My life’s unedited,
A symphony uncomposed;
Word without pages,
Chords missing notes.
Weak character development,
Rambling unresolved plots;
Predictable stagnant clichés,
Riddled with flaws.
Shrill mute cries;
A caterwauling harmony,
A rough draft
Nobody must read,
An original masterpiece
Written by me.
——-John Northcutt Young
Life is mostly about dying anyway. We never grow accustom to the permanent shadow, no matter how often it falls.
Sometimes it seems like all life is is sayings, one worn-out cliché after another.
Momma always said, ‘God takes care of fools and drunks.’ Guess we all have our soft spots.
“We’re all going to die of something someday anyway.”
Got to pretend to be nice. Dang this Southern blood! For once why can’t I be cold-blooded like Yankees or reptiles?
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Life is like that old seasick joke. First, you pray cause you’re afraid you’re going to die. Then, you pray cause you’re afraid you’re not.
Appearances won’t get you into Heaven.
I don’t care if the streets of Heaven are gold or not as long as they’re clean and I don’t have to sweep them.
Most preachers tend to forget they’re dust like the rest of us.
Some folks shouldn’t ever leave home.
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“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Jonathan Swift
Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it. But after choking on Communion, she begins to doubt. Will her faith crumble because of a family secret?
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Society has buried those branded outcast in unmarked graves, at cross-roads, and outside the cemetery fence. Crossbones Graveyard is a famous, or infamous, example.
IN MEMORY OF is my version of this cruel custom. It’s the story of an unmarked grave outside the cemetery fence closer to Mobile than Montgomery, wedged between woods and water, in a place nobody goes. According to folklore, Thomas John Sutton, 14, is buried under.
Thomas loves Esther, but she isn’t accepted in Canaan because of her bastard birth. After discovering the secret of his birth, Thomas fears he’ll be treated the same. It’s another example of two teenagers struggling against an unforgiving society in 1933 Alabama.
Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it.
She explains, “A Second Blessing is more than just doing right. It’s the knowledge that you are pure. It’s not thinking of yourself better than others, though you are, or showing it, though you do, since it’s as natural as breathing. A Second Blessing is a gift shared with prophets of old and yet to come. It’s not just having my name written in the Book of Life, but engraved.”
Mildred knows this year’s revival will be a disaster. Francis Paul Day, an ex-junkie, is the speaker. Plus he has the same christened name as her dead beloved son! And he’s obsessed with her granddaughter! She is determined to keep them apart, but exposing him reveals a family secret.
Jonathan Swift said, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Second Blessing ponders this truth.
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A FINE YOUNG MAN
The good always die young.
Ten-year-old Roy Brown hears this after his sixteen-year-old brother Billy, the Eagle’s star basketball player, is killed in a wreck before the annual rival game against the Tigers.
Alone in the kitchen before dawn the morning of Billy’s funeral, Roy remembers that day.