Saturday, March 28, 2015

Donate for friends and strangers

After a not so brief break with a sinus infection, I even went to the doctor twice!!! I returned to to ABS to Donate more platelets in the name of Rona Balser. This time watched two episodes of Black List.
If you have not gotten around to donating platelets or blood yet it is now the time.
Some single donations can help save the lives of 5 people. That ranks right up there with the return on investment (ROI, from News Corp days) of an AED.
Bob Lundsten's photo.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Donate Blood Platelets

Tomorrow is my second donation of Blood Platelets in the name of Rona Balser.  No excuses  it is painless, takes only an hour or so and you will help a very dear friend of ours from Dunwoody

Platelets have a shelf live of only 5 days, so who knows the platelets you donate today could save a friend or family member of yours tomorrow

Great snacks.  Not as good as Pattie's cookies, but FREE

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Help out of the Goodness of your heart

For some of you too young to remember, and others who simply forget things, I want to tell you about my good friend Bill Balser.
Bill is a long time DHA activist, former DHA President and still is on the Board of the DHA.
His lovely wife Rona ill and needs our Community"s help right now. I am sharing an email he sent to his friends last night.
" wife, Rona, has been diagnosed with Aggressive Acute Leukemia.
Since the first week of January, she has been in and out of the hospital, undergoing a regimen of chemotherapy, and battling a staphylococcus infection from an infected port which caused a dangerous increase in her white-blood-cell count. A painful bone
marrow biopsy showed that the marrow is not producing red blood cells or platelets.
In addition to the chemo regimen, she has had to have many emergency platelet transfusions.
She is tired, very susceptible to infection, in pain, very weak...and sad.
This has been very tough on our family.
Please...keep her in your thoughts and in your prayers. It would be greatly appreciated.
A supportive, encouraging e-mail sent to her at could do a lot of good, too.
Many thanks!
To those of you in Atlanta who might want to give blood or platelets in her name, contact:

Northside Hospital - 5670 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road -Suite 1075 - Atlanta, GA 30342 (404-459-8744)
Giving blood takes 10 minutes. Giving platelets takes an hour or so because platelets are filtered out and your own blood is returned to you.
Bill is a good friend  not only of mine, but for all of Dunwoody.  This is a chance for all of us who live here to offer him thanks for all the work he has done behind the scenes well before we were a city
Donating at 10 this morning,  FREE JUICE AND COOKIES
 His lovely wife Rona needs us and Dunwoody has NEVER failed to respond

Thursday, August 7, 2014

These patients will benefit -- not threaten -- the country.

From: The Washington Post--
I’m the head nurse at Emory. This is why we wanted to bring the Ebola patients to the U.S.
These patients will benefit -- not threaten -- the country.
By Susan M. Grant August 6
Susan Mitchell Grant, RN, is chief nurse for Emory Healthcare.
An ambulance arrives with an Ebola victim at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta)
A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States.
Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it. Emory University Hospital has a unit created specifically for these types of highly infectious patients, and our staff is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures and protocols. But beyond that, the public alarm overlooks the foundational mission of the U.S. medical system. The purpose of any hospital is to care for the ill and advance knowledge about human health. At Emory, our education, research, dedication and focus on quality — essentially everything we do — is in preparation to handle these types of cases.
Further, Americans stand to benefit from what we learn by treating these patients. (Bound by federal law, Emory cannot name the patients. The HIPAA Privacy Rule forbids health-care institutions from releasing identifiable health information.) Ebola won’t become a threat to the general public from their presence in our facility, but the insight we gain by caring for them will prepare us to better treat emergent diseases that may confront the United States in the future. We also can export our new knowledge to treat Ebola globally. This pathogen is part of our world, and if we want eradicate these types of potentially fatal diseases before they reach our shores uncontrolled, we have to contribute to the global research effort. Today, diseases do not stay contained to one city, country or even continent.
Most importantly, we are caring for these patients because it is the right thing to do. These Americans generously went to Africa on a humanitarian mission to help eradicate a disease that is especially deadly in countries without our health-care infrastructure. They deserve the same selflessness from us. To refuse to care for these professionals would raise enormous questions about the ethical foundation of our profession. They have a right to come home for their care when it can be done effectively and safely.
As health-care professionals, this is what we have trained for. People often ask why we would choose to care for such high-risk patients. For many of us, that is why we chose this occupation — to care for people in need. Every person involved in the treatment of these two patients volunteered for the assignment. At least two nurses canceled vacations to be a part of this team. They derive satisfaction from knowing that, after years of preparing for this type of case, they are able to help, to comfort and to do it safely. The gratitude they receive from the patients’ families drives their efforts.
As human beings, we all hope that if we were in need of superior health care, our country and its top doctors would help us get better. We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Great Dad, Husband, Grandpa and Father-in-law

Dad, Mom,Caitlin and Kathy
at the University of Alabama

Friday, May 16, 2014

Another rebuttal of Brad Goodchild's clueless letter by Erika Harris

By, Erika Harris      
 Co-Chair of Georgians for Local Area School Systems and Dunwoody Resident

 This election campaign cycle has been an
 interesting and sometimes difficult one to observe. 
 I’ve been proud to watch Representative Tom Taylor stay
 positive, refuse to engage the mud slinging &
 negative campaign run by Goodchild, and focus on his own
 past efforts, successes, and his future intentions. 
  Just days before the May 20th Primary, Brad Goodchild has put out a mailer
 attacking Representative Taylor for the extraordinary work
 he has put forth on the Independent School Resolution
 (HR486).  For the record, I have workedin lock step with Tom Taylor on this resolution
 for the past eight months.
  “My opponent spends a lot of time touting his bill for a Dunwoody school district... that never saw a
 vote. Why does he feel pride in this legislative
 non-accomplishment?”  - Brad Goodchild

