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  • HallowThankMas

    Have a Happy HollowThankMas

    Starting with Halloween, followed in quick succession by Thanksgiving and Christmas, the holiday season begins and we end up with three months of festivities, hence the term HollowThankMas.

     

    By now, we’ve all seen the Halloween candy, costumes and decorations lining the aisles, with the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations not far behind. I’m all for festivities and American commercialism, but sometimes the holidays can get a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips on how to keep your sanity as you celebrate this season.

     

    Set Boundaries for Your Budget Putting a little money aside each week for your holiday shopping is a good way to control expendi-tures. Stores like K-Mart even offer a layaway plan that allows you to pay for your items over several weeks. When Christmas arrives, all your purchases are paid for and you don’t have to worry about a big credit card bill.

     

    Another way to control spending is to put money on a Visa or Mastercard debit card and use only the amount on that card. Having boundaries in place ahead of time is a lot easier than tryi   Read more...

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    Artist Makes His Mark Along the Beltline

    Fred Ajanogha has been quietly but conspicuously beautifying a forlorn section of the Atlanta Belt-line’s western loop. The College Park -based Nigerian artist and sculptor was commissioned to embellish the perimeter of a massive paved lot at 352 University Avenue SW near the Pittsburgh community. The lot is owned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and is currently used as a practice driving course for city of Atlanta firefighters and bus drivers.

     

    Ajanogha’s installation consists of three 20-feet by 6 –feet cement panels containing “high relief” images, meaning at least 50 percent of the depth is visible. The panels represent the past, present and future of the Pittsburgh community. Four sculpted three-dimensional geomet-ric shapes (an egg, a cube) augment the work.

     

    Pittsburgh is a little leery of public artworks. A controversy erupted recently when a Living Walls mural was painted on a retaining wall near the community without the residents’ input. Outraged at what they considered to be inappropriate art, a group of residents painted over the work. Ajanogha   Read more...

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    Getting Paid To Play: Dog Sitting And The Sharing Economy

    A growing number of people are finding it may be to their benefit to have their career go to the dogs. For example, consider the case of Dr. Jen Tserng, who left medicine to join the sharing economy as a dog sitter.

     

    She cares for several dogs a day and earns more than she did as a doctor. “I love what I do now and so I do a great job, which keeps clients coming back to me,” she said. “I can rely on a certain level of in-come that I can dial up or down however I choose.”

     

    It’s not just about the money. “It’s hard to not be happy when you are playing with dogs all day,” she explains. She gets her dog-owner clients through Rover.com, a nationwide network of dog lovers for hire. Rover offers the largest network of dog sitters in the United States, and an alternative to traditional caged boarding facilities, eliminating the need to impose on family and friends who are often asked to sit in a pinch. The sitters provide in-home day care, dog walking and overnight dog boarding in the owners’ home or their own.

     

    In addition to full-time dog sitters,   Read more...

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    The First Miracle Year in Braves Baseball

    We all remember some of those exciting “miracle seasons” of the Atlanta Braves beginning in the 1990s. The first “miracle season,” however, for the oldest professional baseball team still in existence came about 100 years ago in 1914. At that time, they were the Boston Braves and one of the worst teams playing during the early months of the season. The team had come to Atlanta in the pre-season to play the Atlanta Crackers and had no trouble winning those exhibition games. The regular season was a different story altogether.

     

    Led by Georgia-born coach George Stallings, the Braves were in last place in the National League by the July midseason mark. In a stunning run of victories, Stallings took the team from last to first in just six weeks. After winning the pennant, however, they faced the Philadelphia Athletics headed by legendary coach Connie Mack. The “Mackmen” had won three out of the last four World Series. With a stable of famed players and a reputed “$100,000 infield,” the Athletics were heavy favorites.

     

    The Braves took the first two games of t   Read more...

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