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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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"My adrenalin was goin.....

Maybe I was runnin a little faster than usual" said this McArthur kid in the win at Calhoun, Georgia yesterday.

Charlie Culberson got the win. Had baseball writer David Halberstam not died a month ago in the car crash in Berkley, I woulda tried to get word to him about it.
Halberstam wrote Culberson's distant cousin Leon up; wrote him up in the heart tattering memoir The Teammates; about the time Culberson goes in for Joe Dimmagio's brother Dom in the 46 Series between the BoSox and St. Louey Cards.
Enos Country Slaughter stole home.
I went south of this playoff game yesterday by about 15 miles. Had I been heads up, I think I woulda rerouted from Liberty South Carolina where I understand they have a good spaghetti buffet, and I caught the game.
Here are the necessary links for the larger picture. Cormac McCarthy is in there cause his last great novel covered by James Wood in current talks about Tellico Plains, just over the ridge. McCarthur, Culberson and Furman football coach Nephew Lamb could walk right off the field and be characters in several McCarthy novels with Lucas Black and whomever.

Click on these

And my exchange with Halberstam in Spring of 03

Attalla, Ala.: My dad died in '99. He loved the Red Sox. The All Star game in '90s when Yaz had retired and was coaching third base, my dad stands up watching the TV when they announced Yaz's name and started crying.
You're a great guy and I understand you knew Will Campbell as cub reporter doing the Civil Rights gig.
I Read "Breaks of the Game" and "Playing for Keeps" and will read this one. Thanks for your great work.
Stephen Fox, Collinsville, Ala., posting from a library in Attalla

David Halberstam: You're lucky that you had a father who cared so much about a team that does such a good job of breaking hearts. I've got a great friend, Marty Nolan, former editor of the editorial page of the Boston Globe, than who there is not a more devoted Red Sox fan. And he was the one who came up with the great saying of the Red Sox, "They killed my father, and now they're coming after me."

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines and Gerry Mandering

Here may be the definitive wrapup on Jerry Falwell. I found the repeated references to Jerry Vines fascinating as Jerry Vines twice pastored the West Rome Baptist Church in Rome Georgia bout a mile from where my Dad got saved and Baptized about did all his brothers and sisters.

I remember watching Falwell on TV in Gaffney in the late 70's, so he crossed my radar early; bound to happen growing up in a family of Baptist preachers. And I read the Princeton published Book of Jerry Falwell about five years ago.
I think what Rick Warren said about Falwell is true; as well as what Uncle Prentice said, which in effect is with all his flaws Falwell is in heaven. If Falwell ain't there, then about 90 percent of all my family of the last generation didn't make it; and I know they all got much better shot than I did.
So to that extent I come down on Falwell's side against Rosie ODonnell and all his cultured despisers.
But I also come down with Momma, who walked out on Falwell's Closest friend in the ministry, Jerry Vines, when Vines was waving his Bible around and lying about Southeastern Seminary at the SBC in Atlanta in 86.

Vines, the rascal, however, could tell a good joke. Said a man went to see the psychiatrist and had a slab of bacon wrapped around both ears and a poached egg on top of his bald head and Said: "Doc, it's about my wife."

So God Rest the Soul of Jerry Falwell and may his Mercy be with Falwell's family and Loved ones.

But again here is a list of top ten Baptists of Falwell's generation, a list he did not make.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Carlyle Marney
Jane Stembridge's father
Will Campbell
Jimmy Carter
LD Johnson
Marshall Frady and his Daddy Yates
Furman's iron lady that saved Furman from the takeover
My Momma
Bill Moyers
TB Matson
Stewart Newman
Billy Graham

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nephew Andrew Robertson makes the A/B Honor Roll

At Mauldin Elementary in the Upstate..

Uncle Dee made stright A's in the Fourth Grade with Miss Farish at Central Elementary.
mY ONLY wish for Andrew is that his academic and career achievements remain more consistent and Even than Uncle Stephen's--how about that rhyme--which have not exactly stayed on the High plateau of his early promise; if Miss Chadwick's note in his Senior Annual is didactic.

