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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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tea Party, Baptist Deacons and Matthew Morgan

Matthew Morgan is a product of Collinsville Baptist Church and the Collinsville School System.
He is also a graduate of Yale Div School now working with the UMC in NYC.
Mary Anne Cole is the niece of Houston Cole, longtime former President of JSU in NE Alabama.
Mary Anne and the Fox family go back at least two generations in Rome Georgia where her family was great friends of my Dad, Uncles and sisters.
Mary Anne is a GOP Bama Committee Woman and head of the Tea Party Movement in NE Alabama; a member of First Baptist Church, Fort Payne.
Also from NW Georgia is Ed Kilgore, now with who had this fascinating conversation with Sarah Posner you can hear here online:

It is a fascinating conversation I hope my friends from Hugo Black's grandson Stephen, to Chic Fil A's Dan Cathy who sat near me in Robert Crapps religion class at Furman fall of 1971 will listen to.

Influential progressive Baptists are taking this up--Kilgore and Posner celebrate Baptist ideas of separation of church and state historically; Kilgore raised a Southern Baptist.
Robert Parham here:
to the former editor of NC Baps Biblical Recorder . I have also brought it to the attention of Adrian Rogers son David in the Christ and Culture Blog at

I think all of us are concerned about the rhetoric of some fundamentalist baptists from Harry Dent's great friend, Ed Young, who Parham spotlights, to some Baptist Deacon bloggers who are preparing for the Apocalypse.
Parham calls on discussions of these matters. I hope Collinsville Baptists wider network of John III, Matthew andSusan W. Morgan; Becky Kennedy; FBC Ft. Payne's Vandy Educated Cherilyn Crowe and their visitting preacher Jon Appleton whose great grandfather is large frame picture in the Overstreet Room of theCollinsville Baptist Church where my Mother was baptized; who they take up Parham's call to engage the discussion.
Matthew in NYC is just a short walk away from our friend Randall Balmer who has written about counterfeit Baptists and other matters.
Appleton will be preaching in the Sunday Morning service in May at FBC Ft Payne as part of their year long anniversary 125 year celebration.

Do read Parham, Cartledge; and listen to Posner and Kilgore.
I am having some conversations with Kilgore. I will link this in an email to Mary Anne and after she has time to listen to P and K, will be more than happy to share her comment in the response line here if she would like to offer a response.


Finally sing along with me and Annie Lucas Brown, Oscar Romero, Martin and Jesus who Rises Again Week from this Coming Sunday.

As many notorious and some not so have said: "It's in the Bible."

Hades Yes We Can:

Utube Countdown with John Boehner:

Monday, March 22, 2010

Obama, Mormons, Baptists, Schlaffly and the Tea Parties

This will be kind of a catch all blog as I have been thinking about these disparate matters for some time.
I think you will like the links.
First, Matthew Morgan, Russ Beene, myself and residents and former residents of DeKalb County Alabama voted for Barack Obama and today we have right to be proud of him.

I cannot say it any better than Mr. Chait at TNR.

A good Mormon died a few days ago. As you see in the following obit, it was Lady Bird Johnson who had some good Alabama Baptist preachers in her ancestry who saw the worth in this Grand Mormon as others did as well. He was the Great Grandson of John Doyle Lee, key figure in the Mtn Meadows Massacre as you see in this obit at the NY Times:

Here at Easter Udall strikes me as a better Mormon than some of the Baptists I talk about in the comment line from this blog:

Church as Family, or Families who rule Churches. There are a lot of good extended families in local Baptist churches, but some times they get off the track into resentments and struggles for status that in some communities quickly break down into conflicts that warp what Jesus had in mind.

At Same time Jefferson is getting diminished so Phyliss Schlafly can rise. And this country,Baptists in particular are in trouble when they elevate Schlalfly passed Jefferson's letter to Danbury Baptists. On that I think even Casey Mattox would agree.

