Hardy Jackson

Three dogs have we
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson  Some time back two distinguished members of our local religious community offered their opinions on whether or not dogs have souls. Well, if my vote counts for anything, I cast mine with the one who concluded that yes, they do. More to the point, I agree with Mark Twain who observed that “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out…
Commemorating John Pelham
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson III While not wanting to go overboard on this “Confederate History” thing, I do have one more comment to make. And it’s really not about the Confederacy at all. In years past, the city of Jacksonville has commemorated the life of one of Calhoun County’s own, John Pelham, who was born in Alexandria in 1838 and died in Virginia on March 17, 1863. Paying homage…
Confederate Heritage Month: A letter home
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson In Alabama, April is Confederate History Month. Now let me say up front that I have a problem with giving a whole month to any particular group. Not that I am opposed to recognizing the historical significance of what a particular group has done, but rather that it seems to suggest that the group can be justifiably ignored for the rest of the year. But…
Easter, Resurrection and Reconciliation
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson This is a story about a little Alabama town where, for years, people didn’t seem to care if you were Methodist or Baptist or Catholic or something else. No one was going to put you down for being what you were. Sure, folks had their differences. And sure some of those differences struck other folks as odd. But no one can recall anyone suggesting that…
Trying to reason with ‘Snowbird’ season
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Down on the coast, locals are getting ready for the Spring Break invasion. Which means Snowbird season is almost over. “Snowbirds” – a name that was once spoken in derision that has now become a term of endearment – at least among coastal Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Development Councils. Snowbirds are the consequence of a carefully crafted promotional campaign aimed at middle-class retirees from…