Monthly Archives: November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Life is Good, 72 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002

I wish you and yours a warm and loving Thanksgiving!

Kiss the Cook

Evora's Earth, 85 x 96 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2001.

Often we do not take the time to appreciate each other. Small pleasantries can go a long way in creating warm personal relationships. Conflict can be kept at a minimum when those with whom we interact feel appreciated.

This Thanksgiving, remember to kiss the cook. That food did not jump from the farm to your plate by magic.

Evora’s Earth is a quilt that celebrates nature’s bounty and my mother Evora Hicks. She was a great cook!

In Memory of Chief Louis Graham

Chief Louis Graham

When I was appointed the Fulton County Attorney in 1999,  Louis Graham was the police chief. In fact, he was Fulton County’s first African American police chief.  He died recently, and his life was celebrated last Saturday at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church.

Chief Graham retired from Fulton County a short time later, so we did not get to work together a long time. However,  he was always professional, and I enjoyed the time we served Fulton County together. My fondest memories of Chief Graham, however,  are the discussions we had when I ran into him at Mitchell Brothers Barber and Beauty Shop on Fairburn Road. There is nothing like a barber shop for some frank talk and laughter.

I extend my deepest sympathies to his family. He was truly a public servant and will be missed by many.

Atlanta Gets Street Car Funding

With every urban development project comes conflict. Mayor Kasim reed announced this week that Atlanta has secured federal  funding for a streetcar that will make some of its historical spots on Auburn Avenue, such as the Martin Luther King Center, more accessible to tourists who normally may not get past Peachtree Street.

This is great for Atlanta, but the devil is always in the details. Let’s hope the stakeholders in this project will find a way to resolve conflict swiftly so that everyone is happy when it is time to take the inaugural ride.

School Boards In Conflict

Let's Pull Together, 31 x 32 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. For sale at

School boards in the Atlanta area seem to have a problem dealing with conflict. In some cases the conflict has landed them in court. They could take a lesson from my quilt Let’s Pull Together. It’s a simple message, but life is always about making a choice.

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