I grew up in the Sixties in a small Southwest Georgia farming town, but the world that my big sister, big brothers and the media brought to our living room — MAD magazine and Rocky & Bullwinkle, Vietnam and Birmingham, Dallas and Memphis, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, the Chad Mitchell Trio and The Beatles, The Four Tops and Miss Ross — formed the IntownWriter (for better or worse).
I spent 30+ years working in the Atlanta media community, including 25 years in the local PBS and NPR world as a media and community relations rep. I went on to work as a freelance as a writer, editor and project manager. I once wrote this blog frequently, and was involved in a variety of neighborhood, political and community activities. Now I live in rural southwest Georgia and keep myself to myself, but I still have my eye on Atlanta and my attention on the issues that are meaningful to me.
I don’t take myself seriously, but there are institutions and ideals that I take very seriously: public radio and television, the survival of real local journalism, our criminal “justice” system, children’s rights and the future of Atlanta – and our state – are just a few. I’m fed up with seeing important Atlanta institutions being dismantled or ruined by ignorance, hubris, narrow-mindedness and/or greed.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Andrei Codrescu: “He who speaks the truth must keep his horse saddled.” I’ve had a few gallops in my time, and I look forward to many more.