You’re such a #%^**!!ing idiot and I am so unbelievably disappointed in you after reading your last column.
Before you try to shut me down or fight back, I think if you read through some of the comments left by others on your last post you’ll realize that I’m not alone… When you wonder why you’ve lost all your faithful readers and you’re all alone, know that it’s because of your own insensitive words.
I’ll admit that you deceived us all. My husband and I thought you were a good guy, but your insensitivity to the serious divisions facing the country right now is sickening to me. You are wrong, wrong, wrong. America does suck, and by refusing to admit it so do you.
Also, your whole “it’s a wonderful life” attitude and take on life is pure B.S., too.
You honestly represent the main problem with this country… Nobody cares what you have to say about anything anyway so please do us all a favor and just shut the *#&$! up.
Tim heinz - June 27, 2022 3:30 am
I care what you have to say, Sean.
Jill Foshee - June 27, 2022 3:32 am
I am so grateful for your column on what’s right with our country. Please don’t let the negative comments of a few stop you!
Jonni Webb - June 28, 2022 12:20 pm
Sean, some people just don’t realize that THEY are the problem… please keep doing what you are doing. You brighten the day for so many of us!
JimE - June 27, 2022 3:32 am
Please ignore miserable people like this one
MeSteve - June 27, 2022 3:33 am
Thank you for being a voice for hope and joy and goodness. Ignore the critics and continue being YOU. after all, in this country we have certain inalienable rights. Among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Or at least that’s what I was raised to believe.
Tabitha Garner - June 27, 2022 8:49 pm
Tabitha Garner - June 27, 2022 9:06 pm
Okay just to clarify that I was replying to MeSteve’s comment. Just didn’t want any misunderstanding about this because Sean, we LOVE you, your perspective and your writing.. like the majority of these followers we look forward to your words like having a friend for coffee on the front porch every day. Lots of hugs coming from Pensacola!
KK - June 28, 2022 4:42 am
Penny Lozon - June 29, 2022 12:53 pm
Won’t it be nice when it’s no longer necessary to identify each other by our races because we no longer see the color of our skins instead we see the kindness in the eyes and the holding of a door. Thank you for sharing.
Lynn B. - June 27, 2022 3:33 am
So glad you made that your column! If we occasionally look at people like this, the rest of us can truly celebrate all that is true and good and right about this great country and the author who points us to that fact daily. I love this world and especially this great country through your beautiful eyes, Sean!
BranWick - June 27, 2022 3:34 am
I especially loved your last column! What is wrong with people?!
Dermot - June 27, 2022 3:34 am
Love is all Sean. Thank you for your faith in good. I love you my friend.
Catherine - June 27, 2022 3:35 am
Sean, I sincerely look forward to your column and point of view, daily. Whether I agree has nothing to do with how much I really look forward to reading whatever you have to say. Please continue with your writing! Ignore the cranky comments and write-on, young man!
Carey Rogers - June 27, 2022 3:38 am
What a miserable cow. I look forward to your daily column so I don’t end up viewing the world the way they do. Stay gold, ponyboy. Or red. The world needs more yous.
Jimmy Stewart - June 27, 2022 12:50 pm
One of the most accurate statements I’ve ever read in this comments section!!! “I, too, read your daily column so I will never ever ever end up viewing the world the way that people without hope do!!!” Thank you Carey! Outstanding. So Sean…to many others I add my voice, Keep on keeping the main thing the main thing. Giving people hope that there is ultimate good in the world. Most of this vitriol will go away once people realize that we don’t want a few people in Washington deciding every detail of our lives and that our states will make better decisions for those who live there. It’s going to be okay. Okay?
N3ØWULF - June 27, 2022 3:38 am
Sean, I sincerely hope you take the advice from this person, because they were 100% spot-on in their assessment of you. As a matter of fact, I’d be willing to bet your friend Michelle would even be disappointed in your last column and how you are so insensitive to things she’s advocated for her entire life. My wife, who happens to be one of her childhood and lifelong best-friends, thought about reaching out to her to ask her if she read your last column. I can assure you that if she did, Michelle would probably be writing a different column about you vs the the one that exposed us to you. And unlike you, she’s a legit writer for a legit newspaper!
Richard Owen - June 27, 2022 1:47 pm
There are very few “legit” newspapers anymore and that comes from someone who was a photojournalist with a small newspaper, N3ØWULF. And you have no idea what Michelle would have felt. Why do all you people think some right has been taken away by the Supreme Court when all the decision does is return the right to the states where it belongs.
I can see why people like you use some sort of acronym for their signature so no one knows who he/she/it really is.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:14 am
Richard Owen, it because of people like you who are absolutely clueless on why Roe v Wade won in the original Supreme Court decision. Yes, abortion may have been the catalyst case that got it to be reviewed in the Court, but the case before the court was actually about protecting all peoples Constitutionally recognized 14th Amendment right to autonomy and privacy. And when the Court of that time ruled in favor of Roe they were ruling in favor of her 14A rights to not be trampled on by Wade or anyone else. And last I checked, that’s exactly what the Supreme Court is supposed to do, intervene when various state laws attempt to infringe upon anyones Constitutionally protected right. However, what the current SCOTUS did was actually in violation of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment by overturning a previous SCOTUS ruling on the grounds of religious beliefs of idiots and their gay theology that says “sodomy is a sin, but incest is okay!” And speaking of returning the decision on abortion, many states already have “trigger laws” that are going to outright ban abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, and they’re going to punish any providers and/or organizations/people that assist these women in going to another state where it’s still legal. And while I’m on topic of the 14A being obliterated, keep in mind that HIPAA and ADA laws are an extension of that Amendment, which means your rights to privacy in those matters have been obliterated as well. But thanks for proving your own ignorance on the real issue at hand. Just remember, once you’ve allowed the government to strip away one Constitutionally protected right then don’t get mad when they come for the rest of them, including your 1A right to have all the idiotic religious beliefs that you do.
Chasity Davis Ritter. SOTS lifer!! - June 27, 2022 2:55 pm
N30WULF May I suggest you get off this blog and block the email from coming to your mailbox? You obviously don’t enjoy Sean of the South like the other 99.999999999999999999 % of us do I don’t like hearing you bash him. We love him. You don’t so why are you even here. Block delete unfriend how ever you want to say it move along troll. We are here by choice and so are you so if you don’t like it please take your bad attitude some where else and from Oklahoma I would sincerely like to say to you “well bless your heart”!!
Kelly - June 27, 2022 3:42 pm
Seriously, why even follow something if you don’t like it? Unless you just have no life and harassing people is your thing. In that case, find someone else to harass, N30WULF.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:23 am
Kelly, who are you to assume that I don’t like a majority of what Sean has posted in the past? Sorry to tell you this but IDGAF who you are, when I see Constitutionally protected rights being stripped away from fellow citizens, while the 1A gets trampled on as well, I have a problem with it. And if you or anyone else have a problem with it then know this, I’ll gladly exercise my 2A rights to protect all other rights outlined in the Constitution by you or anyone else. I have a right to protect my fellow man and woman from terrorists, domestic and foreign, and right now you’re on the side with the domestic terrorists.
Concerned citizen - June 28, 2022 12:34 pm
I believe you are spewing terroristic threats and the FBI should be notified.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:20 am
Chasity Davis, who are you to presume to know what I do and don’t like? I actually like most of what Sean has posted in the past, but his self-admitted ignorance and non-education related to making a post like he did during a time when women’s rights have been set back 50+ years is nothing to defend or celebrate. And TBH, IDGAF if you don’t like my response to him doing that, as I will not silence myself to comfort your ignorance.
Cindy - June 27, 2022 7:55 pm
You, no name, and the response from the person today, must enjoy spewing your vitriol on people like Sean. Good that he’s a strong person with a sense of compassion for others. Disagreeing with someone is normal but the meanness people like you exhibit is definitely deplorable.
Sandra B B - June 27, 2022 3:38 am
To each his own opinion, but certainly not mine. Enjoy your column and your “attitude”.
