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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, August 20, 2010

Time for Me To Get Low

Great movie, great cast; take the Family to see it

Lot of folks in Collinville,should see it; and folks in Conasauga, Tn as well.

Here is the official link. If you live in North Alabama,keep an eye out for it at the Rave in Huntsville and ask them to bring Winter's Bone around

Couple other items. SBCVoices discussion is strong about Ed Setzer's SBC; and Mosque discussion is strong at

The cornbread is good at Smoke on the Water just up from the Bridge.

Doris Betts has great essay on how she learned to Write in Sunday School. You may want to google that.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Mary Oliver's Great Poem

Rather, one of her Great poems. You may want to google her Poem Maybe, the one that first brought her to my attention.
But here is the most recent that has come my way:

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life.

Mary Oliver

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Harper Lee, Annie Lucas Brown and Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the author of great new book on Too Kill a Mockingbird. I just left this note at her blog so maybe she can come to Collinsville and the Library Board and former Mayor can explain some of their actions to her:

I testified about what TKAM meant to me and got published in the online version of the Anniston Star. You may want to check that site for the several statements that made the Print issue about a couple months ago.
I may put my offering up at my blog and or here in short time.
Friend of mine who was former book page editor of the Charlotte Observer, a great fan of TKAM himself thought I did an "outstanding job."
I am about to blog and reference you site about one of many Atticus Finches I have come across; Earl Stalling of the FBC Birmingham, Al in 1963. He was there when Dianne McWhorter plans were frustrated trying to get down town to the Alabama Theatre to see the movie.
I'm reading your book and getting the word out.
Great service you have done to our country; no kidding.
Do check out my blog on Stallings

While I have it near at hand, check this great lecture about Civil Rights and Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Berlin, March of this Year.

And Google Jonahtan Bass book Blessed Are the Peacemakers and read the story there about Stallings; Great Stuff

Stephen Fox

Collinsville, Al where my Grandfather Jordan ran for School board in the nineteen teens as a Lincoln Republican as was soundly defeated.

End Quote from submission to her site:

Several great testimonies there from Scott Turow--Mark Morgan may like that one--Dianne McWhorter and Piedmont, Alabama's Rick Bragg; Tom Brokaw, Oprah, and a Black woman from Selma, Alabama who teaches English there.
Quite frankly I always thought Paul Hemphill's Leaving Birmingham was a better take on the city than McWhorter's; but I have to give it to Dianne, her story on going to school with Scout, Mary Oldham, in Mtn Brook and going downtown to see TKAM at the Alabama Theatre when King's Children were marching and President Kennedy was watching on the Huntley Brinkley Newshour, and Earl Stallings was preaching to Albert Lee Smiths wider network, the folks Hugo Black left behind in Bham; that's a great story as are they all.
Must read for any of you who care about Alabama and want to witness to our friends Lowell Barron and Rick Lance and Bob Terry and various Baptist Deacons across the state.