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Sean of the South: I Hope

By Sean Dietrich I met her for coffee. She was middle-aged. Her hair was purple. On her arm was a tattoo which read “HOPE.” Her story...

Sean of the South: Memorial Day

By Sean Dietrich Dear Young Person, I am an imaginary old man. I am every World War II veteran you never knew. I am each faceless...

Sean of the South: Resurrection Sunday

By Sean Dietrich Easter Sunday. An Episcopal church in Birmingham. Vaulted ceilings. Ornate masonry. A pipe organ. A choir dressed in lacework cottas. Individual stained-glass...

Sean of the South: ‘Tis of Thee

FacebookTwitterEmailShare By Sean Dietrich “Dear Sean, how can we save this country?” the email began. The writer lives in Hartford, Connecticut. His name is Michael. I have...

Sean of the South: Alabama

By Sean Dietrich The plane landed in Tuscaloosa at 8:37 p.m. Central Time. Coach Kalen DeBoer deboarded. He was met with an entourage of photographers and...

Sean of the South: 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....

Sean of the South: Small Gifts

By Sean Dietrich Birmingham, Alabama—the 1970’s. The hairstyles are ridiculous. Fashions are even worse. It’s Christmastime in the Magic City. Early evening. A young couple arrives...

Sean of the South: Thanksgiving

By Sean Dietrich You probably didn’t hear about it. But yesterday, God visited earth. Contrary to what you’ve heard, God is a big fan of people....

Sean of the South: Barbie

By Sean Dietrich Recently, it came to my attention that I was one of the remaining four Americans who had not seen “Barbie.” In case...

Sean of the South: Old Music

By Sean Dietrich Willie Nelson is on my radio. He is singing one of my favorite songs. “In the twilight glow I see her, “Blue eyes crying...