Patty - June 27, 2022 3:42 am
Wow. That person was just a bit upset, eh? Well, different people are what makes the world go around. I, for one, so appreciated your positive thoughts. I had an experience a couple of weeks ago in one of our local “Mom and Pop” restaurants. It was a busy morning, the cook had burned herself and was moving (understandably) a bit slower than usual, so the waitress let me know it might be a bit of a wait from the outset. I told her I had nowhere to be for hours and was perfectly fine. I observed folks talking and laughing, kids playing, and the nice man at the table next to me got up and refilled our coffee for us when the waitress got busy and was a bit behind. He and his wife shared their creamer and jelly. A LOT of positive things I observed sitting there. It just felt so good to see folks being kind to each other. There are ALWAYS good things out there, we just have to see them AND share them. I appreciated your post. It’s much needed. And for those who didn’t appreciate it, ok. That’s how you feel. It’s valid. There is a lot wrong right now, but it doesn’t mean we can’t stop and look for those moments that can make us smile despite the crappy stuff. Maybe watch a film called “Life is Beautiful” (1997). It’s about a family who is captured and put in concentration camps during WW2. The small son was put in with his father and to help his son not be afraid, he made a sort of a “game” out of all that was going on. It sounds crazy, I know, but it really impacted me and the way I look at life. Give it a watch. It will hopefully help your readers to rethink some things.
virginia westlake - June 27, 2022 4:06 pm
I saw that movie years ago and still think about it. Very impactful!
Kathleen Rugel - June 27, 2022 3:43 am
Don’t listen to them. You rock.
Faye hutt - June 27, 2022 3:43 am
First, I don’t want you to shut the anything up. I’ve been following you too long to start missing you. I didn’t comment on your last post – I just read through and deleted it. Your rose-colored glasses cause your view to be much rosier than mine some days. I see and recognize all those good little things that make life better. But for many of us (females) this one was too big to deal with in the usual manner. Just wanted you to know the timing was not good.
Sylvia Pesek - July 5, 2022 3:42 pm
Beautifully said, Faye.
Edith Reed - June 27, 2022 3:46 am
Oh my God. Someone has anger issues. Your comment was perfect
Anne S. Duraski - June 27, 2022 3:46 am
We live in “the land of the free” where everyone can express their thoughts and opinions on most any subject without fear of serious reprisal… for better or worse.
When “loyal” readers say you have “let them down” by expressing an opinion contrary to their own, just know you have supported and encouraged 10 fold more readers.
I am with you, as are many of my family members. WE LOVE AMERICA! For all our faults and failings, we are still the greatest country in the world! Why do thousands of immigrants want to come here?
Thank you for standing tall and voicing what many in this country know to be true and out heartfelt belief. We are not perfect, but, God bless America. ❤️ Snowmonkey301 301
Jan Danvir - June 27, 2022 3:48 am
Lois Kaminski - June 27, 2022 3:49 am
That letter was one of the rudest things I’ve ever heard. Didn’t you watch enough Bambi when you were little? “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say nothin’ at all.” And besides I agree with Sean, a little “thankful” goes a long way. Thanks, Sean, for giving us a bit of sunshine.
Brenda Chiarizio - June 27, 2022 3:51 am
You are an excellent writer and an inspiration to us all. Please do not listen to the negativity of some very unhappy people. I agree with you, life is good if you look on the bright side and believe in God. Thank you Sean.
Ellouise Daniel - June 27, 2022 3:52 am
Please don’t shut up. As my momma says, “This too shall pass.” You are a wonderful reminder of all that is right in our world.
Bo - June 27, 2022 3:53 am
Good answer! “if you argue with a fool they will bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience” Mark Twain. But beyond that, please do not “shut up”. I can assure you there are far more of us who love what you have to say, appreciate the positive outlook and don’t think our country sucks, than there are of them that watch the news 24/7. yes we are in difficult times and I don’t think the issues in our country can be ignored, but I don’t think that its wrong for a columnist to focus on other things and leave the doom and gloom to other outlets. we love you! Keep doing what you do!
Lois Oleson - June 27, 2022 3:54 am
Sad , sick person. They are wrong.
Maryah - June 27, 2022 3:54 am
I love reading your column every day. Our country IS beautiful!! Your last piece was a great reminder to take a step back, breathe deep and remember we all share this great big “house” and have to find a way to get along. Thank you for sharing it and please keep doing what you’re doing.
Kathy Spruiell - June 27, 2022 3:55 am
Good grief… surely you understand that the biggest problem clearly belongs to that fella and not in what you write. You are not Pollyanna. Your life has been challenging. But you have survived by choosing love and seeking joy in every day life. Those are hard earned life skills that he needs desperately. A loyal fan I’ll always be!
Amanda McKinley - June 28, 2022 6:46 pm
Same! And beautifully articulated.
Levy Cassie - June 27, 2022 3:56 am
No, Sean. The angry, pathetic soul who wrote that is part of the problem. You are part of the solution. Many of us are sick of the hatred and negativity found in her tribe. I prefer being a member of yours.
KK - June 27, 2022 3:57 am
If you have the wrong view of this life we all have to live… Well, I guess I’d prefer to have the wrong view too. I’d rather see the bright side to every situation than spend my whole life embroiled in hatred & anger over situations that are out of my control. Love is going to do far more towards healing the divisions in this country than hate ever possibly could.
Lavonne Miller - June 27, 2022 9:45 am
So totally true!!! Bless you for writing that!
Lavonne Miller - June 27, 2022 9:47 am
I mean it was true what kk wrote.. keep up the positivity and good work sean! I love reading your posts!
Ruth Barfield - June 27, 2022 3:58 am
May God Bless you, Sean. Take care.
Judie Perye - June 27, 2022 3:58 am
You are entirely right about the wonderfulness of our country and people. Yes, there are haters out there, but the majority of us are good and loving people who are ready and willing to help out people in need all over the world. It’s always a minority of loud people who make the most noise and drown out the music. I hope you keep singing and I, for one and probably more than can be counted, will be listening.
Shannon Moore - June 27, 2022 2:10 pm
This right here……”It’s alway the minority of loud people who make the most noise and drown out the music.” Thank you for this Judie!
Cathy stewart - June 27, 2022 4:00 am
Keep sharing the good news, Sean. We all need to hear it.
Chasity Davis Ritter - June 27, 2022 4:00 am
Ummm delete. Block!! Don’t even finish reading emails like that. She and I assume it’s a she can go fly a kite!! I totally agreed with your last post. I shared it to my fbook and I was so happy to read it today after all the division and hate I’ve been reading on social media. As a woman I have opinions and understanding for both sides but I’m sorry this persons message to you was very uncalled for. She reminds me of the customers who come into our store do something completely in the wrong then say we’ll I will never shop here again and I’m like please and thank you for that. We don’t need customers like them and you don’t need readers like her. Thanks to her I got cheated out of my much needed (everyday) bright spot in my day of reading your column. Don’t you ever listen to the negative Nancy’s out there or the Karen’s either!!!
Ava - June 27, 2022 4:01 am
Sean, you were spot on. The person who wrote that is the f#ing idiot. May the Lord bless you and keep you ❤️
Beverly Gunson - June 27, 2022 4:01 am
Perspective…we each have it. Opinions, aim, intention, attitude, vantage point, viewpoint, standpoint…and so on.
It’s a privilege to live in this country from my perspective.
My opinion no doubt matters not at all to the person of a different intention, attitude or viewpoint.
We’re all unique and at various stages in life which impacts our perspective.
I appreciate your writing Sean. For different reasons on different days.
Chaz Cone - June 27, 2022 4:03 am
Sticks and stones, my friend. If you take that stuff to heart, they win. Love you, man…
Pope - June 27, 2022 4:04 am
Illegitimi non carborundum
Richard Owen - June 27, 2022 2:33 pm
Right on, brother!
Dan Martin - June 27, 2022 8:26 pm
My dad taught me that phrase decades ago, and it has always served me well.
Dwight Tew - June 27, 2022 4:07 am
Sean, stay your course. You try to write the good things. And you do. Rarely, I’m not crazy about something you write but I know you are a good ole’ boy. I was raised in Dothan, AL. My wife in Headland, AL. We appreciate you other than being a UA fan. We both graduated from Auburn! 😳🤣
Miz Liz - June 27, 2022 4:09 am
Sean, do NOT….repeat, DO NOT listen to that poor unhappy person. Because we live in a wonderful, free land that has and protects freedom of speech, she gets her say, but 😡😩😖🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️she wrote it so now read the words of the rest of us 👏🏻👏🏻🤗🤗☺️☺️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💕💕 Sean, you make my day bearable, EVERY DAY WITH EVERY ONE OF YOUR WORDS. 🤗🤗🤗 💻💻⌨️⌨️✒️🖊📝 so just WRITE ON 💕💕💕
Marshall Barth - June 27, 2022 4:10 am
Perfect response, Sean. Thanks for always sharing with us your thoughtful writing that adds to the experience of every day with which we are blessed.
Eddy - June 27, 2022 4:11 am
Everyone take note of the.big brain in the head of the inconsiderate and heartless person that sent the response to Sean’s previous posting concerning our country. Nice. Really nice. NOT! I Look forward to seeing your column on Tuesday, Sean. Lori and l love Y’all and your writing.
