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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hope from Va. Tech; and a NY Times Review

Here is one vignette, a Christian testimony, from a listing of several from the Horror on Monday at Va. Tech.

Twenty-five-year-old Brian Bluhm was active in Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Virginia Tech as an undergrad, but wasn't around as much after entering graduate school. He attended Northstar Church, a tight-knit congregation with several members from the university community.

"Brian was a Christian, and first and foremost that's what he would want to be remembered as," a friend and former roommate told the Associated Press.

Nansemond River, Restoration Church and Grove Avenue are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. First Baptist Church in Narrows and Northstar Church belong to the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

Bluhm grew up in Iowa and in a suburb of Detroit. He moved away from Michigan when he was 7 and went to high school in Louisville, Ky., but was hooked for life as a Detroit Tigers fan. He contributed regularly to on-line message boards discussing the Tigers. He reportedly posted to one site in particular,, nearly 35,000 times over the past five years.

His favorite Tiger, center fielder Curtis Granderson, made Bluhm No. 1 friend on his blog.

"I never met Brian in person, but he was an important part of my life over the past several years," wrote a Tiger fan from Massachusetts. "The same sentiment is being expressed by hundreds of friends on the blogs and message boards which make up our community. Our thoughts are with his family today."

Bluhm considered Blacksburg his home, and he was an avid fan of Hokies sports. He had finished writing his thesis and had a job lined up in Baltimore.

Last week he found an apartment in Baltimore and got to see a game between the Orioles and his beloved Tigers at Camden Yards. That left Bluhm's chat-room friends with the happy thought that he was on hand for Craig Monroe's 12th-inning grand slam to give Detroit a 4-1 win.

Bob Allen is managing editor of
and here is a link to the rest

Fox: If my Dad were still alive, these testimonies would be the crux of his sermon this coming Sunday I have to believe, as they will be in several churches this Sunday.

And from last Sunday's NY Times this review by the brilliant James Wood. If the Lord tarries and life is tolerable, I may attempt to sit it on one of Wood's lectures when he visits Sewanee this summer, about 95 minutes north, toward Nashville.

I confess I am struggling to digest some of Wood's effects here, but I think I got the pigeon thing.


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