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Posts by Sean Dietrich

Depression Christmas Alabama News
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?”

Puzzle Alabama News
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.

Pecan Pie Alabama News
Sean of the South: Pecans

It wasn’t like he had done anything monumental, but the gesture meant so much. I suppose simply being noticed was the nicest thing anyone could have ever done for me.

Veterans Day Alabama News
Sean of the South: This Veterans Day

The parking lot was slammed. Families of all kinds gathered in the auditorium for this upcoming Veterans Day, to watch their fifth-graders put on a concert.

Rome Alabama News
Sean of the South: An American in Rome

“Iced tea,” she says with a smile. “For my American writer.” They’re doing okay here in Rome.

Middle Aged Couple Alabama News
Sean of the South: Jamie, my Jamie

It was simply that she was the only woman he ever loved. And after a few decades of marriage, she still is.

Coke Alabama News
Sean of the South: Co-Cola and nuts

The students poured peanuts into their bottles. Messes were made. Bottles erupted on desks like Mount Saint Soft Drink. Everyone started to giggle.

Dock Alabama News
Sean of the South: Family reunion

The Alabama game was on. The Crimson Tide was beating Texas, and my heart sang. We were at a family reunion.

Tux Alabama News
Sean of the South: A long way to Mobile

So he’s sitting on the hood of his ‘73 Piece Of Junkola when an old guy at the next pump notices there’s something odd about this kid. Namely, the kid is wearing a tux.

Andy Griffith Alabama News
Sean of the South: Andy

I get Andy. And though I never knew him, he seems to understand me. And when I see that familiar jailhouse, or hear Barney Fife’s tenor voice, I am no longer that lonely child who once sat before a television and wondered if anyone would ever love him.

Angels Alabama News
Sean of the South: Angels in the outfield

Did you know that nearly eight out of every 10 Americans believe in angels? For the math challenged, that’s a whole dang lot of people. When it comes to global figures, seven out of 10 humans believe in angels.

Kid on Phone Alabama News
Sean of the South: Hold the phone

He is playing on his phone when he asks, “What was it like before smartphones?”

Okay Alabama News
Sean of the South: Okay

Hundreds of years ago, when Choctaw Indians still lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, they had a word in their language. It was a short word: Okeh.

Prayer 4 Alabama News
Sean of the South: One by one

And I want you to know that long ago, a woman once told me that if I counted my blessings, I would get meatloaf. I’m glad she made me do that.

Birmingham Alabama News
Sean of the South: Birmingham

The locals call this the greatest city in the world. Which is sort of stupid, if you ask me. Birmingham is a pretty small city, compared to your mega-cities. The greatest? Come on.

Milo's Sweet Tea Alabama News
Sean of the South: Milo’s

The beauty of Milo’s tea is that it’s not too sweet. It is the right balance of sugar and tea. In 12 fluid ounces of Milo’s tea you’re looking at a mere 26 grams of sugar. Which is nothing.

Chat GPT Alabama News
Sean of the South: AI

There is a lot of talk in the writing community about how artificial intelligence chatbots are going to replace authors someday.

Country Church Alabama News
Sean of the South: Fifth Sunday

For the unbaptized, Fifth Sunday Sings were started in the pioneer days. Back then, rural Americans couldn’t make it to church every Sunday.

Shy Boy Alabama News
Sean of the South: Talking to girls

My mother always used to tell me the same stupid thing: “Be yourself,” she was always saying. Give me a break.

Soldier Alabama News
Sean of the South: The young soldier

He’s a good boy. A good man. A fine soldier. And that is why I thanked a perfect stranger for his service to our country.

Engagement Alabama News
Sean of the South: Popping the question

“It sounds like a plot from a Hallmark movie,” he says. “But that’s how it all happened.”

Heatwave Alabama News
Sean of the South: Heatwave

The entire region has been succumbing to deadly heat this week. There have been 11 heat-related deaths in the Southeast recently. On Tuesday, a postal worker collapsed and died while on his route in Dallas.

Dukes Alabama News
Sean of the South: The mayonnaise tasters

My cousin was over for dinner; we got to talking about mayonnaise. One thing led to another. The conversation got heated, and eventually we were shouting.

Just Married Alabama News
Sean of the South: One night in Mobile

“Just Married.” That’s what’s written on the back of a ratty tailgate in white shoe polish. The plates are North Carolina. The old Ford Ranger has seen better days.

Little Boy Alabama News
Sean of the South: Field peas

A side-of-the-road restaurant. Way out in the sticks. The young boy was seated at the table with his mother and father. His mother had green hair. His father was bald, with tattoos on his face and on his scalp. The little boy was using a wheelchair.

Typewriter Alabama News
Sean of the South: Class clown

There is magic in old things. You can’t find this charm in glowing monitors or phone screens.

Baseball Alabama News
Sean of the South: Miracle league

There was excitement in the air. The same kind of under-the-surface joy that precedes all ball games. Only more so. Because, you see, this was a Miracle League game.

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