Michelle - June 27, 2022 4:11 am
First of all I pray you don’t lose a winks sleep over this demeaning letter. In my eyes you are all things good. One of my favorite commentators I was watching today said how important it is to be grateful and by being born in America you have already won the lottery. I couldn’t agree more!
ky - June 27, 2022 4:13 am
FYI sean you are not an idiot. your post are the first thing i read in the morning. keep up the good work. reader from the northern area of the world.
Kathryn - June 27, 2022 4:14 am
She sounds like fun!
Connie Griggs - June 27, 2022 4:15 am
I apologize for the insensitivity of this person. This is beyond rude! I can only assume this person was either unfortunate enough to have no parental guidance to teach them civility or just is so socially inept that they don’t care how they hurt others. This person IS what’s wrong with our country! People have forgotten how to respect other peoples’ opinions – even when they disagree. Either way, you have many faithful readers who do care about what you say and who indeed like to be reminded of the “good ole days” as well as being informed of glimpses of HOPE for our grandchildrens’ futures. Please keep writing, Sean, and we will keep reading!!!!😊
Amanda McKinley - June 28, 2022 6:49 pm
Love your comments here. I can’t help but feel disheartened by any negative comments towards Sean. How can you interpret his words in any way but hopeful. Dear Lord. My heart is heavy. Sean, we need you. Keep writing.
Barbara - June 27, 2022 4:16 am
So sorry you had to get a letter like this. Bless you and what you write
Friend of Sean - June 27, 2022 4:17 am
I’ll stick with Sean!
Sharon Barnett - June 27, 2022 4:18 am
Oh my. That was very rude.
But I LOVED your reply!!!! Very Classy!!!
(High Fives to you, Sean)
Each morning, I read your post FIRST. Then I forward it to friends who I know would also enjoy what you have written and would be encouraged, too.
So, keep up the good work! I trust no one was holding the malcontent at gunpoint to make him read your post or blog. Your points in that story made me think about all the things that are great about our Country. Except: we really need some rain in Texas!
Susan - June 27, 2022 11:42 am
This person spewing venom and the few people like her are the reason our country is so divided. I thank God for you, Sean, and the majority of good hearted people like you!
Susie - June 27, 2022 1:51 pm
Sharon, holding someone at gunpoint WILLsoon be the problem.
Patti M Dew - June 27, 2022 4:18 am
Dear Sean, try to keep seeing past the hate and write on! ❤️
Daniel Dietrich - June 27, 2022 4:19 am
Haters will be haters. I believe it’s not that you or I don’t care about what’s going on in this country, it’s that we don’t get enough good news. The type of news that makes you want to fight for your country, give your life for your country. When I found you Sean Dietrich, you’ve been a breath of fresh air, I needed you, I want you to keep doing your thing as I enjoy your insight it’s what we all want and need. That being peace, love, and love of country. Love your work!!!!
Crabby Cakes - June 27, 2022 1:50 pm
Perfectly stated, Daniel!
Aloma Killingsworth - June 27, 2022 4:21 am
Sean, do not give a second thought to the lady (?) who said you should shut up about how wonderful America is….she is so self absorbed in her miserable (apparently) life that she has “optical rectitis”
… that’s a sh*tty outlook on life. Please continue on your own journey, and we can pray for her. 🙏 oh! Please come back to Dothan soon!
Mamacita - June 27, 2022 4:22 am
Sean, you did not have to publish that letter in your column…but you did. I interpret that action as showing us your strength and a peace within you about life. After all I’ve read about what haunts you, I’m always deeply heartened by your view of life. Comparing your outlook to the one of that last woman’s, my new mantra is “cynicism is not necessarily a sign of intelligence; and optimism is not at all a sign of weakness”.
Crabby Cakes - June 27, 2022 1:51 pm
Jan Claussen - June 27, 2022 4:22 am
I was uplifted by this last column of yours. I am a new faithful reader who looks forward to each of your daily commentaries. They show your sensitivity and humanity.
Thank you, Sean.
Cheryl Goralnick - June 27, 2022 4:24 am
That is a horrible, hateful, miserable excuse for a human. You move me to tears on a daily basis. You are a force for hood and hope. The haters – and they are legion – are gonna hate. You have to ignore them – completely block them from your consciousness. To listen to even an iota of their cruelty is to give them a power they are utterly unworthy of.
Em - June 27, 2022 4:28 am
Please don’t go. To some people, you are the only reason they are still here.
Kip - June 27, 2022 4:30 am
Well said Sean. I for one, welcomed some distraction from the awfulness going on in my brain right now.
Harriet White - June 27, 2022 7:05 am
Me too Kip.
Vicki - June 27, 2022 12:34 pm
I appreciate your positive outlook on life and finding and sharing the good in the world. There is a lot of division and hatred in our country and much of it is fueled by social media. Your are right to keep focusing on what is good. The USA is still one of the best countries to live in, where we have freedom of speech. Unfortunately , that very freedom is part of why we have so much hatred being spread. Keep being the shining light that you are. One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:8 that reminds on us to dwell on what is good, lovely, praiseworthy, etc.
Tommy Neuman - June 27, 2022 4:32 am
Couldn’t disagree more. Don’t read his column anymore and we will gladly refund your misery.
Erica - June 27, 2022 4:36 am
More still unites us than divides us, though the divisions are being deepened in dangerous ways. You unite us with your compassion, humor, wonderful writing, prodigious memory and sense of appreciation. We need you. Please keep at it!
WILLIAM JEFFERY WEBB - June 27, 2022 4:37 am
America DOES NOT SUCK. There are things going on here that suck. Some people suck! A lots things suck, but America is not one them. I was born and raised here and made the choice many years ago to stay here.
So Sean….keep on writing, and I and many more will continue to read.
Tell Karen that in the future when saying nobody wants here what you say, do so only after asking ALL your readers.
Melanie Johnston Levy, LPC - June 27, 2022 4:39 am
If this is a legitimate comment I hope and pray you hit the ‘delete’ button. I am SO grateful for your take on life and eagerly await your column every day. You and Jamie are my heroes. I hope I can meet you in person one day. M3 (mom, mel, mimi)
Dan - June 27, 2022 4:42 am
The old saying: if you are up to your neck in poop and someone throws a bucket of snot, would you duck? Well, it sucks but we’re not only ducking but we’re going for a full swim. Your daily snorkel is a fresh breath as we swim for a better tomorrow.
Kathy Coxwell - June 27, 2022 4:43 am
This dreadful Dear Sean reply came directly to my name. Please, please do not think I had anything to do with that horrid comment on your column. I think I have been hacked, as I have had to change several things because of someone’s getting personal information.
I am a respectable member of my community, a lawyer and part time Judge. Please believe me when I say I could never send a response such as that to you or anyone.
Melissa - June 27, 2022 4:46 am
Love your writing Sean and there is absolutely nothing sickening about your last column. I agree with you that America is full of beautiful things and turning off the television can clear your mind!
Sara Jane Howland - June 27, 2022 4:48 am
Please do NOT STFU! Your columns are a breath of sweet air. I love you.
Heather Miller - June 27, 2022 5:21 am
Makes one wonder what happened in this woman’s life to make her see the world as a dark hole. I am sorry she took out her anger on you. Ii am embarrassed for her. Keep writing about life and all the goodness around us. I am so moved by your openness about your own life, and I see how your experiences have given you the insight to feel the joys and sadness of others. Keep writing.
neighbor reader - June 27, 2022 4:54 am
Chin up. Words down. Keep going, Sean. You DO NOT suck.
James, The Fastest Man In Pompeii - June 27, 2022 4:56 am
Succinct and to the point; I’ll give’er that.
Everybody and his dog Spot are still trying to get to America though. I wonder why that is?
Melanie - June 27, 2022 4:56 am
Well that was interesting. 🤔 Sounds like the writer might be spending a wee bit too much time watching the “news”. Or having a bad day/week/month/year/decade. “Shoot your television”.
Garvin Evatt - June 27, 2022 4:59 am
Sean, I’m 79 and I have lived in a couple of foreign countries. I have visited several others. I believe that my age and experience give me a little perspective. With all that’s going on in America right now one could think, “Our country sucks.” If it sucks, it sucks way less than any other country. Thank you for documenting the good that you see.
Norma Williams - June 27, 2022 5:05 am
Poor lady, what a sad life she must have. Personally I love to hear both sides of the story and make my own decision, but then, I am old and have learned from the school of hard knocks. Keep letting your light shine, that others like her may one day see God through you.
