The shop

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   I was legitimately terrified. It was my first summer job, and I was ill-prepared. I knew nothing of carburetors and SAE-30, and I wasn’t strong enough to lift close to a hundred pounds of metal alone. A buddy’s parents … Continue reading The shop

Book Excerpt: Sonny Days

By Gary Lloyd I’m working on my sixth book, Sonny Days, the story of our rescue dog Sonny and other inspiring canine stories. I’m still in the latter phases of getting this book put together, but I wanted to share an excerpt from it. The below excerpt comes from Chapter 3, which I titled Settling, … Continue reading Book Excerpt: Sonny Days

Lasting Lines

You know that great one-liner from your favorite movie? Or how you can quote seemingly every episode of Friends? It happens with books, too. For whatever reasons, these pages are standing out to me tonight. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg   All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick … Continue reading Lasting Lines

Sean of the South visits Trussville

Sean Dietrich, widely known as Sean of the South, visited the Trussville Public Library on Friday night. Make sure to check out his website, and keep an eye on the Cahaba Sun in the coming months for a feature about the author and entertainer. He has quite a story to tell, and I'm glad I'll … Continue reading Sean of the South visits Trussville

Weatherman

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Still eyes were all around us in a dark living room on Main Street, in a house that smelled suspiciously like mothballs.  They were the eyes of recognizable men in history, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Their … Continue reading Weatherman

Austin Way

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   My grandmother lived in the greatest place when I was little. It was perched atop a small hill in Birmingham, near Ruffner Mountain. The backyard was a dream. It was wide and deep, and when we weren’tt smacking around … Continue reading Austin Way

The youth director

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   I’m not a big believer in the accuracy of first impressions, but I have one perfect example of it being true. I was in junior high, and beginning to get involved with the wrong crowd. My friend and … Continue reading The youth director

Professor Pulitzer

This story is the epilogue to Gary Lloyd's book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Most people know him through his poignant books on his family, his longform stories on New York bodegas under siege, a bomb in Oklahoma City, a South Carolina mother who drowned her sons, and an … Continue reading Professor Pulitzer

A walk through the Cahaba Project

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- I remember that bottom-floor classroom, the one on the corner of the building not far from the gymnasium where I tried out for the Hewitt-Trussville Junior High School basketball team. I sat near the back of the room with a couple buddies. We laughed during Channel One News and sighed … Continue reading A walk through the Cahaba Project

Pride

This story appears in Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get the book here. Pride is a difficult thing to find when you're staring at a building overcome by cracking mortar, "No Trespassing" signs, weeds as tall as a grown man, rusting handrails, doors spray-painted with "X" and shattered windows. It is unsightly and … Continue reading Pride