Rise to the moment of truth Sunday, December 4, 2022

Tag: SEAN OF THE SOUTH

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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: 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: Brody 'Freaking' Ridder

“Will you sign my yearbook?” It’s a humbling question for a sixth grader to ask. In fact, it’s a humbling question at any age. Because what if the person turns you down? What if they reject you? Frankly I’d rather try to sell someone Amway.

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Sean of the South: Welcome to Newnan

“Because this is exactly the kinda [expletive] you write about, I just wanted to tell you my story. It doesn’t matter how [bleeped] up your life is. Prayer works. Love works. Kindness works. Goodness works.”

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Sean of the South: Texas

Mrs. Welch parked and stared at the brick building in the distance where she’s been teaching for 14 years. She tried to imagine what teachers in Uvalde, Texas, must have been feeling when their sanctuary was invaded by a lone gunman. A gunman who killed 19 students and two teachers.

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Sean of the South: When in Bama

The anti-Alabama letters keep coming in. “I read that you’re moving to Alabama, Sean,” the email began, “and I’m not trying to talk...

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Sean of the South: Alabama or bust!

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  So I guess we’re moving. My wife, Jamie, has been looking at houses for several months now, ever...

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Sean of the South: The Country Gentleman

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  Danny and the boys arrived late to the nursing home. They were running behind schedule because...

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Sean of the South: Lady of the checkout lane

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  The supermarket checkout line. She was white-haired and frail. Her buggy was filled to capacity...

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Sean of the South: WEEEEEE!

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  I have a letter here from Kyle that reads, “Dear Sean, I have the ring, I have the girl, but every...

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Sean of the South: It's going to be alright

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  Remember when you were little? Remember how whenever you were sick your mother made chicken soup?...

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Sean of the South: Alabama trees

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  Somewhere in Alabama. A small town with a cute main street, lots of muddy trucks, and men who...

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Sean of the South: The Soloist

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  I was eleven. I was invited to try out for the Christmas community choir. A lady visited our church...

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Sean of the South: Fire Fighters

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  The sky above Surry County, North Carolina, smells of burnt wood and heavy soot tonight. The atmosphere...

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Sean of the South: The Club

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  The nursing home was done up for Thanksgiving. There were stuffed turkeys on bookshelves, twinkly...