Rise to the moment of truth Friday, December 9, 2022

Posts by Sean Dietrich

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Sean of the South: The one

‘Twas a Christmas tree lot in Alabama. It was the kind of operation that does business in the parking area of a major shopping complex.

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Sean of the South: Dear Sean

"The whole WORLD can’t be wrong about Santa, can they?"

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Sean of the South: Magic City

I thought to myself about how lucky I am to live in a place called Magic City. Because it really is.

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Sean of the South: Pretty

Becca is 10 years old. She waits for me patiently outside the restaurant because—big surprise—I am late for our meeting. I will be late for my own cremation.

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Sean of the South: Ode to Bama

It’s only college football. It’s not real life. It’s just college-age kids on a field, wearing shoulder pads, trying seriously to give each other concussions. It’s just a game.

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Sean of the South: For the love of cornbread

I don’t engage in controversy. But sometimes I have to. And this is one of those have-to moments.

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Sean of the South: The L word

Earlier this morning, I was on a radio show. The host drilled me with loaded questions. It was a disaster. I was supposed to be plugging my new book, instead the host was asking slanted questions about hot-button, divisive topics.

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Sean of the South: Mobile, Alabama

This week, my wife and I visited the Callahan School for the Deaf & Blind with our dog. We were running late. Our vehicle squealed into the parking lot on two wheels.

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Sean of the South: Alabama

God bless the people of this fine state. God bless the memory of Hank Senior. And God bless Alabama.

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Sean of the South: The helpers

The hotel parking lot. Early afternoon. He was packing his truck. Slamming toolbox lids. Reorganizing luggage in the rear cab. Iowa plates.

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Sean of the South: Autumn in Birmingham

The first day of fall arrived in Birmingham. It came frighteningly quick. Yesterday it was summer, hotter than the hinges of hades. This morning it was cold as gumballs.

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Sean of the South: Jefferson, Alabama

Jefferson, Alabama, is the epitome of small. The population here isn’t big enough to form a decent baseball team.

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Sean of the South: Cheaha

Today, I am no longer the little boy whose father died by suicide. I am a man now. A man whose life ambition is to help others who have fallen.

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Sean of the South: The widower

The first thing you should know about Joseph is that he isn’t an optimist. In fact, he has no faith in this world. And he has even less faith in people.

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Sean of the South: Old dudes

Somewhere in Alabama. It’s an old cafe. The coffee cups are bottomless. The waitress wears jeans. On the walls are mounted bass and a few buck heads.

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Sean of the South: My generation

They called us the TV generation. Because that was pretty much all we had. No smartphones. No computers. No internets.

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Sean of the South: Alabama white trash

Some fool once called her “white trash.” And that’s when she made up her mind. She wanted to better herself, and her family. So, that’s what she did.

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Sean of the South: South Carolina

I stop at a little seafood joint. The place is surrounded by marshland grass, a wide-open sky, scattered live oaks, and roughly 8 million Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The place looks like a tourist trap on crack. But it’s getting late, so I go inside and order a beer.

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Sean of the South: The Goodbye

Jack was laid to rest today at 12 p.m. sharp. It was a small service in the Peterson’s backyard. There were folding chairs. Jack’s pinewood box was decorated with white flowers and his favorite chew toys.

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Sean of the South: Lake Martin

Lake Martin is one of the top five cleanest and clearest lakes in the United States. It is like looking into glass. It is a lake so clear you can see all the Natural Light cans on the bottom. I stared across the lake and I was thinking about my old man.

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Sean of the South: The Sandwich

In fact, top archaeology scholars at Columbia University now believe that the original Garden of Eden was located just north of Highway 52 in Geneva County. And most experts agree that the forbidden fruit consumed by Adam and Eve was originally purchased from the Hendrix Farm Produce tomato stand.

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Sean of the South: Westminster's best in show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was on television yesterday when my cousin texted urgently: “Check out that bloodhound!”