GEORGIA: Comfortable Again

In the red-clay country around Marietta, Ga. an old story was retold. An ancient and destitute woman had scrabbled for years in one of the town's back streets. One day she took sick and a squad of church ladies moved in, tidied her shack, bathed her, dressed her in clean clothes and tucked her into a clean bed. When they called next day, they found the old woman and her bed back in the familiar rags. "I just wasn't comfortable," she explained. "I'll have to git used to them clean clothes gradual."

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