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
TRUSSVILLE — Gary Lloyd has launched a new podcast, called the Books, Babble & Ball Podcast. The podcast will feature topics such as writing, journalism, history, news, interviews, sports and more. The first episode of the podcast was made available Sept. 8, and includes discussion with David Lloyd about the PGA Tour Championship, the upcoming … Continue reading New podcast launched
Sometimes, you just have to have fun with modern-day technology. In this case, that means memes. Enjoy them below. And don't forget, you can order Sonny Days: Struggles, Scenery and Solace with the World's Strangest Shelter Dog here.
TRUSSVILLE, Ala. -- Gary Lloyd has released his sixth book, Sonny Days: Struggles, Scenery and Solace with the World’s Strangest Shelter Dog. The book’s official release date is July 29. Sonny Days is the story of Sonny, a brown Labrador-hound mix strayed in Bessemer, Alabama, and rescued by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Before he … Continue reading ‘Sonny Days’ is available
THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, RAY OF HOPE: ONE MAN’S DREAM, HUNDREDS SERVED. GET IT HERE. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RAY OF HOPE WHEELCHAIR RAMP MINISTRY IN PACE, FLORIDA. Chapter 19: By the grace of God It was like talking on the phone with your grandmother. She was sweet, caring and you knew she’d bake you an … Continue reading Ray of Hope excerpt: By the grace of God
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
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
THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. So much about that high school football season was tough. A player dying during a gym workout prior to the season kicking off. The small town's grocery store, which produced a quarter of a million dollars in annual tax revenue, … Continue reading Tough runs
Like me, I'm sure you're in some form of quarantine during this COVID-19 pandemic, so I wanted to offer this video of Gatlinburg. It is just a stream of photos from a November 2019 trip to the Smoky Mountains, but maybe you'll enjoy it.
This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Ray of Hope: One Man's Dream, Hundreds Served. Get it here. All proceeds benefit the Ray of Hope Wheelchair Ramp ministry in Pace, Florida. Chapter 23: Everybody helped everybody I have recorded and transcribed thousands of interviews. I have heard so many different things. I have heard … Continue reading Everybody helped everybody