The leaves of Little River Canyon

By Gary Lloyd FORT PAYNE – Growing up, I despised the leaves. There were thousands upon thousands of them, all for me to rake into trash bags and tote to the street for pickup. Leaves routinely kept me and my friends from playing backyard football, driveway basketball, and riding bikes. One time, the piles of … Continue reading The leaves of Little River Canyon

Carolina

By Gary Lloyd The following story is a chapter in Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here. For a year, all I heard about the state of North Carolina was that controversial bathroom law, the one that upset the LGBT community. High-profile musicians and bands canceled their concerts in Charlotte, Greensboro and … Continue reading Carolina

Book of inspiring stories releases Sept. 15

MOODY, Ala. -- Gary Lloyd has released his fourth book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South.The book is broken down into three parts: People, Places and Play. In the People section, Lloyd tells stories of inspirational people, from a BMX stunt team motivating a school of elementary students to a man with severe Alzheimer’s miraculously … Continue reading Book of inspiring stories releases Sept. 15

Departing with my longtime truck

For the first few weeks I lived in Mississippi, I drove a Honda Accord. It was a great car, a crimson-magenta exterior and black leather inside. I was often surprised at how fast it could go. But it was a car. And being a man with a car in Mississippi must be a lot like being … Continue reading Departing with my longtime truck

A Northern city I could call home

This story appears as the prologue in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   I have not traveled to many cities up North. I have lived only in Alabama, and Mississippi for six months, and, like most Southerners, my vacations have consisted of the beaches at the Gulf and the … Continue reading A Northern city I could call home