Newspaper articles live a regrettably short life, unless they are sealed behind glass and hung on bedroom walls. They remain in mint condition for one day, and that is often it. They are read at the kitchen table, crumpled and thrown in the trash. They are pressed into cardboard boxes, to help people move household items. They are rolled tight, to frighten dogs into good behavior. They are tossed into campfires, fireplaces and even litter boxes. They turn yellow in coin boxes and on newsstands, unread. The articles are quickly forgotten.
In Valley Road, author Gary Lloyd celebrates the inspiring people he encountered as a journalist, reveals heartening stories of family and friends, and describes the beauty and simplicity of the American South. In doing so, these uplifting stories always have somewhere to live on, and never be forgotten.
“Gary shows in this book how coaches, youth pastors and community leaders truly impact the people around them and in turn impact communities in such a positive way. Each chapter demonstrates the positive impact of such people and reminds me of how such people have impacted my life, and encourages me and others to do the same. This book is a must read and one that hopefully encourages us all to realize the impact we can have on the people around us.”
-Jay Barker, former University of Alabama quarterback
“Gary Lloyd writes with fervor that leaves the reader feeling something akin to a plate of blackberry cobbler—with vanilla ice cream, of course. This book, and Gary himself, are gems in this world.”
-Sean Dietrich, author of seven books about life in the American South