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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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Emory University Hospital.

Ansel Head and his sister took their mother to Emory University Hospital for some heart work; it was necessary because the heart surgeon in Birmingham who did these things had died of a heart attack a few weeks prior.  The hospital … Continue reading

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New Photo Galleries.

Ansel Head posted two new photo galleries in the “Head’s Photo Gallery” page – one from the Farmers’ Market and the other from the Botanical Gardens, both in Birmingham.

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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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The Friend’s Threesome Breaks Up

Being the middle child, Ansel Head was used to being in the middle. Since he knew no other arrangement, he tried to make the most of it. That was the situation in which he found himself with his two friends … 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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Tchaikovsky: Concerto #1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, Van Cliburn

Ansel Head’s mother never minced her words about communists, the Soviet Union, and their bellicose threats against her country. It may explain why she admired Van Cliburn and always kept his recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the record … Continue reading

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