Leah - June 27, 2022 5:06 am
Well, this column and your previous column (some of the comments therein, I mean) surely needs a large dose of prayer…so I’m on it. May your heart be encouraged by the positive comments, comforted by the love that pours out from those that have been blessed by your unique perspective, and protected from the vitriol that stems from hearts that have been harmed in this world. May each and every reader treat you as they would wish to be treated. And please don’t shut the blankety blank up. Be brave. Be bold. Be filled with the Spirit. 💗
Jennifer Audette - June 27, 2022 5:14 am
It’s the negative attitudes that need to shut up. Thanks for being a light Sean!
Randall Kemp - June 27, 2022 5:15 am
I love your columns. That letter is a thumbs up in this way, if you’re not getting some substantial complaints than you’re not doing anything good.
Fay Reid - June 27, 2022 5:15 am
Sean, please don’t let “one” of the huge problems of our country (world) chastise you into thinking even a tiny bit that you don’t try to show the bright side of things, places, people and all the wonders of places many of us will never see. I’m just an 82 year old lady who can relate to the many references of potluck church dinners, the way my three grown children used to be able to go all around our neighborhood playing til bedtime. Now they all live away, don’t see them much and your wonderful humor and sweet stories of giving credit where credit is due is what gets me through many days. I’m truly blessed to be in great health, can still do my own work and have a truly amazing testimony to how angels or God was in my seat in 2015 in a most horrific single car wreck during a three hour drive home from seeing my oldest granddaughter graduate college. I was so sleep deprived from taking care af a husband with Alzheimer’s. I am truly a walking miracle!! So please continue, as you always do, with your wonderful funny, sometimes sad but always life lifting stories and humor. Thank you so much.
KiKi in Texas - June 27, 2022 5:17 am
Sean, I need your words, your thoughts. I have been battling a cancer that few survive(1%)for the last six months. I hope that bitter person doesn’t reach the end of their life still thinking of not seeing beauty and love around them.
Your heart is open to see. What you have been given is a gift and you use it well to help others. As I sit day by day thinking about the end of my life I don’t want the negative. I want to read and see the things you so beautifully expressed.
Why let that bitter person stop what the rest of us look forward to? What would Mother Mary tell you? Encourage others as she did.
I need you. We need you. We need hope. That is what you give.
Bobby - June 27, 2022 1:26 pm
I have been a fan of Sean’s for several years. I correspond with him and his wife Jamie occasionally and have met them at a couple of his speaking events. They are a delightful couple. I start every day with his column. You are so right KiKi. Sean was blessed with a gift and many of us are thankful for his daily sharing. Our world is full of beauty. All we have to do is open our eyes, ears, and our heart. It is especially meaningful to those facing life challenges, such as yourself. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Toni - June 27, 2022 5:22 am
Wow, you took some heat on your last post. Glad to see you take it well, my friend. A good lesson for all of us.
Jordan - June 27, 2022 5:33 am
thanks for last article Sean. it was very encouraging. don’t lose hope because of the all the misguided haters
Dean - June 27, 2022 5:35 am
Wow, you upset one of those people. You know, those people that are against anything that makes sense. As always, we will shrug our shoulders and go back to work.
Let their hearts bleed, their electric cars shine and their unearned wealth be theirs. I love them as I and was taugh by my hard working parents. They will shut up someday?
Keep up the good work! It’s a living and you are really good at it. Those of us who go home after a solid days work with dirty clothes, a small paycheck and a family who depends on us will keep reading you stuff. We actually appreciate you!
LeAnn - June 27, 2022 5:35 am
Or not please
Angela Callahan - June 27, 2022 5:40 am
Dear Sean, I don’t know who that idiot is but you are better off without them. I am certain many other folks will join me in saying God Bless you and Jamie and we are so grateful and blessed to receive your words every day. We think there is still plenty to be happy about in this country and we are still proud to be fortunate enough to live here.
Megan - June 27, 2022 5:46 am
Don’t shut up, Sean. Keep giving us this great content.
Sharon - June 27, 2022 5:53 am
Don’t you dare believe that person’s comment!!! I absolutely LOVE your column!!!! I read you first thing every morning and YOU ALWAYS GIVE ME HOPE. Hope is powerful and we all need more of it. Please don’t ever stop inspiring us by constantly looking for what’s good, beautiful, right, etc …… you live out Philippians 4:8 every day. THANK YOU for that, Sean. I mean it -> THANK YOU.
Beverly Smiley - June 27, 2022 5:53 am
If you dot have something nice to say, shut up! Haters go away! I love your column and negative people should not matter. It’s uncalled for and a waste of your time to give credence to it!! You keep doing you because you are special!
Robyn - June 27, 2022 6:09 am
Florence Bishop - June 27, 2022 6:10 am
Thank you for your fantastic Sunday column. It was just what we all need to realize, to think about, to be grateful for. A great example of why I read your column first thing every morning. Keep up the good work.
Thames Robinson - June 27, 2022 6:11 am
Love you friend.
Debbie g - June 27, 2022 6:12 am
Love you Sean I’m happy that all the people in the world are not haters.
Keep up the good work for us
You are my encouragement each day
Love you and Jamie and love to us all
reader from canada - June 27, 2022 6:35 am
Dear Sean. Please don’t stop writing. This world is full of things and people who don’t suck. Even if I’m Canadian and think Americans are a wee bit crazy… don’t get me wrong, we do love them! But reading your articles every morning is a great way to starting my day! It’s at least one positive way to start off with! I don’t understand why people feel the need to pass judgment on something that can in no way affect them. If you don’t like, don’t read it. Simple as that! No one is forcing you to read something cheerful and up building. Sorry.
Steve Winfield (lifer) - June 27, 2022 6:41 am
So all of us that truly love him must just be off our rockers completely, huh?
Sean is a bright light in otherwise dark days & we can’t wait to see what he has to say next.
You should read a few of his books. Maybe you’d begin to understand him a little better.
Keep on doing exactly what you do Sean. There’s a gazillion of us that can’t wait to see what you’ll have to say next.
With deepest love from Birmingham & all over.
I’m a SOTS lifer & damn proud of it.
We got your back brother. Always have. Always will.
Chasity Davis Ritter - June 27, 2022 2:47 pm
Steve Winfield… bless you Sir. Yes SOTS lifer!! Me too.
Steve Winfield (lifer) - June 27, 2022 6:55 am
Well, well, well. Another sour puss looking for a place to complain.
Well you found it buddy.
Guess what? We don’t care. We’re happy. Sean’s happy. Jamie’s happy. The dogs are too.
Sorry you ain’t cause it feels so right.
Feels so right.
Harriet White - June 27, 2022 12:16 pm
Sean, I’ve been reading your posts everyday for the past 3 years. I’ve gone through your archives and read all of those too. I love them all!! God pens your words every day. We see God in you Sean. Please just step back, take a breath and write one more column. One column at a time. I’m sure Lewis Grizzard got some whammies too. Keep on writing it’s your job. Don’t quit. I adore you ❤️❤️
Amanda McKinley - June 28, 2022 6:50 pm
Love this. I second all of it!
Kathy Carter Drok - June 27, 2022 6:56 am
I love your writing. I love your heart. I love your optimism and your never ending search for the light. You’re my comforting bedtime story at the end of a long day. Sometimes your words put tears in my eyes but your compassion speaks to my soul as we travel this human experience in a strange and beautiful, yet sometimes difficult and heartbreaking world, together. I’m another Canadian friend sending great love to you Sean ❤️
Sharon Allemang - June 27, 2022 6:57 am
I enjoy all your writings♥️ Do not stop what you do as I read you first thing every morning!! Your positivity and realism is what we all need more of!! Keep it coming♥️
Lynn - June 27, 2022 6:58 am
While I think there are some serious problems in America that need to be addressed, I also think it does no harm to point out the good things we have left. There will always be nay-sayers, pessimists, people who even think of themselves as ‘realists’, but that doesn’t cancel the fact that there is still a lot of good around. There are good people doing good things in sometimes hellacious situations, just because those things need to be done. I appreciate you pointing those people and things out to us.
A steady diet of what passes for news these days is enough to make anyone snap. It’s a good idea to take a little time to appreciate the good things that do still exist. And it doesn’t hurt anything to do your best to add to the list of people who are trying to do good things by becoming one of them. It’s much too easy to stand on the sidelines and hurl filth at people who are trying to make a difference. Those are the ones I try to ignore. There’s no sense in making a bad situation worse. But there is much to be said for sticking your neck out to try to make your little corner of the world a better place.
No, we cannot fix all that is wrong with the country, or with our state, or with our county, or with our town, or even with our neighborhood. But we can work on fixing what comes our way. If everyone were willing to do that, then most problems would soon not be quite so bad, and sometimes, those problems would just cease to exist. There are folks around who are doing that very thing. And you’re one of them.
