Highway 92.
Its rolling hills, expansive forest of mature hardwoods, and it’s numerous waterways and wetlands provide an ideal sanctuary for deer, beavers, and a wide variety of birds.
Anneewakee Creek and Crooked Creek run through the property forming Lake Monroe. Beavers have created another lake by building an enormous dam that spans over 200 feet and is more than 50 years old. The beaver lake provides an undisturbed sanctuary for ducks, geese, blue heron and other wildlife.
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It’s July and the blueberries are ripe! We all know that the antioxidants in blueberries help to keep us healthy, and if you’ve been to the store lately, you’ve probably seen blueberries there for about $2.50 for a pint container.
Why not load up your kids and go pick some Georgia blueberries? I haven’t found a Douglas County blueberry farm, but I’ve confirmed that there are blueberries at the following Carroll County farms:
Garmon Family Farm
337 Old Four Notch Road
Whitesburg, GA 30185
Open: By appointment only
Garmon Family Farm is a small family farm that grows muscadines, scuppernongs, pears, apples, seasonal garden produce, herbs, free range eggs and flowers. Their seasonal garden produces heirloom and specialty vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, salad greens, oriental vegetables, okra, peppers, herbs, and chard.
The farm is open by appointment only, so call before heading out to pick blueberries (July) or Muscadines and Scuppernongs (late September – October).
Blueberries cost $10 per gallon. Cash only. Picking containers are provided. Call ahead for reservations.
Taylor Blueberry Farm
195 Clem Lowell Road
Carrollton, GA 30116
Open: Mondays-Saturdays from 7 am – 7 pm.
Blueberries cost $4.00 per gallon. Cash only. Picking and take-home containers are provided.
I listened to this book when I was gearing up to study the Dutch language in preparation for a trip to The Netherlands. I checked out the audio version of this book from the library.
The book has several great hints and techniques about how to approach learning a new language. I thought it was pretty good and I’ll probably check it out again and listen to it again.
I always enjoy a book whose characters stay with me after I’ve finished reading the story. The Secret of Lost Things is peopled with lots of unusual characters / misfits, if you will. A coming of age story with many unique twists and turns told in just enough poignant detail, it left me wanting more and I was sad to see the book end.
The book ended when it should have ended, but I can’t help but wonder what became of many of the characters in the story. A really great read and one that I recommend whole heartedly
Thelma brought the gorgeous tatted banquet size table cloth that her mother made
a couple of closer views of this tatted masterpiece
and a tatted butterfly, also made by Thelma’s mother.
The book did not start well for me, but I found the storyline to be quite intriguing. Unfortunately, the book didn’t get any better and eventually fell apart at about the halfway point. I stuck with it until I was more than 3/4th of the way through it when I decided I just couldn’t take it anymore and stopped reading. I found the book to be tedious for several reasons:
- I didn’t care for the writing style
- The story became very boring
- There were far too many gratuitous sexual encounters that didn’t have anything to do with or add anything to the storyline. The encounters appeared to be interjected throughout the book at the author’s fancy.
- I was put off by the overuse of the “F” word and
- The characters were not well developed and were very superficial, so I didn’t care about any of the main characters in the story.
Luckily, I didn’t buy the book. I checked the electronic version of the book out of the Library, so now I can just delete it from my eReader and move on to, hopefully, a better read. I’m sorry for the time I wasted trying to get through this book, but at least I didn’t waste any money on it and since it was electronic, I don’t even have to think about how to dispose of it. There’s a small comfort!
The NeedleNerds are a friendly group of knitters, crocheters, tatters, spinners, weavers, embroiderers, needlepointers, and all around needlers who live around Douglas County, Georgia. We welcome stitchers of all skill levels. Our meetings are informal and there are no membership fees. Beginners are always welcome!
We meet at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of every month except for Mondays that fall on a holiday weekend, like New Year’s, Independence, or Labor Day, when we meet on the second Monday of the month. I post meeting reminders to our Facebook page and on Twitter.
The NeedleNerds are currently meeting at the Coffee Fever Roasters, 6716 W. Broad Street, Douglasville, GA 30134. We’ll be the obvious group of needlers sitting in the middle of the restaurant.
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