Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here in Mayberry…

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As we head into spring and summer we all know it’s the start of wedding season.  I was recently asked to do a reading at a family wedding we have coming up in June.  I agreed to do the reading with one stipulation…I get to pick what I read. The bride, groom and the pastor […]

The Mayberry That Might Have Been

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The Andy Griffith Show is a classic example of the right cast coming together to form an unbeatable combination. Indeed, it is nearly impossible to think of any other actors playing the various citizens of Mayberry. Still, on several occasions, The Andy Griffith Show came close to having different actors in key roles. In fact, […]

Aunt Bee: Sex Symbol and Diva?

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A young Frances Bavier publicity photo as a fledging  Broadway stage actress. Aunt Bee was a looker!  No, I am serious.  Briscoe Darling, the various traveling salesmen, and all her other suitors on the Andy Griffith Show had it right.  She was some catch…but no one ever did! Frances Elizabeth Bavier was born in New […]

And the Andy Goes to…

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I thought it was long overdue to hand out awards centered on the Andy Griffith Show.  But, instead of the Oscar, we’ll be giving out the Andy!  The statue for the Andy represents a lawman that doesn’t have a gun…fitting image for this prestigious honor. So picture this…The whole town of Mayberry is gathered in […]

Into The Mayberry Courthouse

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Sing to “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty Andy waited until Barney was through They picked Helen up, and Thelma Lou They went to Goober’s for a pop and some fuel, The Courthouse was wide open Went to the diner, which they both could afford, Barney was happy, but Andy looked bored He […]

Love Lessons from Ernest T. Bass

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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you are a man, and single, perhaps you are looking for a special lady with whom you can celebrate this big day. Sadly, not all of us can be a lady-killer like Barney Fife. Indeed, most of us can only dream of being a suave playboy like ol’ […]

Go Home…Take a Little Nap…Then go Over to Thelma Lou’s to Watch TV!

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Whenever my best friend Chris and I have conversations on the telephone, it often leads to discussing all of the stresses and challenges we are facing.  Jobs, kids, ex-wives, finances, and car problems are often part of the wide-range of issues that frequently dominate our chat time.     However, it isn’t long before one of us […]

Mayberry Had the Original Kardashians

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I sometimes wonder which Andy Griffith Show character(s) would have made the best reality show?   Now mind you, I am not a fan of reality TV…quite the opposite.  I think the networks got lazy and hit on a formula that brings them huge numbers of viewers and revenue with very little investment of time, money […]

Baer of a Mayor

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One of the many reasons I enjoy watching The Andy Griffith Show is because of the various actors who appeared on it as guest stars or in supporting roles. There were many notable performers that appeared as citizens and visitors to Mayberry. Some of these men and women had careers that went back to the […]

The Colorful Friends of Mayberry

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When I was a kid, I didn’t much care for the color episodes that made up the last three seasons of The Andy Griffith Show. These shows just never seemed as good to me to me as the earlier black and white episodes. As I got into my teens, I realized that what really bothered […]