So, please, do not even consider shutting up. Don’t you dare! Don’t give in to the nay-sayers just because they are loud and unruly and demanding. Stand your ground. Continue to do what you do best — hold up the mirror so we can see ourselves a bit more clearly.
Bonnie - June 27, 2022 7:18 am
I just found you a few weeks ago on Facebook and believe with my whole heart that you were sent to me from God. My life has been a complete mess, and through your stories I am finding peace again in the little, easy things. Thank you thank you, thank you for sharing and don’t ever forget how precious you are. 🙏🙏🙏
chrisswain - June 27, 2022 7:29 am
I’d hate to be doing my laundry in the same laundromat as her.
Martha D. - June 27, 2022 4:31 pm
As a person who lived in an apartment for years and used the laundromat, this made me laugh out loud at the breakfast table. So true—😸😎
Amanda McKinley - June 28, 2022 6:55 pm
Me too! Hilarious!!!!
Karen - June 27, 2022 7:29 am
Well, certainly saved you some time this morning. Perhaps this unfortunate misery should travel more. Everyone has challenges but few have anything close to the opportunities we have in the USA.
Brenda Turner-Griffin - June 27, 2022 7:36 am
I disagree! I continue to believe that there is more good in this world than there is bad. I believe that we have much more in common with each other than we have differences. I believe that many of us are trying to create the best versions of ourselves so we can continue to make world a getter place. I believe that you are one God’s chosen messengers and I thank you for your words.
🇿🇦🇿🇦 Norma Den - June 27, 2022 7:58 am
🇿🇦🇿🇦Good morning from South Africa. Wow what a slap in the face that was. As is said in Proverbs “ A soft answer, turneth away wrath”. Prayers for the angry people. I read you column yesterday & felt HOPE. We live in sad times, all over the world, but it’s up to us to decide whether to join the losers or rise above. The sun will shine, the sky will be blue, flowers & trees will bloom, we awoke this morning, all massive things to be grateful for. Keep smiling Sean, forgive & forget the nasty people. You gave me HOPE in a far flung country with all its woes. God bless you. ❤️
Ed (Bear) - June 27, 2022 8:07 am
There are two basic human mindsets. Those that are healing and those that need healing. Your writings are of the healing kind. My family and friends love you. Please Keep Moving Forward!
Jana - June 27, 2022 8:26 am
Diane D Clayton - June 27, 2022 8:34 am
That writer must have been having digestive problems. Keep up your good work. We love you. <3
Andy Smith - June 27, 2022 8:48 am
Wow. Sorry you got that letter. I disagree. I enjoy reading your column. One thing I like about you Sean is that you are humble, you don’t think too highly of yourself. You are very observant. I am a male and I think most of us are non observant. I oftentimes make the mistake of not noticing when my wife gets her hair done. That’s not good. But you are able to notice things and remember them to be able to write about them. Our country does seem to be at a bad place. But as you say there are a LOT of good things about the USA and MANY good things going on if you will take the time to notice. That is what you do for us your readers. You put things in a good context. I cannot imagine writing an article every single day. I’m sure there are days when that is very hard to do. But please keep up the good work. I enjoy it. Have a great day!
Andy in Winston-Salem NC
Ann - June 27, 2022 8:50 am
In the words of the great Taylor Swift, “Shake it off, Shake it off.” ❤️
Michael and Sandra Lauer - June 27, 2022 9:09 am
Please ignore that last post you received! Not all of us agree with that person. We need you in our lives.
Cathi - June 27, 2022 9:13 am
I would have added “I will if you will”
Karen Schmidt - June 27, 2022 9:15 am
Today’s my 70th birthday, I read your column every day, please don’t ever stop, especially today❤️
Jennifer Covella - June 27, 2022 9:22 am
Wow. I’m just ….. at a loss, One thing I will agree on is that, yes, things suck in our country. But, we have been through the ringer time and time again and guess what? We’re still here. And we are here because we have one specific super power… resiliency. To have that means we need and thrive on pushing forward. Do negativity and harsh words do that? Help us move forward? NOPE. Stories and writing from people like Sean help HEAL. HEAL. Look the meaning of HEAL up. Right now. Do it. It’s what we need, exponentially. And this is what people like Sean provide. But because of your completely frustrated and blameful email…. We were left with SILENCE from one of the most amazing and uplifting story tellers that so many of us depend on to bring a sense of calm and love to this chaos. So BEFORE anyone fires off another frustrated email, basically pooping on an amazing human that helps the rest of the 99.9% of us that look forward to each and every one of his stories and insights…. CHECK YOURSELF. Take your frustrations out on your Senators, Congress, Federal Government, local government… or others that can actually (supposedly) Force change. Stop putting it on those who are trying to give us hope and peace in uncertain times. LOVE, ME.
Te - June 27, 2022 10:22 am
Bravo! Well said.
Susie - June 27, 2022 2:05 pm
Yes, Jennifer, we need to be taking this out on our senators Congress federal government local government by voting. Get the vote out. Get the haters out of office the ones that supported the last president six years ago Who promoted hate spewed hate every day day in and day out and the ones who are still defending him to this very day. It is obvious they are not watching the hearings, if they were paying attention they would realize he lied to them and is STILL promoting The big lie. If you we’re watching the hearings you realize that most of the witnesses were Donald Trump’s top men and NOT Democrats,And then all of them told him over and over again before January 6 that, indeed, he had lost the election. If you were not aware of this fact that most of these witnesses during these hearings are Republicans telling all of us what Donald Trump knew before January 6 then you are not paying attention.
Susie - June 27, 2022 2:13 pm
AND…… if any of you out there sent money to Donald Trump while he was promoting the big lie and telling you that the money would go toward finding out the truth of the election after he knew he had lost, then if you can prove somehow or have a record of that you sent him money, hold onto that evidence because eventually he may have to pay you back. They are going after him for raising money under false pretenses and wire fraud. So if you send him money and have proof don’t lose that proof yet.
Susie - June 27, 2022 2:17 pm
Also, while I am on a roll, if you have not been watching the hearings, I encourage you to google on YouTube or whatever media site, the testimony of the two poll workers, amother and daughter, that were harassed by none other than Donald Trump himself and Rudy Giuliani himself. Their testimony is heartbreaking and if you watch that I think you might draw the same conclusion. you really do need to hear what they went through. It’s the 21 minute testimony, I believe.
Susie - June 27, 2022 2:29 pm
Actually it was more than harassment it was actual threats and I think you will hear that if you listen to the testimony.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:26 am
Right on Susie!
Ann Thompson - June 27, 2022 9:24 am
Please don’t. Shut up that is.
Mary Moore - June 27, 2022 9:28 am
So many of the blogs that come to my email every day are very depressing so I look forward to yours because I know that it will be uplifting. Please keep writing what you write.
Diana Drain - June 27, 2022 9:33 am
Well done Sean
Jerri McCreless - June 27, 2022 9:43 am
You are helping us cope. Please don’t stop writing with you positive thoughts Americans need that more than ever. Thanks for helping us.
Linda M - June 27, 2022 9:44 am
A wise aged woman once told me to write it down, put it away until the next day, reread and then decide if those are the words you want to represent you. This writer should follow that advice unless they are really that bitter, hateful and hurtful. Please don’t stop! I look forward to reading your blog every morning. I reflect on your writings throughout the day and find them fun and encouraging.
Amy - June 27, 2022 9:46 am
My heart breaks for this country and how divided we have become. Your column reminded me of the beauty and the joy that comes from remembering the simple things in life. And yes, the TV is broken. It’s number one goal is to keep us in a heightened state of anxiety so we will watch even more.
Dana Everhart - June 27, 2022 9:52 am
I appreciate your positive spirit and word. You are wise and thoughtful. There are many days I think this country and even the church suck. But you allowed the presence of God to speak through you and touch my heart. Thank you for helping an old preacher be renewed in heart and soul. Don’t shut up !! For you are the voice of the rocks crying out in the wilderness, the way of the Lord. I’m sorry for the words of my fellow human being. May God have mercy on us all.
Jocelyn - June 27, 2022 9:53 am
All great writers have naysayers. Keep on writing as you are not alone in your thoughts and your presentation of free speech is appreciated by many. No doubt the good ole USA is facing some turbulent times. We have in the past and will in the future that much is certain. But hey at least we have the freedom to have a voice and that is the most important theory to promote. Cheers.
Susan Sanders - June 27, 2022 9:54 am
Sean- Can I just say that as a fairly new reader on your daily blog, I can’t even begin to agree with this person.
I wake each day and read my Bible and then your blog. Your words inspire me and encourage me to find the “stories” all around me, to pay attention to the simple people with profound truth tucked inside, to mine the purpose God has put me on this planet.
