Category Archives: Atlanta

Atlanta 17 degrees and 3 inches of Snow, January 29th

It’s cold outside with temperatures 17°F that feels like 7°. There is more snow this morning in my backyard than predicted for this rare winter occurrence. The roads are icy, so I guess I will stay indoors today and let the birds & squirrels play in the snow while I wait for the sun to melt the ice.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 29, 2014


January 29, 2014 · 11:29 am

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20, 2014

001One of the books in my library collection published in 1977 is about the biography of a man who dedicated his life to the cause of civil rights. It tells about his early years, his preparation for life in the ministry and about his assassination on April 4, 1968. The title of this book is “The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by James Haskins.  I often re-read it, especially around this time of the year when an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is observed on the third Monday of January every year.

In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, lived, worked, worshiped and his final resting place in Atlanta, Georgia.  I visited this site last year – here’s my posting on that tour.


Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 20, 2014


January 19, 2014 · 10:27 pm

Sculpture Garden on Peachtree Street

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My walk down a city street in Atlanta, Georgia last week took me past a Sculpture Garden in front of the national headquarters for the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA). Did you know that their clubs have been helping kids reach their full potential for more than 150 years? This all started back in 1860 when the first club was formed in Hartford, Connecticut.

There is a commemorative plaque in this garden dedicating these children sculptures to the memory of Hays Clark, 1918-2005 who was a powerful force for positive change at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. What a wonderful tribute to such a great cause and organization!

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 1,2013


October 1, 2013 · 12:43 am

The Carillon in the Park, located near Atlanta

This weekend I decided to take a walk down a steep hill and underneath an umbrella of trees along a path I don’t often travel in the park. That’s where I found the perfect bench to sit down and listen to the Carillon‘s daily music being played. And, this bench even came with a view of  the lake.

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The 732-bell Carillon in Stone Mountain Park, located near Atlanta, was donated by Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City and you can hear it being played several times throughout the day. Concerts are live on Saturday and Sunday and are taped, Monday through Friday.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 24, 2013


September 24, 2013 · 12:04 am

Book Festival 2013 in Decatur, Georgia

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The eighth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival was held this weekend on August 31-September 1, 2013 in Decatur, Georgia where there were more than 300 national and local authors representing all genres of books with lectures and signings.

5-Decatur Book Festival 2013The outdoor café quickly filled before noon with book festival visitors taking a break.

4-Decatur Book Festival 2013My first stop around 11:00 am was made to the City Hall Stage to listen to a presentation, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.   There I learned about Laurie Shock’s book “How to Publish Your Own Photography Book.”  She’s the president of Shock Design Books, an independent publishing house in Atlanta that specializes in finely crafted books covering a range of genres with an emphasis on art and photography books.  You can read more about this on this link.

3A-Decatur Book Festival 2013 copyTo the right is pictured Architect Richard Diedrich’s book “Legendary Golf Clubhouses of the U.S. and Great Britain.”  The designer and publisher for his book was Laurie Shock. The topic of conversation was about what it takes to publish a photography book.

7-Decatur Book Festival 2013A sign on the sidewalk  that read “Free poems On Demand” caught my attention. The topic I chose for the poem the gentleman at the typewriter agreed to write was, the horse in the pasture. And why did I ask him to write about this topic?  Because I had written a short memory story on the subject and thought a poem would be nice. Here’s a link to my posting on The Horse In The Pasture.

Fifteen minutes later, Jon Ciliberto had written this poem:

“When science captured in silver flowing animals, then discovery of the floating aspect of a running horse, and propulsion became flight. Each dirt clod flies from shod leg, skipping grass and hot air over from easy canter. Nay, a fence isn’t a corral on space, neither is human fixing of purpose and a finish line.  Drop the flag on broken earth, each droplet of equine equanimity whisks a lazy tail on history’s fierce placement of a single creature in a single place.”

A  statue by  George Lundeen  of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and “author of the Declaration of Independence,” can be found in front of the Old Courthouse on the Square in Decatur, Georgia.10-Decatur Book Festival 2013

The High Museum of Art Atlanta had a booth at the festival this year. When I inquired about their current exhibit they gave me a fan. It has a picture of the “Girl with a Pearl Earring on it.  This Vermeer painting is now on view through September 29, 2013 along with thirty-five Dutch Golden Age masterpieces, Rembrandt and more at the museum.1E-Decatur Book Festival 2013

The end of August is always hot and today was not an exception. The afternoon temperature on Saturday reached a high of 90 degrees, so the fan with the picture of the Girl with a Pearl Earring helped keep me cool from the rising temperatures.

These are a few of the things I saw at the book festival this year where there were more than 300 national and local authors attending.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, September 1, 2013


September 2, 2013 · 12:01 am