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Monday, August 23, 2004 6:49 PM
Taking the long way
Anita Sharpe on Life

There are two ways to get to my Midtown office from my house. The most efficient is the Interstate, where, twice in the past year, my windshield has been shattered by flying rocks kicked up by 18-wheelers.

The other way is taking the back roads through what is arguably Atlanta's most beautiful residential area -- past Philip Shutze and Neel Reid-designed mansions once inhabited by Coca-Cola magnates like Robert Woodruff and now home to tech moguls like Jeff Arnold. Even though it adds at least 10 minutes to my commute, I've been taking the long way lately and noticing a nice payoff. There's something to be said for starting your day with beauty and an intact windshield.

But there's another reason I like this route. It takes me past a large cemetery, which is a good morning reminder.


Ty - 8/26/2004 4:07:04 PM
Atlanta is so unbelievably beautiful. How's this for a daily commute: Northside Drive, Peachtree Battle, Peachtree (hmm), and finally Peachtree Circle. I...don't...want...to...leave the city that has more trees per capita than any other city in the world.
Mindwalker - 8/25/2004 11:50:16 AM
I used to live almost 90 minutes (1.5 hours for those scoring at home) from the synagogue where I was a regular congregant and music mensch. Every Friday night after services, I'd take the long drive home along Sheridan Road through the prettiest of the Chicago suburbs.

Why did I do this, even though it meant a commute of sometimes 2 hours at 11 p.m. at night? Because it was beautiful. On my ride home, I would pass by beautiful houses, drive interesting roads that twisted and turned, and best of all ... the Ba'hai Temple in Wilmette. Seeing this glowing white Arabesque jewel so out of place between the steel of Chicago and the sameness of the suburbs would always elevate my senses toward something higher.

When I moved in with my now-fiancee last year, we deliberately chose a place right along Sheridan Road. Now we don't have to drive very far to see the Ba'hai any time we want. *grin*
lee - 8/24/2004 5:34:14 PM
and I always read the obits first thing every morning. Why? I find the lives of other people so interesting. But, I am also realizing that it is a very subtle, almost reverential acknowledgement that life IS important --


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