Middle Georgia Coin Club coin show this weekend January 27-29

A Coin and Currency Show is coming to Middle Georgia this weekend. January 27 – 29, the Middle Georgia Coin Club is sponsoring their annual coin show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Over a hundred vendors will be in attendance with coins from around the world, as well as jewelry, fossils, postcards, stamps, and supplies.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there are even free appraisals. Not only is this a great opportunity to obtain a vintage and/or rare coin, but you could also bring the kids and make it an educational outing for the entire family.

For more information, contact Chip Davis at 478-329-7850 or chdavis@bellsouth.net or you can visit the website at www.MiddleGeorgiaCoinClub.com

When: Friday, January 27th 10am – 6pm; Saturday, January 28th 10am – 6pm; Sunday, January 29th 10am – 3pm

Where: Miller, Murphy, Howard Building of the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA (Exit 134 or Exit 135 off of I-75)

Cost: Free

Commentary: Truth is often a matter of perspective

We are often very certain of some facts because we have observed something first hand or “seen it with our own eyes.” We thus disengage our critical thinking about those circumstance and when challenged by someone with a differing viewpoint we dig in and neglecting to acknowledge that our own point of view could be obscured by circumstances or clouded by our own biases.

The disk of the sun from space in infrared, colored to appear as you might expect it to look, even though infrared is invisible to the human eye. Photo by Nasa.
The disk of the sun from space in infrared, colored to appear as you might expect it to look, even though infrared is invisible to the human eye. Photo by NASA.

One literal example of this is our sun. If I asked “What color is the sun ?” nearly everyone would say “yellow.” It is true that the sun often appears yellow and is depicted as yellow in children’s drawings going back to the days when humans lived in caves. From a absolute “truth” standpoint, this is not correct.

Located in the deep atmospheric well of Earth’s surface, the sun appears yellow because the air molecules scatter the shorter wavelengths of light making the colors green, blue, indigo and violet disappear from the sun’s disk and appear instead in the sky which is also not actually blue. 

Seen from space, the sun is brilliantly and blindingly white, as it is composed of all the colors of the visible spectrum. If instead, you found the peak intensity of light, it would fall at the boundary between the wavelengths of blue and green, a turquoise sun. But the intensities of the other colors are close enough together that our eyes perceive it as white in space. Because of this issue, Astronomers will go so far as to color space images of the sun as yellow so laymen won’t be confused by the white disk at times even when taking pictures in the invisible colors of infrared and ultraviolet.

Within our atmosphere the sun isn’t a constant hue and displays many colors. High in the sky, where the trip through the atmosphere is the shortest and especially at high altitudes, the sun is much more white and much more blinding. As it first rises to start the new day, or as it sinks to the horizon before nightfall, our star becomes more and more yellow until eventually it will appear red as even the yellow light is stripped away by the longer pathway light must travel through our air.

Yet, even knowing this, if you were prompted to draw a sun or describe it to someone, you would say that it is yellow and the entire world would agree. But the sun is white.

Now take this analogy and apply it to every day circumstances. Juries will give eye witness testimony great weight over other evidence, especially if the witness proclaims how sure they are about what they saw. However, human memory is imperfect and one of the ways the brain makes up for this imperfection is to fill in the gaps with the expectations of that very same brain. Further, the more certain one is about something they remember, the more likely they reinforced the memory by pondering it and working through details, usually adding elements that were never seen in the first place until all that is remembered is the edited memory.

In addition, our definition of the truth could be a result of different assumptions. The question “What color is the sun?” asks not what color the sun appears under a many miles thick blanket of nitrogen and oxygen, yet when asked the question, people will assume those stipulations when answering the question. The same goes for question like “What is the largest state?” If you said “California”, you made the assumption that population is the basis of the question and if someone else replied “Alaska”, they made the assumption that area was the basis. Does this make a liar of the person who answered the other way? Does it make you or they wrong, or does it merely mean that the both of you are correct within their own perspective and assumptions.

Truth is a noble thing to pursue, but one must be cognoscente of the limitations of our ability to  the know the truth. Don’t get angry when someone disagrees with you, no matter how certain you are. Discuss it, learn why they believe what they do. Not only will you learn something about their point of view, you will learn more about your own.

Lastly, stop being so certain. Certainty is a killer of intellect. Inteligence is always questioning and rethinking, even that which is considered “settled.” The next time that you feel your limited experience is absolute truth, think about the color of the sun. This does not mean to stop fighting for and supporting what you believe is true, it only means to spend more time verifying the truth, and to question your own assumptions to ensure they are correct. If you expect others to do it, don;t you own them the same courtesy?

St. Josephs School to host open house Sunday January 29

If you have ever wondered what a Catholic School has to offer, this Sunday January 29th is your chance to find out. As part of Catholic Schools week, St. Joseph’s Catholic School opens its doors for a drop in open house from 12 – 2:30 PM.  Visitors will get a chance to meet with faculty, staff, school board members and parents to get a feel for the school and to determine if Catholic school is right for their child.

St. Joseph's kindergartners 100 days
St. Joseph’s kindergartners celebrate their 100th day in school. Photo courtesy St. Joseph’s.

St. Joseph’s School is now enrolling students from 3K to 6th grade. According to their website, “Catholic Schools seek to prepare our children in mind and spirit during the most formative and vulnerable time of their lives so that they can live lives full of hope, joy, and peace, no matter what challenges they meet. Each day in the Catholic School presents opportunities for students to put their values to use–in the classroom, at lunch, and during recess.”

