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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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Roseanne Cash and the New Jerusalem

Conflating a few recent experiences and muses here, but I hope this free association exercise is worth your while.
A few blogposts back I talked about Rick Bragg column on Collinsville's Trade Day in Southern Living. The essay is easily googled up as well as my comment there.
Since then My Knife salesman friend at Trade Day who moonlights as a Physics proff and biographer of Hitler Youth who have become American Citizens is developing his thoughts on Trade Day as a Saturday Educational enterprise.
I think he's on to something. He may share in Bragg's comment stream; or he has open invitation here.
One new friend at Trade Day is the wife of the man building the log cabins. We're trying to figure a way to get a picture up of the new work in progress.
They have roots in Blairsville and Pickens County Georgia. I spent three early years in nearby Hayesville and Momma had a cousin settle in Jasper where she saw John Jeffers and his wife at a funeral in 83 or so.
The lady said the F5 tornado that took out Piedmont, Alabama (Furman grad Kelly Clem was pastor of the Goshen UMC Church that got national attention) in 94 also destroyed her home in Pickens County, and killed 8 of her neighbors. I thought she said the little community outside Jasper was New Jerusalem but it's Jerusalem.
A friend of mine saw Johnny Cash daughter Roseanne in Arkansas couple weeks ago eating breakfast. He's just seen the work Roseanne and friends are doing to make historical site of Cash's homeplace. Roseanne Told Todd it needs some work and he agreed.
Roseanne was on NPR Fresh Air, repeat Friday talking about the list. I heard it the first time in 2009 but forgot she was a fan of Arvo Part, as is Michael Stipe and myself.
My Dad preached from the book of Revelation about the New Jerusalem. There is a tie in somewhere but I haven't perfected it in this post.
I'll keep working on it.


Anonymous Roseanne Fresh Air said...

Just click on name here and will take you to great interview of Cash where if you are interested enough you can hear her talking about Arvo Part.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Johnny's friend said...

I reckon you ain't heard about Roseanne's daddy, Johnny Cash and his Folsom Prison Renaissance. Was Johnny Cash saved? Billy Graham thought he might be. If you had a woman as sweet as June Carter Cash, Behold; you might be in the New Jerusalem; but one thing for sure. It ain't in Alabama.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny's Friend-
Don't worry about Johnny's salvation-worry about your own!Another thing-New Jerusalem may or may not be in Alabama,but-I do know where it isn't located-and that is south down Highway 11 close to the Etowah county line-Do a google search on your home computer and verify my statement-
"Walk the line,you may hear that train a comin'

A Real Johnny Cash fan

2:49 PM  
Anonymous David Crocker said...

I am not David Crocker but I am aware of his work at Snyder Memorial and Operation Inasmuch.
I know how to get in touch with him.
Johnny Cash wrote a song near the End: Your Own Personal Jesus.
Roseanne had a great interview on Fresh Air and this person who knows Jerry Boykin did as well.
Click on the Crocker name and tell the people at Snyder

2:51 PM  
Anonymous W.P. Helton said...

"That will be a glad reunion day." All went well with a full house, and a Royal Flush of new generation Helton believers today.. The old generation is passing. only 9 were present of the original 43 of the grandchildren and Bob and Carrie Helton; 14 are living today. Wonderful program given by the guest speaker mentioned above. Next year we may can get Doug Carver or Alec Metaxas. That too, will be a glad reunion day.

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