Category Archives: Ansel Head’s Education

A Santa Fe Education

There’s no reason that Ansel Head should like Santa Fe. He grew up in Alabama with its hot, humid weather; green was everywhere. By the time he came along, Kudzu had already covered any barren land; and it was well … Continue reading

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Jay Maisel’s Boot Camp

Ansel Head felt he owed his family and friends some relief. Even though he was pretty certain that none had ever looked at his previous “Continuing Education” picture books, he felt their interest would be better served if he tried … Continue reading

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Folsom Comes to the Rescue

At the end of his Birmingham years, the developer Ansel Head found himself in uncharted waters. His efforts to re-invigorate the historic downtown were in shambles. The bankers, politicians, investors, and reporters, who had just months earlier been singing his … Continue reading

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407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio

A tattoo and piercing studio moved in next door to Ansel Head’s restaurant. This was something new to Head; he knew little of life beyond the narrow confines of his private school education. Not being the intellectual in the family … Continue reading

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Robert Thomas Brooke, a.k.a., The Red Pig

No relative of the Red Pig would volunteer to write a brief story of his short life for McCallie’s 50th reunion publication; so the task fell to his old roommate, Ansel Head. What follows is Head’s tale in his own words … Continue reading

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American Spirit

What is the American Spirit? Ansel Head could never quite put his finger on the answer. There is something there though. He senses it in himself and in other Americans. It is stronger in some than others, but it is … Continue reading

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The Holy City

In the unsophisticated opinion of the young Ansel Head, he had been boorishly treated when he was suddenly and without recourse yanked from religious schooling with his best friend Ross at the South Highland’s Presbyterian Church, forced into the suffocating, perfume … Continue reading

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Chancellorsville, Lee and Jackson At Their Best

Perhaps it was because he lacked the superior intellect required for an Ivy League Education that Ansel Head shunned German philosophy and Greek tragedies and gravitated instead towards Civil War battles. When he got older, he was heartened to learn … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience Is Alive & Well

Ansel Head’s college education failed to include courses on civil disobedience, even though it was all the rage during that time. Yes, his friend Gates did organize a Viet Nam War protest one sunny afternoon; but Head recalls only two … Continue reading

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When To Stand, When To Sit, When To Pray…..

Ansel Head’s father stepped into the doorway to his son’s bedroom, “Rise and shine!” Unlike most mornings, Head jumped right up. It was Sunday, and he was looking forward to his Sunday School at South Highland’s Presbyterian with the Formans. … Continue reading

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