But Congrats to Andrew

Mauldin Elementary honor rollPublished: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 2:00 am
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The following students were included on the honor roll for Mauldin Elementary School for the second, nine-week session.
Second Grade
All A's
Josh Adams, Uzair Ahmed, Christopher Armstrong, Ryan Barnard, Charlie Bollinger, Montana Brown, Savannah Bullard, Gabby Burke, Natalia Castro, Anish Chaluvadi, Makayla Colopy, Katie Colwick, Kristen Cook, Sophia Creazzo, Joseph DeSanto, Kalley Eggert, Sarah Farley, Zach Greenway and Brandon Hall.

Also, Branson Hall, Jacob Hallman, Gretchen Horvath, Gabriel Ingmire, Alex Johnson, Kaylen Johnson, TyJai Johnson, Tiya Jones, Matthew Justice, Ankith Khandavalli, Christian Laboissonniere, Samuel Lawton, Dezmond Lloyd, Brianna Loaizo, Alexis Lopez, Emily Marshbanks, Blake Martin and Haley Martin.
Also, Kelsey McCloskey, C J Miers, Kundana Narla, Renzie Pinckney, Thomas Purvis, Ranneisha Pyles, Khalil Rice, Jonathan Riddle, Kiara Robinson, Nick Sessions, Jenna Seubarran, Sydney Stapleton, Jada Storr, Crisja Stroud, Jy'Kya Sullivan, Bryce Tanner, Evan Thibodeaux, Isa Todisco, Katie Tuffin, Camden Vaughn, Cody Wells, Alyssa Will and Thomas Wright.
All A/B's
Nassim Al-Nawasreh, Natalie Beeler, Christopher Belli, Chase Bowie, Madison Brown, Simon Bui, Tiffany Carroll, Tra'vell Carter, Chip Castle, Danielle Collier, Dylan Collins, Andrew Crawford, Chanell Crouch, Jordan Drinks, Douglas Earle, Christina Fifer, T. J Foster, Treasure Gibbs, Isabella Gogna and Cameron Greer-Martin.
Also, Imani Hargett, Emily Harrison, Adrian Haupt, Abby Heinrich, Catelyn Henry, Brandie Hill, Kayla Howerton, Katie Huffstetler, Sharlotte Hung, Mirical Hunter, Graham Lawrence, Victorya Lawrence, Andres Lopez, Mitch Melson, Blake Minton, Connor Minton, Elliott Moore, Rachel Morris and Zion Morrow.
Also, Ashley Ohanuka, Haron Palmer, Jacob Paulsen, Dorothy Piner, Michael Polgar, Gracie Pruitt, Paige Raper, Devin Remley, Alli Roberts,

Andrew Robertson,

Sandelyn Sadler, Mircle Sercey, Ben Shook, Jerry Simpson, Taylor Singleton, Jared Smith, Zeb Sneed, Amanda Teague, Brittany Tobin and Melody Tortoreillo.
Also, Nikhil Vallabhaneni, Callaghan Walker, Mia Walker, Whitney Walters, Alexis Ward, Taylor Watson, Collin Wilson and Shatoria Young.

As you can see Andrew swims in fairly ethnically diverse waters. He reads well and has an active imagination. And he sings

Thanks to Larve for the tip. Her mother has purchased several pairs of britches for little Andrew.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Chile Cheese Slaw Dawg at the Cracker Barrel

Let me get right to the point: I have studied the children's menu at Cracker Barrel for some time now cause that seems the best avenue to getting tea without paying 2 dollars for it. Course they will beat you every time, but they do have a clean operation as JOe Biden would say, and they got that fireplace if you can't afford one in your own home during the winter.
I have pondered and pondered what would it take to get a chili slaw dawg there, cause it ain't on the menu "at the present time" as my brother would say.
Here is about the best I can do. CBarrel has come up with some good chili, and if you ask the right folks when you go in there you can get chile and a cheese sandwich for about 3.99 including tea. If you boil a couple Hebrew Nationals and can slip em past the hostess in a small to middlin glad bag, you are three quarters of the way home.
I like Chic Fil A slaw the best, but Cbarrel will have to do cause you can only get so much in a glad bag and remain inconpicuous. And you always run the risk of leakage.
If this don't suit you, go to Upstate South Carolina and get a skin's hot dog "All the way." That means chile, then find the closest CFA you can and get some slaw and you are getting pretty close, minus the Hebrew National.
Skins has a branch in Cornelia, Georgia if you can't make it all the way to Anderson and that vicinity.
Open to suggestions if any of yall got any.

