I know that it is very hard to not be affected by the dark authoritarian moods creeping into our minds and concepts of what the United States of America is supposed to be. I know it is difficult, and rather than hope, we need to actively stand up to the disgrace that besets our democracy. Let that thought play out, and let's do what we need to do rather than cower down in fear. So, what is it that I am in need of sending out today? I thought that I would pass on to you "(y'all)" what contributed to the move that my family made to move from Georgia back to California after we retired. We both grew up in California, and were steeped in the culture and values of a very diverse and changing society, and living through some of the pains and gains of change. We moved to Georgia because Delta was kind enough to both of us to offer continuing employment, after the acquisition of Western Airlines, if we were to move to Atlanta. We moved, and raised our son there, who went through the public school system in Peachtree City, Fayette County, Georgia. We never did quite assimilate to the change of culture or values, but we were able to survive through the good friendships and bright spots of some associations with others. However, after our son told us that after he had completed college in California, worked for a couple of years, and then received his double masters degree from UCLA that he was never going to move back to Georgia....well Lynne and I tried to make a go of remaining after our retirements, in the house that we moved into in 1987. We made the decision in 2010 that we just had to move back to California, and we did by finding a home in Claremont, and have had a wonderful and very enjoyable life so far when we moved into our present home in 2011. So, here is a news item that caught our attention this morning, that highlights some of our reasoning as to why we moved back; the discomfort of intolerance. Adairsville, Georgia is about 70 miles north of Atlanta, which makes it about 100 miles north of Peachtree City. This is just an example of what we found in any direction north, south, east, or west of us. It was discomforting to us, even though it did not directly affect us. Rather than go into it more in detail, I will just leave that there for now. This incident in Adairsville , happened recently, and I am sure that it can be found anywhere you might look (even out here in the west, but not as brazen):
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
- Kris Kristofferson