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Words & Music, Southern Gothic Style

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“I’ve written one song off Reflections of a Golden Eye from the passage where the main guy takes his wife’s horse out riding,” Aimee Bobruk says of a songwriting process that led the Austin, Texas musician to where she sat Tuesday night, sipping wine on the front porch of  Carson McCullers’ childhood home. “He’s riding, loses control and finds his bliss,” she continues, talking during a quick...

Valued Voices: Poet Jennifer Horne and the Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

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Though established by an act of the state legislature in 1931, the Poet Laureate of Alabama has no specified official duties. “People have done different things with it,” Jennifer Horne, honored with the four-year designation last November, says of the position. “In general, it’s been developed to be the public face of literature for the state, one that strives to show how important the literary...

All Systems Go: The Launch of SlumberPod

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Columbus entrepreneur Lou Childs discusses the launch of SlumberPod—“a patent-pending, portable privacy pod to help babies/toddlers to get a good night’s sleep”—at StartUp  Columbus, a sleek office space in the 1000 block of Broadway that recently opened to serve as an incubator for local start-ups. ECL: You obviously crushed it on the digital launch platform with Kickstarter. [SlumperPod raised...

Art with a View

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Swinging open the doors from the fourth-floor conference room at Troy University-Phenix City Campus onto its expansive adjacent balcony, Vice Chancellor Dr. David White presents what is perhaps the best view of the Columbus riverfront. Instead of the bird’s-eye perspective on gleaming whitewater and impressive edifices for both home and office, however, White points toward an undeveloped lot that...

Let It Flow

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Supreme Court decision “a step in the right direction” for Columbus and the Chattahoochee River By Frank Etheridge | Photo of henry jackson Asked for response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week in the decades-long “water wars” between Georgia and Florida, Henry Jackson tried to keep it short. However, the Chattahoochee River Conservancy Executive Director writes in an email, “It’s...

Wheelhaus Provisions – Doing things differently

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There’s just something about a passionate lady entrepreneur in love with her business that really gets my blood pumping. Christa Cotton, the creator, curator, and genius behind Wheelhaus Provisions, is one such driven, ambitious woman on-the-move. With her business’ unique concept, she is changing the way people think about food, from what’s on the label to how they get it home, and she’s doing...

Melisha Shmitt: Broadway Fortune Teller, Future Filmmaker

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WRITTEN BY SCOTT BERSON If you’ve taken a walk down Broadway recently, you might have come across an interesting sight near 11th Street. For many weeks now, Columbus local Melisha Schmitt has been offering free tarot readings for passerby outside Iron Bank Coffee. But she isn’t just telling fortunes for fun and profit—she wants to help the city’s least fortunate along the way.      “I just kind...

David Koontz | St. Francis CEO

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Originally featured in Southern Views Magazine By: Roberto Caligaris | Photo by: John A. Marchetti, St. Francis A seasoned hospital administrator with 30 years of experience, Koontz most recently worked as a healthcare consultant for a variety of community health systems, national hospital corporations and international clients. Koontz holds both a master’s degree in business administration and a...

Local History is in The Art of Tattooing

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Tattoos are among the earliest and most universal art forms. For more than 5,000 years, cultures from every continent have been using tattoos to symbolize status, rites of passage, or simply as personal embellishment.  The oldest discovery of tattooed human skin is found on Ötzi the Iceman, dating between 3370 and 3100 BC. Yet, in 1961 New York City (and many other cities) declared it “unlawful...

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