The Hebrew word used here for "men" is "Ghever," and it is commonly associated with warfare. Exodus does not specify how or if the men were armed unless perhaps Exodus Yet it does not seem to occur to the fleeing Israelites to fight back against the pursuing Egyptians.
I grew up fiercely proud of my hometown and my father and the beautiful music they made. I grew up ashamed of politicians like Wallace and some of the later governors who were actually worse, but at least no one outside of Alabama had to know much about them.
I grew up loving music and politics. My beloved punk rock showed me a way to blend both things and rebel against the more oppressive forces of my hometown's religious conservative mores.
I got to the door just as it was slamming shut, and my punk rock leanings did nothing to endear me to my father's peers and associates, most of whom thought I was a spoiled, ungrateful, disrespectful prick. I plead about 50 percent guilty on that, but I'll save that for a later essay.
I left my hometown at 27, inafter spending six years fronting a very unsuccessful band that was locally more infamous than famous.
We had been "banned for life" from the two local music festivals the Muscle Shoals area hosts every year: I lived in Memphis for about 15 minutes and spent a couple of years in Auburn before settling in Athens a week after my 30th birthday.
I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Suddenly, I was living in a town with a thriving music scene that put its emphasis on being original and a little outside the mainstream. I thrived and began Drive-By Truckers and have had an amazing adventure and a wonderful life. Meanwhile, since I've been gone, my hometown has had an amazing transformation.
It happened very slowly, and I'm sure that some of the roots were sown before I left, but it's only been in the last five years that you can really see, hear and feel the place beginning to blossom. I visit home, and there are bands playing all over. Some of them are really fucking great.
A handful of them are making music that is being loved the world over. Riverkeeper has started working to clean up the Tennessee River with some success. There seems to be a renewed pride and local swagger.
Two years ago, DBT was even invited to play the Handy Festival they said it would never happenand we sold out the big auditorium where my partner Mike Cooley and I had once opened for the likes of Night Ranger and the Producers the band, not the play.
When I got into town for that festival, I saw a band play in a record store to about 25 people. That band was Alabama Shakes, from the small town of Athens, Ala.
Billy has opened his anchor store right on Court Street in downtown Florence, leading what is becoming a massive revitalization of our beautiful main street and local economy. Billy has recently designed clothes for people of local prominence to wear at the Oscars and the Grammys.
Speaking of acclaimed films, a new documentary film about Muscle Shoals and its incredible musical history has just been released. We do have a sushi restaurant downtown I never thought I'd live to see thatbut most of our best foods are barbecued.
Not true, however, in many towns across the southland. The paradigm is shifting in the South. There is plenty to dislike or feel bothered by, but there is also more to be excited about down here than ever before. Several of the midsized cities considered among the best places to live in the country are Southern.
Nashville has truly become the world-class Music City it always said it was. Great restaurants, a major sports franchise and fairly progressive for the region city government have made Nashville a great travel destination and an especially livable metropolis. The New York Times and many others have been saying this for a couple of years now, and my recent times there totally back it all up.
As Southerners, we still have plenty of work to do and lots more to accomplish, but I can't help but feel positive about the general direction things seem to be taking down here.Christians recently celebrated Easter, a Sunday where many churches are robust and full.
But, if current trends continue, mainline Protestantism has about 23 Easters left. Jan 23, · Which brings me to Billy Joel—the Andrew Wyeth of contemporary pop music—and the continuing irritation I feel whenever I hear his tunes, whether in the original or in the multitude of elevator.
Gary Foley's personal Koori History page, with monthly special features on aspects of the Aboriginal struggle, photos, essays, and action.
Lent 5C March 13, With thanks to page sponsor Marilyn Levine, Memorial Congregational Church (UCC) of Parshall, ND. Image: Wood Carving, Poland, Magdalene and Jesus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Woodrow Charles Thomas Hermann was born on May 16, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was named after President Woodrow Wilson. His Polish mother, Myrtle Bartoszewicz, was born in Germany on September 5 th , and came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin the same year.
Woodrow’s father, Otto Hermann, always known as “Otsie” was born in . I like the faith message that I get out of the "literary device" viewpoint.
My only minor quibble is that the order of Genesis 1 is close enough to the natural scientific order.