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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A New Year

By Sean Dietrich Long ago, my college professor told us to choose a poem to recite in class. Students chose lofty selections from the greats. Whitman, Dickinson, Frost. I consulted Daddy's Hank Williams songbook. 10:40 P.M.—New Year’s Eve. Hank Williams is on my radio. My wife is sleeping in the passenger...
The Wisdom of the Wizard of Westwood By Kirk McCarley Those of my generation who had interest in college basketball were witness to one of the greatest sports dynasties in the history of athletic competition with the dominance of the UCLA Bruins.  Save for one year, from 1964 to 1975, the...

Sean of the South

A CHRISTMAS STORY By Sean Dietrich This was the old world. The only thing worse than being a pregnant adolescent, was being one in a small town. This is not my story, I just wrote it down. It was told to me by a preacher. His name was Jacob, but people...
The Christmas Spirit “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” You know the scene in the movie, The Grinch where Cindy Lou sings to Santa… “Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?” I love that scene. It always gets me teary eyed. Maybe because, I have been...
The Life That Some Dogs Lead It all starts with the choice to breed, Not even thinking it's more mouths to feed. So cute and cuddly when they arrive, But how many of them will actually survive? All these things they should consider, Yet still they sell to the highest bidder. Not even knowing where they'll...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

Tis’ The Season By Rev. Pete Hyde The Thanksgiving newspaper hit the driveway with what must have been a three-pound-thud because of all the ads.  'TIS THE SEASON!! The Thanksgiving meal was prepared and devoured, leftovers put away, football games were watched, naps taken and strategy laid out for Black Friday.  Christmas decorations...

Sean Dietrich

THE INVISIBLE MAN By Sean Dietrich I just met someone. An invisible someone. A man who—despite whatever his problems may be—isn't lost. A man who knows things. Who smokes used cigars. He sits on the steps of the Shell Station. A backpack beside him. His skin is rawhide. His beard is white. His...

Pastors Pondering

A Pastor’s Ponderings By Rev. Pete Hyde He stands before a large, empty, stark, white canvas with paints and brushes at the ready.  It is time to create.  With the skill of a master artist, he begins to paint.  He starts with a pure blue and brushes the top of the...

Lotus Life – Gratitude

SoWal Life- November Gratitude November is here and Thanksgiving, with all its turkey and cobbler is just around the corner. I love the time when gathered with family and friends, and everyone shares what they are grateful for on this day. Because the thing I have come to learn about gratitude...
By Lauren Catanese Fall has officially...

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