What used to be where in Cal­houn

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ED­I­TOR’S NOTE: This col­umn ap­peared in the Septem­ber 2, 2017 is­sue of the Cal­houn Times. We are re­run­ning it to­day as part of a “Best of Coach Smith” se­ries that will ap­pear each week in the Cal­houn Times while Coach Smith con­tin­ues his treat­ment for cancer. Ques­tions and An­swers: Serv­ing as an in­tro­duc­tion to the var­ied top­ics to be dis­cussed to­day will be the an­swer to a cou­ple of ques­tions with which this writer is con­fronted of­ten. The ques­tions are 1) How long does it take me to write a col­umn, 2) Af­ter writ­ing a col­umn for 48 years, how do I find some­thing about which to write, 3) And then there are sug­ges­tions that I work eight- hour days at the Cal­houn Times of­fice.

In an­swer to the first ques­tion about how long, let me once again say that when I sit to write and get the first sen­tence on pa­per, I will fin­ish in about one hour or a lit­tle over. The point has long been made here that when it takes me much more than an hour, I don’t have time to write a col­umn.

As for top­ics about which to write, let me em­pha­size the prob­lem is, what top­ics or themes to be omit­ted. For in­stance, I am look­ing at a list of six things about which I would like to com­ment to­day. It would prob­a­bly be ex­pe­di­ent to write a sen­tence or so about each of them. In­stead I will be­gin to “wax elo­quent” about one or so and use up space al­lot­ted.

I do not work at the Cal­houn Times. I do go by oc­ca­sion­ally and visit the sev­eral staff mem­bers work­ing there. For me, it makes for a pleas­ant visit. Also, those who make such de­ci­sions have de­clared in sev­eral dis­claimers that the views ex­pressed in my col­umns are mine and not nec­es­sar­ily those of the ed­i­tors or oth­ers as­so­ci­ated with the pa­per. Surely, by now read­ers know that this old writer will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for all po­si­tions ad­vo­cated and de­fend those po­si­tion to the hilt. Now for some top­ics at hand: ” What used to be where in Cal­houn:”

For what on the sur­face seems like an odd ex­pres­sion, the ti­tle but some­one would as­sign dis­torted mean­ings which have never crossed my mind.

This dis­cus­sion in sum­mary form says Cal­houn, like most other small towns, has changed dra­mat­i­cally over the years. Maybe older and long­time res­i­dents should apol­o­gize be­fore we take off on a dis­cus­sion of “What used to be where in Cal­houn.” There is a whole gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up who will see the present Cal­houn and Gor­don County dis­ap­pear (change) be­fore their eyes. How much cof­fee do you drink? There are no more var­ied po­si­tions ad­vo­cated than the one on the is­sue of drink­ing cof­fee. Some stud­ies say avoid cof­fee while just yes­ter­day I saw a seg­ment on tele­vi­sion news telling how good cof­fee was for peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the area of pre­vent­ing some com­mon and killing dis­eases. As for me, I don’t like cof­fee. I do drink a cup of so each morn­ing for di­ges­tive pur­poses. My friend, the late Coach Ron Purdy, con­sumed his cof­fee reg­u­larly dur­ing the day and into the evening.

In­ci­den­tally, in all the ad­vice about the amount to drink or not drink, no one ever men­tions the strength of the cof­fee con­sumed. I mar­vel at a grand­son who when mak­ing his cof­fee in a Mr. Cof­fee fills the fil­ter com­pletely up. I use one scoop whether I have a cup or so of water in the reser­voir or com­pletely full. Now, there has to be a dif­fer­ence. Top­ics I could write about to­day: A dis­cus­sion of “Tal­ent is never enough.”

Did medicine kill Elvis? You have read where I have stated on my tomb­stone will be the words “He said his medicine was killing him.”

The is­sue of ca­reers ( ath­letic and oth­er­wise) com­ing to an end and at­tributed rea­sons.

A brief dis­cus­sion of Wil­liam Cullen Bryant’s great poem Thanatop­sis. ( This was one of Miss Geraldine Legg’s fa­vorite in her Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture class at Cal­houn High. His poem dis­cussed death but points in it ap­ply to many as­pects of life.

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