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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.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper is Dead

Stop all the Clocks

Hopper was a grand fellow and had stark contribution to American Film.

He played some Dark Roles that are imprinted in my consciousness, as Paris Trout and as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet.

Time Magazine said Paris Trout was one of the Top Ten Films of 1990. He created an archetype that rang true for darker aspects of a certain kind of small town Southern character of the mid 20th Century from the 40's through the 60's.

Christian Century applauded his work in Blue Velvet as did Al Gore's classmate at Vanderbilt, Roy Blount,from Decatur Georgia.
2002 or so I talked to Blount in Atlanta about Blount's charmed memory of a Christmas gift his children gave him, a scene with cutouts inserted from Blue Velvet; a family member dancin on the roof of the car to Orbison.
Was cosmic relief for Blount.

"I'd Do the Same Thing Again."

Twenty two fifty, that's a real Number."

"I'm not responsible for the circumstances of her birth".

And the colored girl's Mother Said: "Don't Worry Child, Jesus will be here soon and cover us both with a blanket."

And From the NY Times Obit: "Everyone here that I've invited--and Obviously some I did not invite--have enriched my life tremendously."

And the LA Times:,0,1590124,full.story

STuff of legends; iconic and now that gift for Darkness is gone.

Hopper is dead. The Corspe Bird waits for us all.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Collinsville Baptist and May 28, 2006: Lest We Forget

Memorial Day will always have a Double Ring to it for Me.
Recently I noticed where Collinsville Baptist Pastor John Morgan has brought to the folks attention the 200 year Anniversary Upcoming of the Founding of the Church. My Mom and Dad were in the Picture for the 175th Anniversary near the front row.
John Jeffers was in that picture as well.

Come back to this blog in a couple weeks as I develop some thoughts but have two links in mind for a group of phone treers there as Collinsville is historic church for sure; not only for the scenes in two documentaries shown on statewide Public television in the last 20 years.

Here are two links to consider as this blogpost takes shape

And in this Review of the First Decade of the 21st Century I conflate Collinsville with Newsweek Magazine's Jon Meacham, raised up the road in Chattanooga, and others. See the comment line of my friend John Pierce Review of the Decade.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Joe Gould's Secret Redux

I'm conflating my original blog for today with this link just came about to Joe Gould's Secret.

I saw the film several years ago and was thinking about it today 2 days into my 57th year.
I was sharing the link with friends in Gaffney.
Below are some thoughts from this morning.
For most of the day I have been thinking about Debra Ganik and Billy Graham. Tomorrow I hope to think about something else.

Cost Cutting Measures cost 30 dollars
That's been my experience in the last 24 hours and reeking havoc with my personal finances.
If I were transparent I'm afraid I may say too much.
I guess proper analogy would be the wife in The Man Who Wasn't There with Billy Bob Thornton after the family picnic. Her solilquy there is blindingly, unflinchingly True.
Some fellow on Charlie Rose, maybe Katzenberg drove the point home couple days ago on my Birthday; and Scott Turow wasn't bad either the next day.
One of my friends has been invited and present at Charlie Rose Table, but I haven't been seated yet. Waitin on the call.

On a lighter note, Collinsville is hosting its first annual Rubber Duck river race tomorrow. Grand event, though I think they may need to refine the course; Reconsider start and finish Line. But they are in right direction with this one, I feel.

Call Roger Dutton today at Collinsville Barber Shop:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fifty Seven Today

This morning I woke up thinking about The Corpse Bird, a Short Story by Ron Rash from his collection Burning Bright. I read it for the 2nd time yesterday.
So Two things I know today, I am mortal and Christ Died for the Ungodly.
But I am no more Ungodly than you are. Fleming Rutledge is right about that in her magnificent collection of sermons Help My Unbelief.
I watched Christopher Hitchens and the Muslim novelist discuss matters of Faith on BookTv Monday night. I dismiss them. I'm staying with Abraham, Isaac,Jesus, Stewart Newman and My Dad here in my 57th year.
Yesterday I also read great interview of Debra Granik who talks about the theology of AND in film magazine on bookstands now at Barnes and Noble and Elsewhere. I commend it to you.
Comes from her film Winter's Bone set in Northwest Arkansas and rings true for me.

So now you have an option. You can send me a card--I don't mind late ones--to Collinsville, Alabama. That's Steve Fox, collinsville, Alabama.
I'll get it soon and you are more than welcome to put a dollar or two in it if you like.
And or you can approach your local friends and pool your funds to Netflix or otherwise get a copy of Winter's Bone and the White Ribbon
for your progressive Church group to discuss; and please voice attribution, and thank me by name for the recommendation.

Don't worry about me being too heavy on my birthday though I could lose about 57 pounds.
I do plan to get the free Strawberry Shortcake coming to me by virtue of my presence at a Cracker Barrel before the day is over.
As William Blake Said

.....It is right, it Should be So.....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

No Protestant on the Supreme Court

Robert Parham does an excellent job framing the question at

I don't have a lot to add other than I think that if there is a Protestant in the future the likes of Oliver Buzz Thomas, formerly a school board member in Alcoa, Tennessee, or his colleague Charles Haynsworth, would be much much better than some nominee of Casey Mattox and the Christian Legal Society; though all other things being equal I think I could support Casey for Dekalb County School Board, possibly even someday a successor to Lowell Barron, if Casey were to come out for Constitutional Reform in the State and he were interested in the job.

But I digressed.
So in the meantime here is the matter at hand:

Parham at his Best on the SCOTUS

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kinda what it's like to be a Preacher's Kid

Split the difference between what Kearse says here and what Marshall Frady said in my comment recommend and you get close to the situation.

Kremer was almost a Rhodes Scholar.

His cousin In laws set the academic standards in Gaffney where I finished High School. It all makes sense in some way.

Compare this remembrance to Ga Mtns and Beyond thoughts on Belonging; and John Fariss memories of growing up near Talladega, Alabama and you got three good testimonies coinciding in the last ten days.

Fariss is linked in Thornton Blog announcement at if you want to do the detective work on your own.

And while there check out the link to the KJV and American Lit.

May 28, 2006 is part of my Religious History. Maybe more on that later. And Maybe a book after that.

First the June issue of Baptists Today and we all go forward from there.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Nick Saban at Kent State 40 yrs. ago Today

Four Dead in Ohio.

Neil Young sang about it.

How does that moment or did that moment bend Saban, the National Championship Coach for this Political Moment in Alabama as framed by the Howell Raines piece on Bear Bryant and George Wallace in the 1983 New Republic.

Is Nick any different than the Great Bear in how he can use use his political influence for Progress in Alabama.
Does he have any more savvy, motivation or conviction in that arena than Paul Bryant had?

Or Am I and such notions out to lunch?

Monday, May 03, 2010

Cuomos of Biblical or Shakespearean Proportions?

In today's NY Times or check the link in the Public Policy forum at