Tuition uses a graduated 3 tier system and is as follows for the 2016-2017:

4K – 6th
Standard rate: $7,764 per academic year
Catholic rate: $6,219 per academic year
Stewardship rate: $5,665 per academic year

3K (Second number is morning session rate)
Standard rate: $6,100/$3,900 per academic year
Catholic rate: $5,400/$3,200 per academic year

The school is located at 905 High Street in Macon. Call (478) 742-0636 for more details.

For great tamales and tacos, try Tzango Cocina del Mundo

Few things are as traditionally Mexican as the tamale. Tamales are usually savory meat or vegetable filling wrapped in a cozy blanket of masa dough, shielded and formed by corn husks and then steamed to a creamy tender delight. But they can also have cheese or sweet fillings and have been around since the time of the Aztecs.

I have not usually been a fan of tamales, since the ones that I have had have been gritty to the teeth and have been generally poorly prepared and not all the flavorful, this changed during recently when I was lucky enough to take a chance on some tamales from Tzango Cocina del Mundo on Hartley Bridge Road in Southern Bibb County.

Oaxaca Tamale Dinner from Tzango
Tzango’s Oaxaca Tamale Dinner comes with two tamales, sour cream, sauce, and a side crema salad. The tamales are pictured here inside the protective banana leaf wrapper, which should be removed before eating. Photo by Doug Deal.

Although likely out of the way for many who may read this, the extra drive is well worth it if you are craving a tamale. Although pork is usually the filling of choice, Tzango makes theirs with a spicy marinated shredded chicken. You won’t miss the pork. Another change is that they wrap their tamales in a banana/plantain leaf instead of a corn husk. This is a subtle modification, but a good one as it is a little like unwrapping a Christmas present.

You can order them a-la-carte or as a meal of two with sides of rice and crema salad for just $10. They are so good, they inspired me to make my own tamales at home. Mine were also pretty tasty, but it is not worth the effort if you can get the Oaxaca Tamale Dinner at Tzango for a reasonable price.

Tzango Tamale
Tzango chicken tamales are a family recipe. After steaming the masa dough comes out in a dumpling like texture with hints of corn. The slow cooked marinated chicken is extremely flavorful. Be sure to remove the banana leaf before eating. Photo by Doug Deal.

Tamales are not all they have. They also have a delicious selection of tacos, starting with the regular ground beef taco and working up to gourmet soft tacos with ingredients such as steak, marinated pork, shredded brisket, shrimp, chorizo, chicken and fish. For the adventurous they also have ox tongue. I have tried most and for $9 for three, it’s a pretty good deal and quite filling.

Beyond that and other traditional Mexican food favorites, they have a number of dishes that would appeal to those who want something with less carbs. Besides, fajitas, they also have a signature platter which is grilled meat with or without veggies. Also on the middle is pork chops, carne asada (thin sliced grilled and marinated steak) as well Fire Steak, which is a 10oz sirloin topped with spicy peppers and salsa. All of these are fantastic and reasonably price, albeit the sirloin is a bit more expensive that the others.

Tzango Taco
The marinated pork in this gourmet soft taco is perfectly accented with a little cilantro, lime and sour cream. Tzango has a whole selection of tacos for whatever flavor you savor, $3.50 each or three for $9.00. Photo by Doug Deal.

Sandwich or “tortas” are also on the menu and they feature a different one each day, but the waitress says they are all available any day.  Monday, the featured sandwich is the Torta Cubana, which is a traditional Cuban sandwich with shredded pork, cheese and pickles on a Portuguese roll. One of my favorites. For $8, it includes fries and choice of chips, salad or rice and beans.

Lastly, the service has been excellent. They are always friendly and quick to ask if you need anything.

Tzango is open 11-9 Monday through Thursday, 11-10 on Friday, 4-9:30 on Saturday and 11:30-9 on Sunday. They are at 3045 Hartley Bridge Rd, Suite B in South Macon. Their phone number is (478) 784-8858.


Professional Wrestling returning to Macon January 15th

Pro wrestling is returning to Macon! This Sunday, January 15th, New Generation Pro Wrestling (NGPW) will be live at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway for their Championship Chaos event.

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the action will start at 4:30 pm. However, a VIP Ringside seat will get you in at 3:30 pm for a meet and greet. The meet and greet is a unique experience where fans will get to see the stars up close. Autographs and pictures will be available. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $12 for Ringside VIP.

The Jagged Edge AIWF Champion.
AIWF Champion The Jagged Edge will be part of the Main Event as New Generation Professional Wrestling comes to the Anderson Conference Center in Macon. Photo courtesy the NGPF Facebook page.

Former WWE superstar and TNA wrestler, MVP will be in action. Also on hand will be former WWE star and Smackdown General Manager, Teddy Long. At the show, you will see #HeelDaddy Chris Nelms, AJ Steel, and Terry “Rocker” Lawler. Other matches include Sean Nelson vs Skrilla, Chris Henry and Twisted vs Trevor Aeon and Charlie Anarchy with a special appearance by Micah Taylor and Mr. Hollywood. Both the AIWF Americas Championship and the AIWF Heritage Championship will be on the line!

This will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to see world class professional wrestling on an intimate level. This is sure to be a much more personal event than one of the large scale companies where you sit in the rafters to cheer on wrestlers you can barely see. Here, the action will be in your face and you will have a much greater interaction with the performers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Anderson Conference Center. For more information, call 404-667-0029.

NGPW Championship Chaos
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00
Anderson Conference Center in Macon, GA
$10 General Admission, $12 Ringside VIP

Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.
Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.