Six stories

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. It sounds improbable, but I believe I am up to the task. I can sum up a city in just six stories. At the time, they were just stories, black ink filling up the pages of a yearly magazine in … Continue reading Six stories

‘The Good Lord was next to him’

You hear some odd things, when you sit ten feet from a police scanner.When I worked in Mississippi, the police scanner was constantly abuzz, sitting atop the long desk where we spread that week’s newspaper pages for editing. There were conversations about suspicious people walking through neighborhoods. There were notifications of warrants being served. There were … Continue reading ‘The Good Lord was next to him’

Above and beyond

My first job as a college graduate was in Magee, Mississippi, four hours away from home. I rented a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for five hundred bucks a month, and it felt like grand theft real estate. That house was huge. In fact, the previous renter used a a large picnic table as his kitchen table. … Continue reading Above and beyond

A trip to Clay-Chalkville High School’s journalism class

I have spent a lot of time at Clay-Chalkville High School. I spent one morning reminiscing with a theater teacher about his nearly twenty years at the school. I spent a frigid morning when school was canceled due to icy roads snapping photos and a video of a vandalized front lawn. I spent National Signing Days … Continue reading A trip to Clay-Chalkville High School’s journalism class