30 January 2008
ANAWAQUA'S TOMB.—Opposite the village of Campbellton [in present south Fulton County] on the western bank of the Chattahoochee, in a tuft of trees, on one of those mounds so common in Georgia, rest the remains of Anawaqua, an Indian Princess, the former proprietor of the soil. It is situated in a meadow, in a bend of the Chattahoochee, and near the foot of a considerable hill. Ancient fortification are traced all around the plain, extending from the river to the hill.
native-american mounds were found all over when the white people got here---most were small, not the huge ceremonial mounds at etowah and ocmulgee---there were two or three at standing peachtree, with the remains of one or two on the west side of the river still recognized in the 1930s---"anawaqua's tomb" was leveled for agriculture----
From Historical Collections of
Georgia Compiled by the Rev. George White, M.A.
Nacoochee Indian Mound was the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by DeSoto in 1540 in his search for gold, according to legend. On this ceremonial mound, 190 feet long, 150 feet wide and 20 feet high, stood the town House where a sacred fire burned unceasingly. Ceremonial dances were performed in and around the Town House. Residents of the town lived on the flat land surrounding the mound. The findings of Heye Foundation archaeologists who explored the mound in 1915 indicate the advanced cultural development of the builders.
they don't mention the fact that some asshole built a gazebo on top of it in the late 19th century---
Posted by tomitron at 1/30/2008 08:39:00 PM
25 January 2008
the adam thoroughgood house is a national historic landmark in virginia beach---dating to the mid-17th century, but heavily restored in the 1950s, it is one of the oldest houses in the country----when thoroughgood died in 1641, my 9th-g-grandpa henry sewell (c. 1610-1644) apparently appraised the estate:
Upon the death of Adam Thorowgood in 1641, Thomas Willoughby sent two agents to the widow's plantation in the Lynnhaven area to make necessary appraisals of the estate. Captain Willoughby and Henry Sewell were overseers of the Thorowgood estate, and it was years before the feisty widow allowed the estate to be settled.
henry sewell (born about 1610 in england) came to virginia sometime before 1632, settling and giving his name to sewell's point, four thousand+ acres at hampton roads, now the site of the norfolk navy base, the largest such base in the world---his son, also named henry, was one of the early settlers of anne arundel county, maryland----in the late 1730s, henry the first's great-grandson samuel (1715-1791) migrated to rowan county, north carolina---he was the common ancestor that makes me and jody and ms. kidd cousins---another generation moved to franklin county, georgia, in the 1780s, and after a couple more generations on to meriwether county---my grandma's grandma was one of those sewells---
Posted by tomitron at 1/25/2008 10:32:00 PM
23 January 2008
this was the oldest building in atlanta when this postcard was made, sometime before 1917 when the building was torn down----it was built by the W&A Railroad in around 1837 for the engineers and surveyors as they laid out the railroad---stood near courtland and wall----
Posted by tomitron at 1/23/2008 05:59:00 PM
I think that gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women, to make contracts, to have hospital visiting rights, to join together in marriage, and I don’t understand why it is considered by some people to be a
threat to heterosexual marriage to allow it by gays and lesbians. Shouldn’t we be promoting that kind of faithfulness and loyalty to one’s partner regardless of sexual orientation?
Posted by tomitron at 1/23/2008 05:54:00 PM
20 January 2008
And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.
We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.
Posted by tomitron at 1/20/2008 03:01:00 PM
19 January 2008
couldn't have been a better time for the everglades--no bugs at all--saw royal palm, which was the first part to be preserved, by the florida woman's clubs in the 1920s--
it was late, watched the birds getting settled into their roosts for the night--piles of alligators, but it was in the 60s so they weren't moving much
Posted by tomitron at 1/19/2008 10:52:00 AM
08 January 2008
Triskaidekaphobia also may be related to Norse mythology, which tells how the god Odin invited eleven of his closest friends to a dinner party at his home in Valhalla, only to have his party crashed by Loki, the god of evil and turmoil, thus giving a total of 13 people. The legend further relates how Balder, one of the most beloved gods, tried to throw Loki out of the party, resulting in a scuffle and ultimately Balder's death with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.
Posted by tomitron at 1/08/2008 06:26:00 PM
it will mean an extra three or four hundred dollars on my property taxes, but in the long run, the peachtree streetcar would make peachtree a whole lot of fun (unless you're honking down the road in some big-ass suv)---plus it would do a lot toward ensuring that my place maintained or even increased its value more than a lot---i'm all for it----
Posted by tomitron at 1/08/2008 06:02:00 PM
07 January 2008
don't tell me there's no difference between the parties:
After more than a year of campaigning in the most wide-open primaries in decades, it’s finally time for voters to pick a president. On the Democratic side, the three hopefuls with a viable shot at the nomination have all signed on to almost every item on the so-called “gay agenda.” That includes workplace rights and hate crime protection for gay and transgender Americans, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and opposition to a constitutional amendment banning gays from marrying.
Posted by tomitron at 1/07/2008 07:17:00 PM
06 January 2008
the world's largest building with over 10,000,000 square feet----crystal island it's called----a little more dramatic than crystal city across the potomac from d.c., although crystal city was sort of the first of the big mess that has grown up in arlington and alexandria and forever changed many of our capital's best vistas----same in moscow: there will be a great view of the city, but the building itself will dominate the skyline, for better or for worse---st. basil's will seem kind of dinky and quaint by comparison----
Posted by tomitron at 1/06/2008 05:48:00 PM
02 January 2008
There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country. Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators by destroying videotapes of their sickening behavior. It was impossible to see the founding principles of the greatest democracy in the contempt these men and their bosses showed for the Constitution, the rule of law and human decency .
Posted by tomitron at 1/02/2008 09:24:00 PM