Tucker Times -November 2018

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, Clarkston and Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 28, No. 11 • NOVEMBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Thanksgiving Always, And Always in November Historical painting The First Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome presented as a half-tone in color in 1932. (Public Domain according to Library of Congress) I turn 68 this November 14 and have found, perhaps like many aging into the senior years, that I’m finally and consistently thankful to be alive. It’s become a kind of wisdom I didn’t used to have and started a few years ago when I attended a wedding of an old friend, Mark—his second, same for his new bride Lisa. Mark’s just a few years younger than me. When I congratulated him he smiled and replied spontaneously, “I thank God for every day.” It affected me greatly. And so I resolved soon after that to follow what Mark said, and now it’s something daily that I never forget to do. I thank the Almighty not only for this day but the day before. It’s profound, makes me feel better to realize my many blessings. Thanksgiving as a feeling didn’t begin in America and we know our forbearers felt that way, in a kind of spiritual context. Feelings of gratitude were usually tied into giving thanks for good harvests as part of a fall festivities that everyone enjoyed after much hard work. Because harvests occurred at the end of the annual time on the calendar, it was only natural to reflect on blessings of the entire year. Often church services reinforced feelings of Thanksgiving and it was natural to return thanks in family gatherings. Continued on page 8 Erskine Fountain Makes a Comeback in Grant Park It was a perfect spring day in 1896 Atlanta when its newest piece of public art was unveiled before a crowd of 1,500 people. The unveiling of the Erskine Fountain at the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree was glowingly described by one local writer, “A clear, blue sky overarched the scene and the exercises were perhaps the most imposing ever witnessed on a similar occasion.” The throng included almost everyone of local impor- tance from Mayor Porter King to poet Frank Stanton, business leaders and judges of state, local and the Georgia Supreme courts. The low scale but elaborately decorated fountain replaced a statue of Benjamin Hill on the well- known site. The ceremonies were orchestrated with the removal of concealing drapery at the same moment that the water was turned on, resulting in “a sparkling stream of clear, transparent water shooting upward” against a backdrop of massed potted palms and other greenery. Continued on page 5

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