Deer in the floodlights 

By Gary Lloyd  I have never killed a deer. Heck, I’ve never stared at one through the scope of a Remington or from atop a deer stand strapped tight to a tall oak.  No, for most of my life I’ve only seen deer from a heated seat of a Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sorento, through … Continue reading Deer in the floodlights 

Baseball in October

I’m writing this in October, because the feelings, the frustrations over base-running miscues and late-inning disappointments, are fresh. Bluntly? The Atlanta Braves broke my heart again. It’s a theme. All Braves fans know it. When good things are happening, some sort of disappointment is bound to follow. The Braves reached the National League Championship Series … Continue reading Baseball in October

Bookends on 2020

As an author and longtime keeper of books I forgot I even owned, bookends are necessities in my house. And what’s crazy is I don’t even have real bookends. You know, the fancy ones from Pier 1 and Wayfair. I just use whatever I can find — thicker hardbacks, wide picture frames, Bear Bryant-themed Coca-Cola … Continue reading Bookends on 2020

Making sense of the muse

I’ve heard Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned Alabama author Rick Bragg speak several times about “the muse,” that source of creativity a writer relies on to put words on a page. He has not spoken of “the muse” glowingly. Writing, like anything else, is a job, he says. It’s hard work. You write for creativity, … Continue reading Making sense of the muse

Catching up on Cahaba Sun stories

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Phew. It’s been a whirlwind the last few months. There is now a two-month-old in our house, and I can’t believe that. What a fun time. Here are my recent stories in the Cahaba Sun. Stay tuned for more in the coming months. I wrote about the trees of Trussville, … Continue reading Catching up on Cahaba Sun stories

New Cahaba Sun stories

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Here are some more stories I’ve had published recently in the Cahaba Sun. First, a feature story on June Mathews, the executive director of the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, a position she originally did not want. Second, a story on the Trussville population expectations in the 2020 Census, including … Continue reading New Cahaba Sun stories

November Cahaba Sun stories

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- I had a trio of person-focused feature stories in the November issue of the Cahaba Sun. Here’s a story fitting for Veteran’s Day, on a 97-year-old Trussville veteran who describes himself as a “workaholic” and tells lies with his buddies at the local Hardee’s. His story is inspiring. Here’s a … Continue reading November Cahaba Sun stories

More Trussville stories

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- I’ve had a few more stories published in the Cahaba Sun, a great monthly newspaper that covers the city of Trussville. Here’s a story on a five-hour barbecue cook-off, at which you can stuff your face for a great cause. Here’s a story on Cahaba Elementary School developing a project … Continue reading More Trussville stories

Trussville Tales

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It is nice to type that ten-letter dateline again. I covered the city of Trussville, my hometown, full time for a handful of years before moving on. I wrote about sweltering nights on the Jack Wood Stadium sidelines, a tornado that tore up the terrain, snow that canceled more school … Continue reading Trussville Tales