(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville” : Honoring Edward O’Connor on Veteran’s Day

According to A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia by Sarah Gordon, Craig Amason, and Marcelina Martin (a favorite little volume of mine), Edward Francis O’Connor met Regina Cline at his sister’s wedding to Herbert Cline. The O’Connor clan enjoyed the entrepreneurial spirit. Ed worked in the family venture and matriculated at Mount St. Mary’sContinue reading “(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville” : Honoring Edward O’Connor on Veteran’s Day”

(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Reading Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s Andalusian Hours, Poems from the Porch

  The screen door screeches, a brass section tuning, the rockers form in an oblique brass section awaiting an audience for the symphony of Flannery’s world played to Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s lyrics and music.   I can think of no other case where a poet reflects the soul of another as you’ll find in this collectionContinue reading “(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Reading Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s Andalusian Hours, Poems from the Porch”

(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021

Up the gravel road and to the right, a white house mushrooms on high ground. The main building is unmistakable to anyone who has seen the Kodak of Flannery navigating on aluminum “sticks” down the brick stairs to admire that single peacock. Marked by a sign leaning against an oak tree, the house looks deceptivelyContinue reading “(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021″

(FOC) A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021

Among the invitations extended to Cathy and me when we visited Milledgeville was an opportunity to attend the groundbreaking for the Andalusia Interpretative Center. The Center would be planted on the farm where Flannery O’Connor lived, wrote, and raised fowl from 1951 until “the red wolf” of Lupus took her in 1964. We were pleased toContinue reading “(FOC) A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021”

(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021

The second floor of the Ina Dillard Russell Library is a lively place. Classgoers speak aloud to a zooming diaspora. Study groups hawk their ideas in voices that drift up and out over the academic bazaar. Enthusiasm bests collegiality here. The lone scholar is a peculiar sight. She may cover herself with a whiteboard ofContinue reading “(FOC) A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021″