Sfox, 54 soon and waning

Friday, May 11, 2007


Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me
Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Jai guru deva Jai guru deva

Julie Taymor's movie Across the Universe from this Beatles Song opens this fall on Uncle Prentice's Birthday, least schedule that way now

Monday, May 07, 2007

Updated 5-8: The One True Vision/Pemberton's Bride

I read Pemberton's Bride from Ron Rash's Short Story Collection Chemistry yesterday. It's as strong as advertised. If Nanny and Papa were still alive--they worked the sawmills in Connasauga Tn in the 20's-- and Uncle Roy; they woulda said it was just the way it happened or the way they heard it told.
If you got family anywhere within 200 miles of Murphy, North Carolina, Newport, Tenn or Waynesville, get this story. An eagle, Rattlesnakes, murder, arrogance, blade fight; all the sins of the Old Testament and its judgment are in the 30 odd pages.
It's haunting.

From Monday.
“Acipenser fulvescens,” Rudisell said, the Latin uttered slowly as if an incantation. He put the scute back in his pocket and, without further acknowledgment of Meekins’s existence, stepped around the truck and onto the hardtop. Campbell followed with the fishing equipment and Creech came last with the book. It was a slow, dignified procession. They walked westward toward the store, the late-afternoon sun burnishing their cracked and wasted faces. Coming out of the shadows, they blinked their eyes as if dazzled, much in the manner of old-world saints who have witnessed the blinding brilliance of the one true vision.

Ron Rash from his new collection, worth the price. Not only this one above, but the strong one Pemberton's Bride.

And here, another great link from Mother's Day

"hangin on for another day."

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Emmy Lou's All My Tears

Shoulda put these lyrics up some time ago.

Was listening to them today after the two catfish plate at Cracker Barrell. If you get the kid's two veggie plate, you basically get a free tea and Like Jesus and the 5,000 you get two meals for the price of one and a half. Not quite as miraculous as Jesus but in the right direction.

Hebrews 11:13 and Emmy Lou. More than ever, having recently boned up on Will Campbell's Brother to a DRagonfly in the wake of the passing of Halberstam; more than ever convinced that Emmy Lou is part of the Great Third Testament, the Now One.

Artist/Band: Harris EmmylouLyrics for Song: All My TearsLyrics for Album: Wrecking Ball

When I go don't cry for me
In my fathers arms I'll be
The wounds this world left on my soul
Will all be healed and I'll be whole

Sun and moon will be replaced
With the light of Jesus' face
And I will not be ashamed
For my savior knows my name

It don't matter where you bury me
I'll be home and I'll be free
It don't matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away

Gold and silver blind the eye
Temporary riches lie
Come and eat from heaven's store
Come and drink and thirst no more

So weep not for me my friend
When my time below does end
For my life belongs to him
Who will raise the dead again

It don't matter where you bury me
I'll be home and I'll be free
It don't matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away

Album Lyrics: Wrecking Ball [1995]
Harris Emmylou"Wrecking Ball"
Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be
Emmylou Harris - Goodbye
Emmylou Harris - All My Tears
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
Emmylou Harris - Goin' Back To Harlan
Emmylou Harris - Deeper Well
Emmylou Harris - Every Grain of Sand
Emmylou Harris - Sweet Old World
Emmylou Harris - May This Be Love
Emmylou Harris - Orphan Girl
Emmylou Harris - Blackhawk
Emmylou Harris - Waltz Across Texas Tonight

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Fa So La and Constitutional Reform

The FaSoLa of Robert McNamara's friend, Collinsville's own Bud Oliver was big feature in NY Times today Will cut and paste link for you soon as this computer keeps on giving me error reports.
May 1 Living section

Meanwhile Lenora Pate was exquisite on For the Record Friday night, disposing of the Wilcox County good old boy editor and all his volleys. However I give him prescience for the "judicial article, which Lenora says the current bill handles well. Meanwhile the special interests are already doing push polls trying to tank this reform.
Got to get down to the rank and file. The good folks profiled on the likes of the cover of the Dekalb Advertiser must take up the mantle and drive it home in the bergs and hamlets.
Lenora once mobilized the WMU to defeat gambling. Here is to more frustration and hand wringing but God Bless Her.
Probably not gonna happen in droves but forward thinking communities will order this video and have town hall discussions on this matter.

If the video link comes up later, Lenora is on second half, the last thirty minutes of this hour long show.