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Athens Academy and the Call for a New South

I’d originally been planning to write something completely untopical about the Khazar Empire because I always like talking about them, but something came up. Something that, frankly, makes me fairly angry. For those who do not know, I’m from the city of Athens, Georgia, some of you might recognize it as the University of Georgia’s college town. For 12 years, I attended Athens Academy, a private college prep school. Recently, that school came under fire for asking a local bookshop called Avid, to remove “objectionable” books from a lower (elementary) school book fair. In context, “objectionable” meant homosexual. The bookstore, unable to reach a solution with the school, cancelled the last da

Olympics: Then And Now

We just finished watching a riveting Winter Olympics season from PyeongChang this year. From curling to skiing to bobsledding, the sports of the Winter Olympics generally are vastly different than the Summer variety. Frankly, I tried to learn the rules of half the sports (I’m looking at you curling) while watching them. The first Winter Olympic games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924, prior to the Summer Olympics that were held later that year in Paris. The International Olympic Committee first permitted an “international week of winter sport” in 1921. There were nine original events at the games, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, military patrol, nord

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