May 21, End of the World
I was at Bill Glenn's Mtn Top Grill in a room full of celebrities, including Miss Alabama Basketball 94 or so, and a fellow who was one of Famed NCAA Football Coach Bobby Bowden's early students. I was sitting at a table with an up and coming screenwriter, a friend who escorted six years in a row for his Homeooming--he had a lot of pretty cousins--and of course myself, the once promising young man of the 80's; the decade in which I became no longer.
Little intrigue there as I was coming in....the short story writer Edna something on Dianne Rehm characterized it well about the 45 minute this morning.
Of course the world is gonna end for all of us sooner or later, on this earth. Fellow from no less than Notre Dame was talking about it Saturday on NPR.
Our new friend Sara was txting in kinda ready it seemed but not sure. Bo was just across the way if we needed him; and we past him on the billboard to get to the food--ribs, best potato soup in North Alabama, and a salad bar that got kudos from a former North Alabama Girl Scout Woman of the year. I saw her at the bar with my own eyes; a Witness.
One Revenant and I thought it was gonna be a rolling lift off with folks in New Zealand elevating and then around the world where folks in Rome Georgia woulda started up an hour earlier than us here in Alabama. The restaurant was on top of a mtn and we look over toward Georgia but didn't see any evidence of Folks in the Air.
On Friday I had read a great story by my friend Ron Rash in the May 23 New Yorker. Very Proud of him. Same day got good note from Tommy Jones of Gaffney; we have the same Birthday, and in 1967 spent two weeks in Camp Ney A Ti down from Scottsboro, little up from where Raymond Weaver now resides. Mike Francis and Cleve Hamrick went with us by Jeff Pettit was left Behind.
Mike Worked on Star Wars out in Houston before long career with Civil Service in Upper Virginia. I think Cleve is still around Gaffney; Far as I know all still in this world.
Jerry Vines said Jesus is coming again in a literal body descending in a literal sky, literal all the way.
Who's to day Vines is wrong.
In the meantime I lean toward Fleming Rutledge understanding of it, and what Notre Dame's Mark Noll said about the fundamentalist juggernaut that ABraham Lincoln, Whitman and Emily Dickinson stood against during the Civil War.
P.S. On Saturday night in the grace time Jesus had given us remaining on the earth caught the DVD Feature of Screenwriter C. Gaby Mitchell of Alabama Roots on Get Low. I commend it to you, and Dianne Rehm's hour with Edna Obrien today on NPR.