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The Sparing

The date was March 19, 1963. Two tornadoes struck minutes apart in Clinton County on this date. It was an unseasonably warm afternoon and it looked like it might rain. A dark cloud loomed on the horizon. Sure enough, along about two o'clock, a strong wind arose, accompanied by much hail and a torrential rainfall. Three-fourths of an inch of rain fell within five minutes.

One tornado struck in the Static, Beaty Creek and Duvall Valley communities. The Maupin United Methodist Church building was knocked six feet off its foundation. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beard was damaged. She was knocked unconscious but was not badly injured. At almost the same time, a second tornado struck West Albany, ripping the front off Ted Mills' Service Station on the Burkesville Road. Across the street, it brought down the screen at Albany Drive-In Theater. Luther Harlan's Filling Station, Phillips Auto Sales and Wisdom Filling Station were also damaged, as was Ferguson Feed Mill near Alba…

No Possum in the White House

We have met the enemy and he is us!

The Value of Doing Nothing

"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
A.A. Milne

National Anthem Day

While the anthems of most countries are either martial victory songs, or tend to communicate other laudatory or self-congratulatory sentiments, “The Star Spangled Banner” is unique in its message of endurance and perseverance. It commemorates the ability to withstand attack; enduring and continuing even when the odds are not in our favor.

On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a law making “The Star Spangled Banner,” the National Anthem of the United States of America. And today, we celebrate March 3rd as “National Anthem Day” each year.



Don Williams: The Gentle Giant

My favorite country music singer, Don Williams, whose amazing voice powered such great country hits as "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good" and "Till The Rivers All Run Dry," has announced his retirement, according to a news release from his publicist. In early February, the Gentle Giant, who is age 76, was forced to postpone his 2016 tour following unexpected hip replacement surgery.

After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, Don Williams began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country & western hits. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: "Gentle Giant."

Don Williams was one of my dad's favorite singers, and mine too. At age 13, I would occasionally perform with dad at country clubs and private parties. We played cover tunes and Don Williams was always on the list. The song I remember playing most was 'We Should…