I am the WICKER MAN/ CL and CHA
Got a new context, new insight into my predicament with prevaricating lyberrians and board chairs, the Council of Shadows and Various Women in the region who have spun my reputation and character right out of town and the Library.
Tragically hilarious I guess was my take on the Nicholas Cage movie Wicker man I saw most of last night. Was about to bore me to tears, but there was just enough to keep me from walking out, especially when Nurse Ratchet, Louise Fletcher, came on the screen. Been a while since I had seen her, and was wondering what happenned to her. Even more curious cause it registered about a year ago she allegedy is from nearby, Guntersville or florence or somewhere.
So I hung around this campy movie cause it was strange enough to be interesting. Then low and behold it grabs me, the last ten minutes. IT IS AN ALLEGORY TO MY STORY OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS HERE IN COLLINSVILLE, EVERYTHING FROM THE PREACHER'S WIFE TO THE BULLIES AND WHAT PASSES FOR MATRIARCHAL SAINTS WHO WILL STAB YOU IN THE BACK ALL THE TIME PUTTIN YOUR NAME ON THE PRAYER LIST.
That is when you know they are serious, when they vote you off the property and then go for the most public humiliation, put you in the newsletter prayerlist.
Talk about getting burned, see the Movie for the pun.
Don't walk out on this one. I predict word is gonna get around in Collinsville and it is gonna hop off the shelves at the Video Hut when it comes out on DVD. But don't wait.
However, if you must choose on the big screen in the next couple weeks, I would go in this order.
All the King's Men
And there was another very much worth seeing but didn't get any closer than Trussville. See the comments. Will let you know what it was soon as I think of it.
Was gonna put this in the FaSoLa blog I had started, but it got sabotaged. Somehow somebody wrote Spanish in it; so I have taken down that post and the great response I got from BigDaddyWeave of his on blog.
Was a catchall blog with reference to President Carter's Sunday School class and its relevance for the direction of Collinsville Baptist Church.
May pick up on that later.
Did meet Dan Thoma of Portland Oregon, a UCC minister's son couple weeks ago at the singing about three miles from my house. Do look this fall on national PBS for a documentary www.awakemysoul.com . The documentarians were on site at the Piney Grove singing. Their effort will be part of the lineup of several film festivals this fall, including the Sidewalk Film Festival in Bham and likely the www.riff.tv festival this weekend in Rome Georgia.
But here, from a letter I received May 16, casey mattox's birthday; the quarterly report from the local lyberry.
First there was a major mistake. John and Susan Weaver Morgan were married April 1, not April 2 as the report lists. Maybe Jeff Bailey can clear up for us if in fact Ms. Payne and Ms Wilkins went to Boston for the Rural Library Sustainability workshop sponsored by the Gates, or were they just invited and decided not to go. The report is unclear.
I think the public would also like to know the dollar amount of money that came in from the Weaver Morgan wedding. A reference was made in a board meeting I attended back in the Spring, but I never heard a dollar amount.
I did hear one version just today of how the building came to be in the libraries hands from some conversations between Oliver Harris Hall, II and John MOrgan II; maybe more on that later.
But what I found most fascinating in this four page report was the copy of the remarks Martha Barksdale made in front of Congressman Aderholt April 9, when the Library was presented a commendation.
Here is the interesting first paragraph, especially interesting in light of official upcoming street name changes to be made in Collinsville, I would imagine long about Quiltwalk weeekend or Turkey Trot day, when Aderholt graced our presence last year.
Enough of me, next words are Martha's from April 9:
" 106 years ago much of Collinsville Burned. Only 3 Main Street buildings were left standing after that day of uncontrollable devastation--and these 3 buildings still remain as Main Street Landmarks in 2006. Mabel Brindley in "A History of Collinsville" names the G.W. Roberts building, C.C.JORDAN STORE AND H.R.JORDAN AND SON (all caps mine) as surviving the fire.. According to the Collinsville Clipper, dated Feb 7, 1900, five days after the fire, "The following were among the principal sufferers of the fire...GW Rbts, , stock and bldg, loss $4500, insurance $2500." The FPayne TJ included in its list of damaged buldgs, "GW RBTS brick bldg occupied by GW RBTS, general merchandise and the post office." GW. Roberts sold groceries, hardware, and farm supplies....June 28, 1946....Mr. Charles C Hall purchased the building....Collinsville purchased the GW Roberts building and an adjoining lot from the Hall family in 2003...End of Martha's remarks at the Presbyterian church April 9 2006 in the presence of Congressman Aderholt.