Author: Joe Earle

Head for the Hills: Atlanta resident trades corporate world for trout streams

Natalie Sharp’s introduction to fishing came on big boats in the deep salt waters off Florida when she was growing up. But about 17 years ago, when she lived in Atlanta, she decided to try something a bit different. She was traveling a lot then as a consultant to dental practices. She needed a break from the road, so she headed to the north Georgia mountains. Eventually, she bought a home and settled in near Blue Ridge. She’d always wanted to learn to fly fish, so she hired a guide to teach her how and started walking nearby mountain...

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Around Town: In Trump era, a Democratic women’s group thrives

This is not your father’s political group. It doesn’t raise funds or hand out contributions to candidates. Its founders don’t deny their partisanship, but they don’t see themselves as practicing politics in the usual way, either. They call their group a “salon,” the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon. “We didn’t know what else to call it,” co-founder Joanie Shubin said. “We don’t mean a hair salon,” co-founder Valerie Habif quickly added. No, their salon would be one of the old style, a place for talking and for learning about issues and politics. “It was really to gather like-minded people,” Habif...

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Community Survey: The importance of women on the ballot

More women candidates are appearing on ballots this summer and fall, and a substantial majority of the respondents to our most recent 1Q.com community survey found that to be a good thing. Asked whether they thought increased representation by women was an important consideration when they voted, 70 percent of the 200 respondents said a candidate’s gender was very important or mattered a little. Just three in 10 said gender made no difference. And the gender of the person answering the question seemed to matter in determining her or his answer. About two thirds of the people who answered...

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Commentary: Librarians recommend their summer beach reads

Summer’s approaching and the time is right for reading on the beach. Martha and the Vandellas may have called everyone out for a bit of dancing in the streets, but summertime’s the right time for other things, too. Consider a good “summer read.” Grab a beach umbrella, a cold drink and a good book. What’s a better way to take a break from the heat? But, what to read? We turned to our local book experts. Here are works they recommend for a diversion during the hot days to come. Dea Anne Martin Senior library specialist at the Brookhaven...

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Community Survey: Vacations and ‘staycations’

The summer vacation season is coming and respondents to our most recent community survey appear say they plan to get away this year for a little rest-and-relaxation. They just may not go as far as they did last year. Nearly 11 percent of the 200 respondents said this year they plan to take a “staycation,” a vacation at home. That’s up from just 4 percent of the respondents to a similar survey in 2017. And 19 percent said they would travel abroad. Last year, 29 percent of the respondents said they planned international travel. The survey of residents of...

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