Category Archives: Ansel Head’s Education

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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The Sign Of The Devil

Ansel Head’s brief recess from a formal religious education came when his parents left Canterbury Methodist.  Had his grandmother, from her high station at Hill-Leigh, failed to vanquish forever the collarless tweed jacket, ruffled shirt, hideous short pants, knee socks, … Continue reading

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A Wanna-Be Hell’s Angel

No one in Ansel Head’s household rode motorcycles. Whenever the subject came up, Head’s mother would point to her adopted cousin, Delma, who was walking around on a wooden leg, his real one having been lost in a motorcycle accident … Continue reading

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The Way, The Truth, And The Light

When he was six or seven, Ansel Head remembers there being a lull in his church centered education. For some reason, he stopped attending Canterbury Methodist. Maybe the family was on the losing side of the merger with the bigger … Continue reading

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