And finally Tea Parties and epithets hailed at John Lewis. Those two links to follow:

Schlafly or Jefferson

Re: Tea Party Ugliness: John Lewis Called N-Word

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Two Great Poems

I got to thinkin about poems in last 24 hours after I heard some good ones.

Hans Ostrom has visitted my blog here; that's the way he got in touch with Kate Campbell who reads his poem on occasion when she sings her song about Jesus and Elvis.
Kate openned for Emmy Lou in Europe in 2002 and a friend of hers and mine has gotten to know Ronnie Cox, who was the first to fall out of the boat in Deliverance.

Laurie Corzett's Gospel reminded me ofHans Ostrom's poem on Emily Dickinson and ElvisI hope she likes this one as much as I liked hers:

Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven
By Hans Ostrom

They call each other “E”. Elvis pickswildflowers near the river and bringsthem to Emily. She explains half-rhymes to him.
In heaven Emily wears her hair long, sportsLevis and western blouses with rhinestones.Elvis is lean again, wears baggy trousers
and T-shirts, a letterman’s jacket from Tupelo High.They take long walks and often hold hands.She prefers they remain just friends. Forever.
Emily’s poems now contain naugahyde, Cadillacs,Electricity, jets, TV, Little Richard and RichardNixon. The rock-a-billy rhythm makes her smile.
Elvis likes himself with style. This afternoonhe will play guitar and sing “I Taste a LiquorNever Brewed” to the tune of “Love Me Tender.”

Emily will clap and harmonize.
Alonein their cabins later,
they’ll listen to the riverand nap.
They will not think of Amherst
or Las Vegas.
They know why God made themroommates.
It’s because Americawas their hometown.
It’s because
God is a thing withoutfeathers.
It’s becauseGod wears blue suede shoes.

And here is Laurie Corzett speaking about the Gospel

Pardon the limning of things, it's the set up, not the rhythm of the Poem.

by Laurie Corzett

Sally, won't you go downtown
Pick up some teabag partyclowns
We'll teach 'em tricks of trade
from streets walled in by degradation
Ain't this nation grand
for glad hands raised in celebration
of shames we dare not name.

Hallelujah Hallelucinations
Hallowed ground baptized in blood
Saved from the cleansing Flood
by sticking to our kind
however we're defining us today
If we were meant to live a different way
wouldn't He have told us?
October 28, 2009

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ron Rash's star rises even Further

Rash was the feature in the book pages of the NY Times yesterday, day of the Oscars.
I have talked to him on several occasions; and it's the closest I'll get to talkin to Abraham Lincoln.
Rash is a supernal one. I wish my Grandmother Fox coulda stayed with us long enough to read his stories.
Woulda been grand to share and discuss his tales with Uncle Edgar and Uncle Fremont and Papa as they ring true from their stories in Conasauga Tn and Walden's Creek; which for Rash is Wautauga and Madison County NC and surroundings, his Yoknatawpha (sp) County.
He is in the Netherlands in the next few days; and in April he goes to France where his One Foot in Eden is in third printing in French.
They love him there, like they loved Faulkner and justifiably so.
I hope GMM who checks my blog often makes sure the library system in North Georgia and Clay County just across the line is flooded with his work, just as it should NE, Alabama.
In one of his novels a character says to another: Smarts like yours just didn't spring up like a Daisy in a bunch of hogweed. And the more you know about Rash and where he came from, the molding of his character and literary gifts you'll see the same is true of him.
I am proud of in Dekalb County, Alabama for having him read for a day couple years ago as now the whole world is taking notice.
And it should.

PS. Be sure you see what gets said about Wesley Davidson. I know what he is talking about and some of you do too.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A Book for Collinsville,Alabama,8599,1364206,00.html

Paul Cuadros, a Home on the Field.

I hope there are several copies in the school and public libraries in the area.

For my friends Phil, Sol, Rigoberto, Jorge, and others

David Gushee is fighting the good fight. I have left a reply there: