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A Journal by Don Gerz

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What it's all about.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy vs. Neighborhood Homeowners

A Presentation to Cobb County Commissioners
by Don Gerz

March 19, 2019

Good morning!

My name is Don Gerz.

Thank you for providing Holly Springs Subdivision and the surrounding neighborhoods with this forum to share our concerns about Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s proposal to build a stadium.

My wife and I have lived in Holly Springs Subdivision since 1978.  We, like virtually all 100-plus homeowners of our neighborhood, are firmly against the school’s proposed stadium for the following reasons:

Only 4-years ago, we were assured by Mt. Bethel Christian Academy that a stadium would never be built next to us.  Now Mt. Bethel has gone back on its word.  Now the school proposes:

+ adding to the existing plant and moving the field against the property line separating Holly Springs Subdivision from their proposed stadium area by 85-feet.  The result would be catastrophic;

+ adding 12-foot-high bleachers on either side of the field, resulting in noise and sight pollution;

+ adding 4-field LED light banks mounted on 90-foot poles, resulting in light and sight pollution;

+ adding commercial public-address speakers, resulting in noise pollution; and

+ adding 2-scoreboards, resulting in still more sight and light pollution.

If Mt. Bethel’s proposed stadium is approved, it will negatively impact our home values to an extraordinary degree.

Homeowners will be exposed to the sound of a loud public address system, increased traffic where there is already too much traffic, referee whistles, screams from the crowds, and bright lights at night, not to mention the noise from practices on many afternoons and early Saturday mornings.

The homeowners on Alberta Drive will be especially negatively impacted by the noise, light, sight pollution, and the assured decline of their property values.

These homeowners on Alberta Drive would be only 85-feet from the proposed stadium, and their homes would be drowning in lights and noise.

Holly Springs Subdivision has enjoyed a quiet and private neighborhood for the last 44-years.  We do not want that to change.

Having a stadium 85-feet away with bright lights and loud noise from practices and especially on game nights will ruin the privacy, peace, and quiet our neighborhood cherishes.

All we want is what Mt Bethel Christian Academy promised to preserve only 4-years ago: our privacy, peace, and quiet.

The school knew the zoning limits when they bought the property. We request that these limits continue to be enforced by your decision today.

Consequently, we request that Mt. Bethel Christian Academy's proposed stadium be denied in perpetuity.

Thank you,

Don Gerz

"The Big Picture" by Don Gerz

If I note a bit of spinach
between your incisors yet
fail to account for your smile,
I ignore the universe
and insult Saturn’s rings,
counting only swirls of dust
and a morsel of green.

And if I reason away
your smile as mere chance
and fail to realize us as
sojourners with mated destinies,
I have slept through all my dreams.

But if we waltz across specks of dust,
look beyond bare bits of green,
and relish our smiles,
we revel in the nuances within all life.

For when we abandon
the details of existence
and leap into the grace that is life,
we become one as two dance
across galaxies with countless
planets and stars at our feet.

It does us little good
if we catalog puzzle pieces
or regard only repeating flecks
of matter wedged between
the left and right sides
of our brains.

In the end, there is no accounting
for the grace of Mind over matter
and the soul of Spirit framing
the big picture of our lives
as a dance meant to last forever.

50 Years of Work: Portfolio of Don Gerz

"Raids on the Inarticulate" by Don Gerz

"God as Process" (Star Trek Theology)

"My Religion" by Don Gerz

I looked up the definition of the word "religion."  Turns out there are two meanings.  The first has to do with a belief in a supreme being.  The second has to do with "the pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance."  This second meaning of religion is the one in which I'm more interested.

"The Clown's Prayer" (Anon.)

As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.

Never let me become so indifferent
that I will fail to see the wonders
in the eyes of a child,
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.

Never let me forget that my total effort is
to cheer people, make them happy,
and forget momentarily
all the unpleasantness in their lives.

And in my final moment,
may I hear You whisper:
"When you made My people smile,
you made Me smile.”

On Reason and Faith by Don Gerz

Reason defines faith as a naked desire for transcendence with an evasion of responsibility, "an opiate of and for the masses."  But the metaphorical and analogical parts of me approach belief as a primordial idea before and beyond time and space that transforms the relative and temporal into the eternal and trans-universal. I am one with the humanistic tenor of divinity and the divine within humanity.

Humanistic spirituality and mythological habits persist as I age like dark bourbon in charred oak barrels. God has become remote yet subtly present.  I am the hybrid of a philosophical Deist and a sacramental existentialist---a religious skeptic who will always have the instinct of belief with a faith that constantly evolves until I find rest through inevitable grace.

"Irrational Noise" (Meme by Don Gerz)