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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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“Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”

As is the Southern tradition, Ansel Head’s religious education started early. He faintly remembers attending the Mountain Brook Methodist Church in the heart of Crestline Village in the center of the Tiny Kingdom. That building, now sporting a reddish-purple paint, is used … 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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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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Three Friends Avoid Exceptionalism

The three friends – Ansel Head, Henry, and Wilbur, all princes from the Tiny Kingdom – started together at the Birmingham University School in the fifth grade, lived as whites in a segregated society, and like most young males regardless … Continue reading

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Miss Myra’s

In the later years when he would return to Birmingham, Ansel Head and his father used to eat barbeque at Miss Myra’s. It was unknown to him in his youth, but it was close to his father’s house and convenient.   … Continue reading

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