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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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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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The Angel Of Death

Ansel Head’s mother died in her bed on her ninety-second birthday. Her daughter, nieces, and the sweetest two ladies on earth were present at the end. Head was on his way, once again driving down I-81 at 80 in his … Continue reading

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Why The Generals

Towards the end of his McCallie years, Ansel Head knew he had learned all that the authorities could put in front of him. Along the way, there had been small glimmers of a practical education which had seeped through the … Continue reading

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Miss Ward’s School

Ansel Head’s father’s friend, Mr. Marks, used to say that everybody had gone to school but no one had been “in” school until they had attended Miss Ward’s. Attending all four years of her elementary academy had made Head a … Continue reading

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Best Job Ever

Ansel Head’s first formal job was during his sixteenth summer. His father had taken him in an earlier year to a store opening in a nice neighborhood to run the cotton candy machine. Requiring little brain power, the task seemed appropriate … Continue reading

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Two Friends Study Colloquialisms

Summer reading for Ansel Head and Wilbur included Mark Twain. His loveable character, Huck Finn, referred to the runaway slave, Jim, who was soon to be his travelling companion and friend, as a nigger. To the baby boom boys, this … Continue reading

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The Gathering Storm

The days were growing longer that May of 1954. Ansel Head and his sister were in the back seat of their father’s Super 88 Oldsmobile on the way to join Simple Simon at Howard Johnson’s on the Atlanta Highway; Head’s … Continue reading

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Three Friends Start Out Together

Miss Ward had done the best she could with Ansel Head. By the time he was nine, her forbearance was exhausted; he would have to move on to another school. Four years was all she could endure any one boy. … Continue reading

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