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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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2012 In Pictures

Ansel Head had heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Hoping to spare his friends and family the embarrassment of pretending to read the thousands of words he would need to tell of his education in 2012, he … 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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Pepper Place Market

The people who grow things for eating are a fascinating lot, not in an Ivy League intellectual sense but in a down to earth common sense. Ever since Ansel Head’s introduction to these folks while working as a fruit tester … 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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Ollie’s World’s Best Bar-B-Que, Birmingham, AL

  Ollie’s was the Hill family favorite. Ollie McClung started the small place in the 1920’s on the Southside of Birmingham not far from where the Hill brothers would build their grocery warehouse. When Ansel Head’s father joined the family, … Continue reading

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USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

There is a picture that hung in Ansel Head’s grandfather’s camp house in Eutaw of a group of happy deer hunters standing in front of their bountiful kill. The inscription on the photo said “Bull Pen Hunting Club, Nov. 1938.” … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Union

Ansel Head’s maternal grandfather and his brother moved to Birmingham from Nashville around 1912 and started Hill Grocery Company. By the end of the 1920’s, they had grown to 235 “cash and carry” stores. Times were tough during the depression … Continue reading

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A Dove Shoot

The dove shoot offered practical learning to boomer Ansel Head and respite from the tedious theory presented at the Birmingham University School. Doves feed in recently harvested grain fields in the early afternoon. Before the action starts, hunters spread out … Continue reading

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