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Sean of the South: Lake Martin

Childhood is nothing but a continual buzz. A non-stop adventure novel.

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Sean of the South: Olden Times

“The world sure had changed, hasn’t it, Mama?” said her daughter. The old woman patted her daughter’s hand. “The world, yes. But people are still just as beautiful as they’ve ever been, sweetheart.”

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Sean of the South: Long live Sunday dinner

Please, Lord, don’t let us lose Sundays.

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Sean of the South: Working nine to five

I don’t know much of anything. But I will tell you this: Find a way to help other people. For I am convinced, wholeheartedly, this is the only path to happiness. And if that doesn’t work, you can always try ice cream.

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Sean of the South: A walk in the dog park

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dogs.

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Sean of the South: Houseguests

My nieces have enough energy to power an average suburban electrical grid. They arrived in our driveway last night after spending upwards of six hours in the car. By the time they got here, they were not unlike compressed atomic matter contained in a jar, just waiting to explode.

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Sean of the South: About today

Someone once told me that tomorrow is a day with no mistakes in it.

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Sean of the South: The sandwich

Tomatoes from Geneva County, Alabama, are different from common varieties. They are superior tomatoes.

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Sean of the South: Grandma

No sooner had the old couple adopted the baby than Grandma began taking classes at a local community college to learn sign language. She brought the infant carrier into class with her. She fed her daughter during school hours.

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Sean of the South: Birmingham gal

You don’t forget kindness, no matter how small. You don’t forget your friends, no matter how close you were.

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Sean of the South: Pound cake day

You might not know this, but a few days ago was a national holiday. A day when our nation traditionally puts aside our differences. That’s right. It was National Pound Cake Day.

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Sean of the South: Unseen things

You’re human. Sometimes you feel like you’re losing. Sometimes you feel overlooked and alone. Sometimes you talk to the sky and hope it will answer you. Sometimes you wonder if you’re going to make it. But it's going to be alright.

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Sean of the South: Wise ole words

I asked a handful of friends for words of wisdom from elders in their lives. The rules were simple, the wisdom giver had to (a) be over 75, and (b) they had to be—technically—still alive.

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Sean of the South: Lake Martin

Lake Martin is flat. Mirror flat. It is a perfect evening. The sun is low. The crickets are singing in full stereo. And I’m visiting with old ghosts.

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Sean of the South: Boiled

There truly is nothing better than a bulled pee-nut.

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Sean of the South: How to save America

No, I don’t know how to save this country. I don’t know much about anything. But I know family dinners ain’t a bad place to start.

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Sean of the South: The singer of Daphne, Alabama

“Welcome to Moe’s!” the man sang to us. He was pushing a mop, wiping down tables at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Daphne, Alabama.

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Sean of the South: Ah, Mobile

Mobile was pretty. The sunset was peach. The Dolly Parton Bridge at sundown will move you.

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Sean of the South: Morning in Tuscaloosa

I’m glad Alabama has a new, accomplished, head coach. I’m glad he’s here. I’m glad he has lots of enthusiasm. But I miss the old guys.

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Sean of the South: Goodbye Nick

Goodbye, Nick Saban. You just announced your retirement. I don’t mind telling you that I cried into my Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Sean of the South: A few resolutions

I’m making changes this year. Little changes. The big changes never last. It’s little ones that stick.

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Sean of the South: Dear Sean

“You don’t get married, because it’s the smart thing. You get married because a man is incomplete until he’s married.”

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Sean of the South: The nativity

The manger was made of cardboard. It was stuffed with fresh hay. Genuine hay from the hardware store. The Christchild was a naked Cabbage Patch doll from Brianna Smith’s personal collection. Orange yarn for hair. Jesus was a redhead.

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Sean of the South: Christmas cheer

I was 15 years old. I walked into the rural library. My father was freshly dead. I was a middle-school dropout. We were poor. It was Christmastime.

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Sean of the South: One day in the North Pole

Santa Claus? Thank God he lives. And he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Sean of the South: A hard Christmas

The old man wiped damp eyes and said words I’ll never forget: “Who needs a bike when you have love?”

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Sean of the South: Little pieces

Our lives have been one giant puzzle. And maybe that’s how everyone’s life is. The pieces don’t make sense when they aren’t together, but you don’t give up looking. Not ever.

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