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Security vs Privacy – Quote of the Day

by Don Martin ~ June 11th, 2013

We have all heard Sir Edmund Burke’s warning that, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Given all the current turmoil over the proper balance between our protection and our rights, I thought it might be useful to review a brief historical note from someone almost universally respected for having understood history pretty well.

“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength our gallant and disciplined army? These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of those may be turned against our liberties, without making us weaker or stronger for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises.” – Abraham Lincoln From an extemporaneous campaign discourse on the Declaration of Independence in 1858 reported in the Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, May 21, 1860.

The Tate Reserve

by Don Martin ~ June 7th, 2013

I just wanted to give you a heads up that a great North Georgia community will have new homes coming out of the ground soon. More notes below the short video.

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The Tate Reserve has actually been awaiting its unveiling for several years now. The original planned opening coincided with the major market downturn and the developers were fortunate enough to be able to wait for the market to come back. The roads and curbs are in and the lots are beautiful. The home owners will not only have the benefit of gated security, but also complete access to all the amenities over at Bent Tree, just a few minutes away.

I expect models to come out of the ground in weeks and the sales office to be geared up at the same time. I am familiar with the community and the developer and will be working to assist clients in the purchase of both lots and home packages. If you would like a private tour before the activity heats up, please give me a call. Once the sales office is open I will still be able to assit buyer clients from selection all the way to closing – and I am looking forward to it.

Opportunity is about to knock. Listen Closely for the sounds of great new community blossoming right before your eyes.

See ya ’round the mountains,


Don’t Miss “Lend Me A Tenor”

by Don Martin ~ May 18th, 2013
Tater Patch's Lend Me A Tenor

Tater Patch Players Presents Lend Me a Tenor

Sorry for the late notice, but my schedule didn’t permit us to get to the Tater Patch Player’s rollicking presentation of Lend Me a Tenor until last night and now you need to re-arrange your schedule so you can go see it tonight. The entire ensemble cast is outstanding and works together beautifully. For you long time Tater Patch Fans – a warm welcome back to Jan Simpson after a 10 year absence.

If you don’t recall the story line – a world famous opera virtuoso, Tito Merelli ( tour de force presentation by Alex Nawrocki) runs into a few problems during a one night stand in 1934 in Cleveland (famous for bringing us the scale – and not much else.) In one afternoon and evening lovers quarrel and make up, there is tragic illness and death ( well not quite), sultry trysts (well not quite), mistaken identities (lots of them) and great lines.

You deserve a break tonight, so grab the wife / husband or significant other ( not both please – there is enough of that on stage) and get yourself out to a local restaurant for dinner and then to theater. Curtain Rises at 7:30 and there are still seats available. For more information: Tater Patch Players

See ya ’round the mountains,

The last, full measure of devotion…

by Don Martin ~ May 27th, 2013
Memorial Day 2013

Lest We Forget

Sometime today pause for just a moment to remember that Freedom isn’t Free and that the simple pleasures we enjoy and take for granted every day, were paid for with a great price. Many spent countless days in harm’s way, and as Lincoln reminds us, some gave “..the last full measure of devotion,..” so that we might be free and live our lives with dignity and respect in the greatest Republic the world has yet known.

The Memorial Day holiday grew and developed after the US Civil War; however, its true sentiment and, the title of of this article, is taken from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave the best known, most quoted, and, undoubtedly, one of the most moving battlefield tributes ever written.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

In 1868 an organization of Union veterans first marked the holiday as Decoration Day and urged people to decorate the graves of the war’s dead with flowers. There was a large ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; but the idea caught on and there were ceremonies and private moments across the country. The wounds from that conflict still being very raw, there were separate services and observances for the southern war dead as well. The holiday grew and by the end of the nineteenth century was celebrated widely and officially recognized by many state legislatures. After World War I, it was expanded to honor the fallen of all wars; but, it was not until 1971 that it became an official federal holiday and moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May.

So enjoy your holiday, but consider stopping by a Veterans’ cemetery, decorating a grave marker for family member, family friend, or one of the countless heroes remembered only by God at this point, instructing a child on why we have this day off, or just taking a moment to be very, very grateful.

May God Bless America and all that call her home.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Do You Need Motivation?

by Don Martin ~ May 31st, 2013

I was sitting at my desk, trying to figure out how in the world to solve a major problem, when this showed up in my inbox. Suddenly, my problem is not so major and I am guessing there is a way to solve it. If this won’t make you both thankful for what you have and motivated to do more, I am not sure what would.

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See ya ’round the mountain,


215 Frost Pine – Coming Soon

by Don Martin ~ June 3rd, 2013
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Ben and I were out listing this home this morning. Is should be on FMLS in 48 hours and all over the world shortly after that.
So If you know someone looking for a great home in Bent Tree, have them give me a call and we’ll see if we can help them beat the rush.

See ya ’round the mountains,


Lovely “Painted Lady” in Nelson to Have New Owner

by Don Martin ~ June 6th, 2013

Just for the uninitiated, “a Painted Lady” is an affectionate name for beautiful old Victorian homes that were often painted in pastel colors. You can find whole blocks of them in older Southern cities like Savannah or Charleston.

This lovely example is a 1930′s vintage beauty, which reportedly served as the Boarding House for the teachers hired for children of the workers employed by the Georgia Marble Company. It would certainly appear that the fireplace is adorned with Etowah Pink marble from this area. The front steps and steps coming up from the hill clearly came from the local mine.

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I have been working with this client for a long time and am delighted to have assisted her in finding and purchasing her dream home.

Maybe I can help you find yours too.

See ya ’round the mountains,


Some Holiday Fun Courtesy of Budweiser

by Don Martin ~ December 26th, 2013

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. As you get ready for the New Year, here are some of the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials from the archives. Enjoy.

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See you ’round the mountains,


Merry Christmas

by Don Martin ~ December 25th, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Jasper was fortunate enough to have a live concert this year by a 8 piece brass and wind ensemble that led by our own Dr. Carl McCurdy.

A few more selections follow. I had hoped to have posted sooner, but Christmas day is not too late for Christmas music. Enjoy

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From our Family to yours, our Very Best Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2014!

See you ’round the mountains,


“A Musical Tapestry of Southern Joy”

by Don Martin ~ December 13th, 2013
Christmas Concert

Come Join Us for a great evening of music and fellowship.

If you don’t have something scheduled for tonight and you want to get your Christmas Season off to a new and unusual start, please drop by the Fellowship Presbyterian Church on Bent Tree Drive tonight for our annual Christmas Concert. You’ll be greeted by the Bent Tree Strings, the Jasper Young Singers, A Blue Grass band and, of course, our own Chancel Choir. Even the choir’s selections cover a variety of styles from traditional to gospel. There will be a reception following the presentation and everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there.

Merry Christmas & We’ll…

See ya round the mountains,