Surviving Hostile Assaults - 3 Guidelines

Dr. Tom Roddy, Founder of Atlanta Resource Foundation on July 24, 2012

The following is an excerpt from Atlanta Resource Foundation Founder & President Emeritus, Dr. Tom Roddy's forthcoming book Wandering Home. It was originally written more than 10 years ago as a letter to friends of the foundation.   When Anger Stalks Atlanta 1999. A hot Thursday in July. The temperature reaches ninety-five degrees. At 2:50pm Mark O. Barton starts to get even. He shoots and kills nine people across from my office building, injuring thirteen more. The victims have nowhere to go. They are face to face with an enraged man determined to kill every person he sees who seems...

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Six Secrets Smart Dads Use to Rule the Roost

W Allen Bell on June 17, 2012

6. Zig-Zag - When your kids are expecting you to zig, zag. Do you struggle with anger? If like most men, anger is an emotion you can generate a bit too easily, why not be intentional about developing strategies to respond in new unexpected ways? Nothing, not one thing, communicates love and respect more than unmerited grace. Forgiveness is the universes’ life-giving answer to human shortcomings. Figuring out this emotional behavior and mastering it is the difference between an average human male and a refined, truly great father. You who have the patience of a glacier and whose children take...

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Larry's Family Discovers He Can "Speak"

W Allen Bell on May 10, 2012

“As time goes by, we often ask ourselves how and what we are doing in this world.”  This is the first line of a poem written by Larry Hood, an adult participant at the Frazer Center.  No one knew Larry could communicate until he was exposed to adaptive computerLarry Hood's collection of poetry: "The Time Is Now" technology for people with disabilities. Obviously, Larry had some very deep thoughts and is now able to share his talents with the world. Like Larry, Atlanta has a hidden strength you can discover: Set amongst old-growth hardwood trees in a forest just inside...

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Me & You, Vs. the Green Eyed Monster

W Allen Bell on April 28, 2012

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down Helpless people on subway trains Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them He picks up a bus and he throws it back down As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town Oh, no, they say he's got to go Go go Godzilla Oh, no, there goes Tokyo Go go Godzilla Lately, I've been doing frequent battle in Atlanta with a monster that lurks in many of our minds. He's huge, toxic and nefarious. Lets give him a four letter name: ENVY. There, said it. Green eyed monsters barrage our unconscious minds...

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Re-Awakening A Sleeping Giant

W Allen Bell on April 9, 2012

Huge, enormous, behemoth... Early in the morning April 3, 2012, 35 hardhat wearing Atlanta friends boarded the big, dark cargo elevator at the heart of the largest brick building in the Southeast. At 2.1 million square feet, the almost 90 year-old Sears buildings provide Jim Irwin and Jamestown Properties a solid structure to bring up to modern, efficient and eco-friendly standards. Across America in the roaring 1920's, Sears built 16 regional, railroad connected, retail, warehousing and distribution buildings like the complex that is becoming Ponce City Market.Jim Irwin welcomes CityLights friends before touring the site.One need only visit the Westside Retail area...

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How Bad Is It When Even The Liquor Store Quits?

W. Allen Bell on March 19, 2012

How bad does a neighborhood have to get for the liquor store to up and move out? For the Historic South Atlanta Civic League they could tell you the tide was lowest in November 2000. On that rainy first Tuesday, under a loaned mortuary shelter in the parking lot of that abandoned building, Charis Community Housing hosted CityLights to share the neighborhood's vision for rejuvenating  their amazing part of Atlanta.  Last Tuesday, March 13, 2012 CityLights got an update from Charis Community Housing's executive director Jim Wehner. Jim told us about how at that same derelict liquor store corner in 2012...

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Midtown miracle workers restore vision to homeless

W Allen Bell on February 17, 2012

Alongside I-75/85, 1 block Southeast of the 10th Street bridge, there are miracles being performed many days a week. At 75 Peachtree Place in a modest red brick building, men & women struggling through the adversity of homelessness have a place of encouragement, strategic counsel, and personal vision melded with practical long-term goal setting.Through a program called CareerWorks, Monday-Thursdays from 7am-3pm, residents from many Atlanta homeless shelters are referred to receive career assessment, meaningful training and immediately actionable direction for getting a paying job.  OUTCOMES: 350 graduates enrolled in CareerWorks Program last year with 94+% graduation rate, 70+% job placement...

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Atlanta's hidden hole in the ground

W Allen Bell on February 16, 2012

Click on the photo to see a brief 3 minute video about the proposed Westside ParkAtlanta's westside has a huge, hidden, hole in the ground! So big, it could hold 30 days of the city's water supply. Faithful employees at the City Dept. of Watershed Management guided the purchase of the Bellwood Quarry a few years ago. Other hardworking, creative folks have been steadily advancing other big plans that could make the spot an amazing oasis for Atlanta's current and future residents. In April 2011, Brian Leary, the CEO of The Atlanta Beltline pictured to the left, hosted CityLights. We heard an update...

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Perseverance, Partnerships & Passing Batons

W Allen Bell on February 13, 2012

The Atlanta Police helicopter and 3 other Atlanta TV helicopters circled overhead as I stood in the middle of Peachtree Road. This was the first time I met Chuck Johnston. We were in front of Phipps Plaza, it was 7am on July 4th.  As my little sister Katie introduced me to him, I had no idea that running the first two miles of the 1997 Peachtree Road Race with Chuck would impact so much of the course of my life. As the race started, he set a smooth pace and we talked about each of our families' Atlanta roots and...

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