Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Rick Bragg called it “pretty writing.” The Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Alabama writing professor, the one who made his name in the writing world at the foot of the rubble in Oklahoma City, the same man who armed himself only with a pen and notepad amongst the unrest and bullets in Haiti and … Continue reading Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Help One Person At A Time

Words of slain Moody sergeant will live on  By Gary Lloyd  MOODY — The city I called home for almost five years was dressed up as if it were homecoming week. Blue ribbons and bows danced from their respective mailboxes and front porches, and every now and then a loud truck sped by on Highway … Continue reading Help One Person At A Time

Green Quarantine

The red bricks and thick mortar continue to rise high, but the green will always tower higher.  I have written about Trussville a long time, lived here even longer, and only recently, sans a historical book project in 2013, have I been able to take a step back into the past. We moved to Trussville … Continue reading Green Quarantine

Trussville Girl Scout goes for Gold Award

This will be a short blog post, but an important one. Alex Rudick is a junior at Hewitt-Trussville High School closing in on her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor she can receive. You will read about her project at length in an upcoming issue of the Cahaba Sun, and I hope you take … Continue reading Trussville Girl Scout goes for Gold Award

Paying it forward

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.  He remembers that the 6-foot-5, 220-pound lineman always looked sad. He was always so quiet. Once he found out the lanky lineman’s story, he knew why. The lineman’s mother was killed in a murder-suicide by his stepfather when he was … Continue reading Paying it forward

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

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