 I am floored by the ignorance and arrogance that Mr. Goodchild reveals in his commentary.  Both Tom
 Taylor and Fran Millar were extremely upfront that this effort was going to be one that would require patience and
 time to accomplish.  Consider that it took three years for Dunwoody to become a city through Legislative approval,
 something already allowed by the constitution.  How is it then that Brad Goodchild would assume that this
 constitutional amendment wouldn’t be vetted with equal time and consideration?   
HR486  serves to amend our state constitution, ratifying an amendment from nearly 70 years ago. 
If Brad Goodchild knew any of the background of education legislation in Georgia, he would know why this was not going to be a one session push through.  Further, if he understood the dynamics and complexity of rural versus metro
 politics, he would not be so quick to criticize Mr. Taylor’s legislation.  
But Brad Goodchild does not know these things.  Why?  Simply because he has not been involved in any of the
efforts to improve education in our city or our state. He has not attended information sessions, city events to learn
more about improving education through legislative efforts, or shown support down at the Capitol... 

“My opponent personifies the "showing up is good enough" mentality that has brought DeKalb
County schools to the brink of losing accreditation.” – Brad Goodchild  
Well, if this is really the bar he is using, “showing up”, Mr. Goodchild has not even come near reaching his own bar. Let’s recap:
not showing up for any educational events, 
not showing up for the DHA debate, 
not answering media phone calls… 
When does he show up?    

Our children do deserve better, as Brad Goodchild points out in his letter.  They don’t deserve someone who seeks to “pad his resume” using false claims and undeserved bravado in an attempt to win an election against a proven
incumbent, as Mr. Goodchild does.

 I urge everyone to show up on May 20th and cast their vote for Tom Taylor who stands for honesty, integrity, and accountability in more than words, but in proven leadership.    

Desperate Candidate continues to show how clueless he is. The letter just makes it clear to everyone

A sure sign of a desperate candidate is one who escalates his negative campaign.  The letter written by Brad Goodchild is unique because he inadvertently demonstrates how clueless his is in the working of the Ga. House .
Combine those two and throw in some absolute lies and misdirection and you have a perfect storm. Let's take a look at what this witless wonder has sent out  this time.  My comments will be in RED

Fellow Neighbor:

I am running because we need someone who will fight for the issues that matter to HD79.  This late into the campaign and he has still not stated a single agenda or  specific platform that he stands for in our district.

My opponent spends a lot of time touting his bill for a Dunwoody school district... that never saw a vote. This is at best a misdirection or it maybe a flat out lie.  Tom introduced a Bill that we all knew was going to be a difficult battle.  2/3 of the House vote, 2/3 vote of the Senate and then a State wide vote on the Constitutional Amendment.  Tom passed his Bill through two committees in record time. Why does he feel pride in this legislative non-accomplishment? Why not author a bill that will garner support without harming  the intent, such as letting other cities take advantage of the same provisions we desire?  If Mr. Goodchild had any idea how the Legislature works, he would know that there are many hurdles to jump in getting any bill, especially one that requires a 2/3 vote and a change to the Constitution passed.  When you have a bill of that magnitude you start to count votes.  If you see that the support that you will need may not be ready the first time around, you withdraw and live to fight another day.  Pushing a bill through that you know does not have the votes makes it virtually impossible to bring back next year or  two.  Tom made the right decision
  It is also a pattern that Mr. Goodchild talks about some bill he would introduce but again never gives specifics
Perhaps a different bill would have been more successful.  My opponent  personifies the "showing up is good enough" mentality  that has brought  DeKalb County schools to the brink of losing accreditation. What bologna! One only need to watch the the videos of Tom''s work in front of the committees to see how ridiculous this statement truly is. Tom just shows up . Take a look at what "just showing up" means when Tom is at work in front of the House Education Committee hearing: . 

Bill starts at 10:45 and goes to 47:10

Speaking of showing up, where has Mr. Goodchild ever shown up.  He was not involved in the  local effort to pass Tom's Independent School District bill and , oh yeah he did not even show up at the DHA debate.  Our district cannot continue down  this path.  We must explore every option available for fixing our schools, until we find solutions  that make progress.  I will fight for better schools for our children by creating a stra tegy to reach out to legislators throughout the state.  Please for the love of God tell us something that is your thought and not some political spin from the Liberty Party Caucus

I give you a new vision of representation  for House District 79. Once again give us a clue to what your vision is and not some party BS that Norb or Jim Dickson wrote for you.

Leadership -I will seek viable fixes and I will work to get that them enacted. Please tell us what the hell you as specifically going to do.  Even a peak into your clever political thinking might help

Education Focused - Our children deserve better.  No Joke,  That goes right along with America, apple pie and the flag.  It means nothing unless you tell SOMEBODY, ANYBODY what you are going to do.  We deserve a representative that has ideas not just slogans

Honest- I won't float dead-on-arrival bills to pad my resume for re-election. I won't play games to distract voters.  I will act with intent and integrity. Once again your ignorance of how things get done under the dome shows up.  To once again accuse Tom of a lack of integrity  without any specifics and shamelessly dirty politics.

Accountable  - I will reach out to you, the voters, directly by mail, email, and my website.  You will always be able to read why I make each choice first hand.  In fact, I have ensured my personal phone number is printed on my campaign flyers.  Uh excuse me Tom is everywhere and accessible to anyone who bothers to call or visit him

I will work diligently to address  the concerns of my constituents.  I respectfully request your support May 20, 2014.  With nothing but shameless. groundless attacks and nothing but campaign slogans as your message, you will never have my support nor do deserve the support of anyone who has lived, and worked for the betterment of Dunwoody.  My vote is going to Tom Taylor.


James "Brad" Goodchild