Even the person that wrote this has a story. I kinda wonder how he really feels.🤣
Pat Thomason - June 27, 2022 9:59 am
Hate like that vitriolic letter was written by a very angry and defeated person. There are some mental issues afflicting that woman too, I believe. “Okay” was a perfect answer. You can’t fix what you didn’t break.
Karen Liner Perry - June 27, 2022 10:04 am
Thank you for the positivity that your writing brings to my day. The person that wrote that letter is bitter, miserable & should be ignored. They lash out at others in order to feel better about themself.
Diana - June 27, 2022 10:08 am
Wow. So sad. I do not agree. Keep doing what you do, Sean. I think you are beautiful!
Morton Vice - June 27, 2022 10:09 am
I wouldn’t worry about jerk readers. Many people are idiots and no nothing about history or the constitution. There only interest and knowledge is so limited that I’m surprised they read. It’s a good thing your column is on our phones or most of us would never see it. Another phone person with problems they can’t fix because they can’t google it… Rock on Sean! All good in Pensacola Florida.
ramblinritz - June 27, 2022 10:13 am
some people are glass half empty, some are glass half full, but you are a “happy to have a glass” kind of guy. I love it, keep doing what you’re doing.
Diana - June 27, 2022 10:14 am
Sounds like someone was having a bad year and took it out on you Sean. Your column is the first thing I read every morning because it starts my day out a smile. You just keep writing!
James B. Lanier - June 27, 2022 10:14 am
Negative people, negative thoughts, negative comments, miserable life. Usually find and fulfill one’s expectations. I’ll take the sunshine and blue skies any day! I enjoy your musings; keep up the good work.
Christine Twiss - June 27, 2022 10:15 am
Dear Sean, there are so many bullies out there and the sad thing is, they think that is ok. I am sorry you received this letter. You are a bright spot in my day. We can get bad news everywhere. We don’t read we your column for bad news. We read it for good news. Please don’t stop writing. Be funny, share your kind heart, be real, be Sean! We love you!
Dale Edwards - June 27, 2022 10:17 am
Keep up the good work Sean. You give hope and a new perspective on life when there’s only negative outlooks. I appreciate your work. Every morning I read a devotional and then your blog. I’ve even printed some and used as I minister to women who have been abused. Good job!
Cathie Fowler - June 27, 2022 10:19 am
Don’t listen to that cranky, humorless comment/person. I look forward to your emails every day and enjoy reading your comments and spin on life. Looking forward to your new book as well. Have a wonderful day! You are loved…
Nell - June 27, 2022 10:21 am
Hey Sean, Good Moring from Texas! Thank you for all the words you give to us EVERYDAY, your readers. Love and Prayers daily for Jaime, AWESOME Dogs and You!
Sandra Mattucci - June 27, 2022 10:22 am
Your words to/for my Soul are like a NEW song!
Please continue singing your tune…no one else can share what IS yours to gift this blessed world we live within!
Janet Hicks - June 27, 2022 10:26 am
Thank you for being brave enough to post this rant. I sure wouldn’t want to live near this guy, and I feel bad for those who do!
dizzy50dianne - June 27, 2022 10:26 am
Sean. The world does NOT suck! IMHO … you write MY heart. And, this person that was so ugly about your last column … may God change his heart. There’s a quote: “Haters are like crickets. They make a lot of racket but when you walk up to them, they get quiet.”
Kim H. - June 27, 2022 10:27 am
Just blow off that person, and shine it on! I COMPLETELY disagree with what they said, like so many others. And I echo what some of the others said – your daily emails are one of the “devotions” I read every morning. PLEASE DON’T STOP. With much love, from my heart to yours. ❤️
Bryan D Stroud - June 27, 2022 10:29 am
Pfft! If it weren’t for things like the Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, the legacy of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and the wonderful slice of life things you share, there’d be precious little to enjoy of the written word these days. Carry on, friend. Carry on.
LauraD - June 27, 2022 10:30 am
I think someone did not have quite enough coffee. Keep on looking at the bright side, there are enough people looking at the dark side.
Marion - June 27, 2022 10:31 am
Pray for him/her.
Mary M Smith - June 27, 2022 10:32 am
First, did someone REALLY write that letter to you? If so, they should be ashamed of themselves!!! Unbelievable!!!
I do believe there are a lot of wounded, angry, out-of-control people in this world. But I do not believe they are in the majority!!! For every person murdered in senseless violence there were at least 10 people delivering meals on wheels or mowing someone’s lawn as a kindness or helping with diapers for a baby or… for the rest of this list I read your column!!!
So, please DO NOT STOP! We need to be reminded and encouraging stories told about the multitude of good still here. Yes, evil exists, but the goodness of God lived through good people needs to be proclaimed!!! THANK YOU and please Keep On Keeping On!
Native Alabamian transplanted to NC,
Steve - June 27, 2022 10:33 am
Sounds like someone wanted a puppy for their birthday and got a potato peeler instead.
Dee - June 27, 2022 10:35 am
Oh my, bless his heart. Love you dear friend.
N E V E R S T O P !!!
Deborah Moon - June 27, 2022 10:40 am
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. There are many issues facing our country, BUT, this is still the greatest country in the world. If you just focus on all that is negative, that’s all you see. If you reframe your focus of the whole, you will see all the good that is present in our country, and as Sean has written, there is a lot of good. So, we have a choice to either focus on the good or focus on the negative. Only focusing on the negative will cause you to “suck” too. As I like to call people who spew negativity, you become a joy sucker that just sucks joy right out of you. Is your c hi oice.
Beth Wannamaker - June 27, 2022 10:42 am
I agree 250% with most of the comments ahead of mine!! PLEASE don’t shut up!! Yes, our country has A LOT of problems and we do seem to be heading down a dark road many times, but I think that there are still more good people than bad and more good things out there than bad. Yes, you have to open your eyes and look to see them, but that’s why you turn off your television and don’t listen to the news media. Those are NOT the places to find sunshine and hope!! Thank you for writing the good stories – the positive side – the uplifting blogs – for finding and reporting the overlooked and unseen goodness that is out there and showing every day beauty.
Marcia - June 27, 2022 10:44 am
Dear Sean, Your columns (and books) remind me that the negative, miserable people who dominate social media are only one facet of our society. I agree that there are many problems to be addressed. There are many woes. But you remind us that there is more. You remind us that there are good reasons to wake up each morning with joy. Please don’t stop. I believe that one day you will be given insight into all the lives you have saved and enriched with your words. I hope that in this moment you have enough insight of your influence that you are able to continue to spread your joy to those who thirst for it. With love.
Marianne Bryan - June 27, 2022 10:45 am
Please do not allow this negativity to cause you to stop sharing the good you see with those of us who need it to retain our hope …. We still believe in humans with hearts for others.
Cathy Rodeffer - June 27, 2022 10:46 am
I look so forward to your words every morning, please continue your writing. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.
jill - June 27, 2022 10:48 am
What makes the United States the country it is, is it’s freedom. When you try and shut up one freedom you will end up with none. Keep on writing, people need what you have to give, and this country needs more freedom and less government and less indoctrination to the “One” thought, idea. Thanks Sean.
Te - June 27, 2022 10:48 am
It’s not surprising that you receive hateful messages. A good part of the world is deep into global mental depressions, and people who have succumbed to the MSM, toxic jabs, oncoming financial collapse and political psychosis, well, they’re gonna lash out. Sorry it had to be you, and you just getting over the flu. (I hope Jaimie didn’t catch it, too!) Makes me think the writer is about 12 yrs old, emotionally. Such vitrupritive eruptions are exactly the outpouring of Evil. If the writer thought to influence anyone, he’s miscalculated on a massive scale. (That could have been my first sentence, but I’m a wordy person!) Your daily column is a voice of sanity in these times, and MY day would be diminished without it, and the world would be darker. We will all pray for him — and you. (That ought to irritate him even more!)
DENNIS BLAKE - June 27, 2022 10:48 am
Keep it up Sean! Yes, there is a lot of bad going on in America right now. BUT, we need to be reminded of the uniqueness of America and how beautiful and GREAT it still is. Thank you for bringing back some great memories and reminding me how lucky I am to be here. God bless you.
Ron - June 27, 2022 10:49 am
Wow! I think that person and people like that are what’s wrong in this country.
Phil - June 27, 2022 10:50 am
You are an inspiration Sean. I HEART AMERICA. Enough said.
Ladson Golden - June 27, 2022 10:54 am
Ignore the woman that sent you the scathing comment about your Sunday column. She is part of the problem and not part of the solution…and she doesn’t have a clue.
I thought it was spot on.
Michael Dale Milita - June 27, 2022 10:56 am
Sean, I only pass on this paraphrased definition…
“The United States of American’s version of a Republic operating in a democratic manner (please note the non-capital “d”) may one day prove out to be the worst form of government, except when compared to all the others. I say to those that say we suck, thank God that they have they open right to speak that way. No Sean we don’t suck we just are hitting a few bumps in the hind-end of democracy. God Bless you and Jamie.
kristiknits - June 27, 2022 10:57 am
Pray on. Please know I am praying for you dear Sean- and your precious wife.
Opposite of nasty - June 27, 2022 10:57 am
And the nasty continue to be nasty. Doesn’t seem like that person has done a bleeping thing to make the country a better place. A talker, not a doer. Tsk. Tsk.
Wendell Sasser - June 27, 2022 10:58 am
It’s like the age old question of is the glass half full or half empty.
The answer is it is FULL. Half is the liquid and the other half is air. Society forgets the air(good) is present and simply focus on the (liquid) what is easily seen and presented on social media or network propaganda masquerading as news.
Your writing for the most part focuses on the good in society.
Keep up the good work I need to be encouraged.
Braxton Usher - June 27, 2022 11:00 am
Don’t you dare!!! There is a little script under this that says unsubscribe. Easy to use. Anyone sharing that asshole woman’s opinion is welcome to use it. If they want to correct the path they feel is so bad, clear the corruption from Washington.
Debbie - June 27, 2022 11:06 am
Well, SOMEone got up on the wrong side of the bed…….!
Debbie Schmidt - June 27, 2022 11:09 am
“To those whom much is given, much is expected” so carry on Sean. I’m sorry being on the front lines of the battle is hurtful some days and I am thankful you feel and speak differently than “Dear Friend”.
Sara Shaver - June 27, 2022 11:09 am
You are just what our country needs! Keep writing
Donna Rotenberry - June 27, 2022 11:10 am
I hope this is a joke or a comment on the blindness of some of our fellow citizens, because I very much get your writings and would be miserable with the humor and insight you show.
Roger - June 27, 2022 11:10 am
I had to go back and read yesterday, figuring I’d missed something. I didn’t.
Haters gonna hate.
I very much appreciate you. Your email is part of my morning routine… two devotionals to which I subscribe, and then conclude with Sean… while drinking coffee on my porch looking at Lake Martin.
Great way to start the day!
Much obliged for what you do!
Sandy Nicholson - June 27, 2022 11:11 am
Sean, Don’t you ever stop your columns. The make my day. We all love and appreciate you. God bless.
Sissy Lingle - June 27, 2022 11:11 am
What!!???? you just gave in to that stinker? Or were you just feeling ill? Maybe you just wanted your loyal readers to respond for you? I know you don’t agree with him, but your ending made me sad. We both know there is more good in this country than bad. Looking forward to a better column tonight or tomorrow. Have a Sean day today!
Allen - June 27, 2022 11:13 am
Sounds like one of your readers lives in a shell. My many years of military service, (and millions before me) guarantees their freedom of speech, even if they are wrong! If the writer is so unhappy with your columns he/she can simply “unsubscribe”.
Keep up the good work👍
Susan Kennedy - June 27, 2022 11:15 am
Sean..you are loved. You are a gift to us for such a time as this. Paul, inspired by God, said “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things.”
That is what you do. That is what people need.
Never met you, but I have learned to love you and Jamie and those fur babies. Don’t ever stop. Ever. 💙
Danielle - June 27, 2022 11:16 am
I normally do not read comments on blogs, but after your post this morning, I read through the comments from yesterday. All I can say is there are a lot of angry, hurting people out there. It seems they are out to pick fights and just disagree with everyone in general. Why they had to argue with you and others who commented on your blog, I don’t know. They don’t want to hear anything religious, but everyone better sit up and listen to their hate. I will never understand. Thank you for sharing with the world, in spite of those who tell you to shut up.
Betty - June 27, 2022 11:17 am
Dear Sean, do not shut up. We have enough negative, painful events in life and l appreciate your kind, compassionate spirit.
Jim Little - June 27, 2022 11:18 am
Wise reply. You can’t argue with a fool or make a deal with the devil. Now, keep up the good work. You help us more than you’ll ever know.
ALLEN - June 27, 2022 11:21 am
There’s a time for everything, so if you need to be quiet and take a break, I understand. But if you quit writing, I will hunt you down and beat you with a stick. Well, not really, but I knew you would understand that phrase. I will hunt you down and we will have a come to Jesus meeting and you will probably wish
for that stick. I bet someone else has said that to you! You KNOW there is writing and there is writing and there is writing. Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. Yours begs to be heard because you articulate what we are feeling .and observing and sometimes we even and notice and think for ourselves. Your letter writer will ultimately fail at the stated mission, because unlike you, that person has LOST the art of gentle persuasion.
Becky Thomas - June 27, 2022 11:21 am
For God’s sake, don’t shut up. We need to be reminded of the good. We need to focus on what blessings we have. If you have ever traveled outside of the US you know the truth!! America is still the greatest country on the planet. God bless you, people who use profanity don’t really have much to say.
Patricia - June 27, 2022 11:22 am
Sean, you are not losing your readers. We need people who will remind us of the good in people, in our country, in the world. I have been an English teacher for 43 years of my life; you write with style, with a clear voice—a voice that we need. Thank you.
Patricia Collins - June 27, 2022 11:22 am
Sean, All I can say is there a lot of mean people in this world and they want to blame anyone for anything except the right person. Just because they don’t like something they don’t have to go to extremes and be down right filthy mouthed about it. It just shows their character.
I like your column and so do ALOT of others. Carry on and chalk that come to above to a person with anger issues !!
trigger warning - June 27, 2022 11:22 am
Keep up the good work, brother.
Kelly Marks - June 27, 2022 11:22 am
Maybe if the US does suck it’s because of mean-spirited folks such as that delightful contributor??
Sharon Mondragon - June 27, 2022 11:23 am
Please keep reminding us of the real and down to earth people of the places you visit all over this country. Please do not be silent about the goodness you encounter. We need you!
Denise - June 27, 2022 11:23 am
Don’t pay any attention to that. Keep on doing what you’re doing. We all need to be reminded of the good. The bad is obvious enough keep the faith, Sean. We need you
Trudy - June 27, 2022 11:24 am
I think this miserable woman should go vacation in Iraq this summer. I feel sure your readers would donate to her vacation fund.
Kelly - June 27, 2022 1:58 pm
Absolutely! And take NEOWOLF or whatever the heck that crazy’s name is with her, too. One-way ticket.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 2:38 am
Kelly, why don’t you try and make me! And for the record, my name is a representation of my Nordic heritage and beliefs, the very beliefs the 1A entities me to have as equally as your beliefs to be a Christian piece of crap with a gay god!
Shannon Moore - June 27, 2022 2:12 pm
I would, and gladly!
maggierowe - June 27, 2022 11:24 am
Sean, like countless others, I love your column. With all the ugliness out there, we need truth-tellers who remind us to look for the good in others. And anyone who doesn’t think you tackle the tough stuff obviously doesn’t read your posts often enough. Don’t let the haters get you down. Signed, 69 year old grandma
Irene Catlin - June 27, 2022 11:24 am
That’s just her opinion. You can’t please everyone. I know that and you should too.
Don’t change Sean. Your writing is beautiful. It’s funny and its meaningful to me and to so many who read you.
If she thinks America sucks, well she has two choices;.do something to change it or leave.
I’m personally feed up with all the nay sayers and downers. Your column points out the good.things, people helping others. The beautiful things in life, a sunrise, a flower and good dog. You column makes me smile, sometimes even laugh out loud. Its part of my mornings.
I say again, don’t change, Sean.
Irene from Bedford, VA
Joyce Basse - June 27, 2022 11:25 am
Wow! That person must have really been having a bad day! Just keep doing what you’re doing Sean.
Melody - June 27, 2022 11:25 am
Sean. If u have lost any faithful readers I want you to know I am a new faithful reader. My sister told me about you and I enjoy reading your column every morning. Only you have your perspective because of your journey. Share it!!
Dede - June 27, 2022 11:26 am
Sean, I don’t always agree with you 100%, but I believe in your good heart and love your positivity. I enjoy receiving your emails every day. That person must really be in pain. I think we should pity them and hope things turn around for them.
Keep writing. Many of us do care about what you have to say.
John R - June 27, 2022 11:26 am
Don’t sweat these people, Sean. They are angry and miserable and they just want to spread the poison in their hearts around. I subscribe to and read your column as an escape from people like this. To remind me every day that this country and this world are NOT these people and that, very quietly, there is still much good being done.
Don’t shut up, sir. Get louder. We need it.
pdjpop - June 27, 2022 11:27 am
Somebody watches WAY too much tv news! Or maybe they live in a lawless state.
Oh, I guess there are several reasons this “critic” is hell bent on tearing down hope and happiness…. Good will and joy. But Sean will not be deterred.
You’ve got class, Sean. As a coach, I told my kids, “Show your class, not your ass.”
Thanks for loving us with your message.
Oh, and thanks to Ed(Bear), perfect response.
Phil (Pete Moss)
Jean Merritt - June 27, 2022 11:28 am
Ignore those hateful comments. You’re one of the good guys!
Cheryl Newsome - June 27, 2022 11:29 am
So, we’re all suppose to be bitter and negative and hateful like this person–and that will fix things? Keep on keepin’ on, Sean. I love reading what you write.
Gayle Marshall - June 27, 2022 11:29 am
A graceful, tasteful response.
Tami Sawyer - June 27, 2022 11:31 am
Someone needs one of your hugs!
Patricia Collins - June 27, 2022 11:32 am
I hope that is a sarcastic remark ! Otherwise we have a nut amongst us
tmitsss - June 27, 2022 11:32 am
Jane Stovall Yearwood - June 27, 2022 11:33 am
Thank you, you make my day!
Pat - June 27, 2022 11:34 am
Dont let letters like that hurt your feelings.
God blessed our country and we should always be grateful everyday. He will make all things right.
We should listen to God speaking to us not the television!😊
Bonnie Stewart - June 27, 2022 11:35 am
Sean: I LOVE your writings and look forward to them every single day. The person who wrote that terrible post is nuts. Tell them they have the ultimate choice–instead of listening to you, they can always watch CNN for their daily dose of negativity!
Michele Beaty - June 27, 2022 11:35 am
It’s easy to read/hear what’s wrong with our country by opening any newspaper or listening to any news. You are who l go to for all that is right with our country. Thank you for balancing the negative with positive.
Ronbo - June 27, 2022 11:36 am
Keep it up. These jerks are not forced to read and they are the real problem. It is a shame they need to leave but won’t. Keep it up. Ronbo
Eshanne - June 27, 2022 11:39 am
I get it. People really need to be heard and have their experience validated, especially if they have experienced a trauma. This country has been a bit trauma producing, for some more than others. There is also this little psychological principal called projection. When people are angry and finger pointing, it’s usually about them. I really hope this person gets heard and seen and loved and helped in their lives and shown another way. Lots of people lash out if that’s what they’ve been taught to do. That doesn’t make it right or NICE. This country and its people are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen or experienced. I feel awfully bad for this human that they don’t know that deep in their bones. I hope that all the majesty that is, lands on their house and fill them with the beauty that is humanity and this land.
Amanda Rose - June 27, 2022 11:40 am
Dolores Parkinson - June 27, 2022 11:42 am
It IS a wonderful life…if you make it so! The late JFK’s statement is apt with anything you care to plug in. For example on marriage, ask not what your spouse can do for you, but what you can do for your spouse. Remember when you were first in love? This was a piece of cake then, don’t lose it! Now sub the word spouse with life. See, Jack was right, the ball is always in your court. And so it is with our country.
God’s economy of servitude goes against our selfish human nature. John 3:16. That’s where you earn meaningful rewards. I know it seems backward but that’s the secret. People confuse being subservient (forced) with willing service (out of love and gratitude), mainly because of ego. Brush that nasty guy away because that’s where the real fight is. Suddenly kindness, gentleness and peace emerge and your marriage, life and yes, even your country are transformed.
In this life we will still face and see struggles and hardships. The serenity prayer helps, do what you can and trust God for the other.
I recommend a book called “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. It’ll help to free you from the trap of offense. You CAN disagree with folks and keep your peace. You are not required to hate those you disagree with, in fact the Beatitudes tells us quite the opposite.
Joy Buff - June 27, 2022 11:43 am
Wow. The hatred. I”m always encouraged by your writing and ability to see the good even in a broken world.
Mary Ann - June 27, 2022 11:43 am
Anyone who would send you comments like that is very, very angry and unhappy, which is indeed symptomatic of the current atmosphere in our country. I find it incredibly sad and scary.
So you keep on reminding us that the United States is currently down but not out. We all need to look at our own attitudes and how we are affecting the current political climate.
God help us all!
Gerry Walton - June 27, 2022 11:44 am
These are the only words you need to listen to: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
Ernie in River City - June 28, 2022 1:30 am
Julie T - June 27, 2022 11:45 am
Bless their heart.
Sean, you are a light in a crazy world. Thank you for your columns and your words of wisdom. I look forward to hearing what you have to say everyday.
Carol from GA - June 27, 2022 11:46 am
Wow… someone is having a bad day! Lots of angry people out there…. and watching the news certainly exacerbates it. Why your posts are so important, it gives us HOPE and reminds us what is really important in this crazy time.
Barbara - June 27, 2022 11:47 am
Please forgive that unhappy individual and pray for peace to take over his soul.
Lauren Tipton - June 27, 2022 11:47 am
‘Blessed are the peacemakers”…. Thank you for slicing up a big fat piece of “peace pie” every single morning when I read your daily post. It’s my devotional. My time with the Lord. You help to set the tone for my whole day! Some days end as a cluster but all my days start off just beautifully.. thanks to YOU!
Ponza Vaughan - June 27, 2022 11:48 am
Dear Friend of Sean Dietrich, Every morning all of us get to make a choice. Some choose gratitude for the good in life and some choose misery for the bad in life. Everyone gets to choose.
William Nation - June 27, 2022 11:49 am
I did not think your last column was at all offensive…I liked it! For all its issues, America is still the greatest place on earth. I’ll keep reading if you keep writing!
Pam Williams - June 27, 2022 11:49 am
Wow. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed! Sean, I’m grateful for people like you who choose to look for the good things in life even in the midst of some truly tragic and difficult things. And our country is indeed in the midst of some of the park tragic and difficult things. However, this verse helps put me back on the right track and so do you and your striving to find good and positive things to dwell on. It’s truly the only way to make things better. You keep being you, Sean. Please and thank you! I hope grumpypants recovers soon.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
– Philippians 4:8
Richard Baker - June 27, 2022 11:57 am
Brenda Haley - June 27, 2022 11:52 am
I love you. I love that you write words from your heart that speaks to ours.
Martha - June 27, 2022 11:53 am
Keep writing. We love you.
Gacons - June 27, 2022 11:55 am
A few comments:
It must “suck” to be your husband.
It must “suck” to realize that even if you’re loud and obnoxious, you are still wrong!
I could agree with you – but then we’d both be wrong.
Go to Church this Sunday (even if you have to Zoom it) and you will have a better perspective.
Love your neighbor!
Richard Baker - June 27, 2022 11:55 am
Dear Sean, You know better. And I see the point of today’s post was to let THE CHURCH preach the message for you, as a demonstration that your message is solid and has taken root all over the world. Hope you are feeling better and soon will be fully recovered!
Lisa - June 27, 2022 11:56 am
Dear Sean, just want to say first of all that the person who wrote this to you does not speak for the majority of people that read your column. What you wrote in the previous column was inspiring and true and very necessary to get us back to the perspective of what really happens instead of the myopic bubble the media wants to put us in to make a few bucks.
Secondly, I feel so sad for people who rage and verbally vomit all over others because something inside of them is so broken and so sad. I pray that they heal whether by prayer or meditation or counseling. I just can’t imagine going through life and waking up every morning and pissing in the Cheerios of all those around me. I truly pray this person finds healing. Thanks for writing and inspiring.
Sam Lanham - June 27, 2022 11:56 am
Dear Sean, you don’t suck. Even when I don’t agree with you, you don’t suck. With our without expletives.
STEVE MOORE WATKINS - June 27, 2022 11:56 am
Such Love. What a sad life we all must lead.
Shirley - June 27, 2022 11:59 am
Please keep writing and writing and writing.
Love your words and who you are to all of us!!
Ralph Turner - June 27, 2022 12:00 pm
What truly sucks is, there are far too many Americans that have been raised thinking that America sucks. I hope they may, one day, see the light. Your good works remain a shining example for them. Keep it up.
Paul McCutchen - June 27, 2022 12:00 pm
It’s people like that, that keep this country divided. The easy thing for them to do, and us, is to move where they could be happy. The Arctic circle or the Antarctic circle would probably suit them. Cold and very little population for them to worry about.
Donna Hart - June 27, 2022 12:02 pm
I love your writing. Please don’t ever let a jerk stop you from living out your calling. People are just rude and angry these days. Everyone wants their own way with no regard for others’ feelings. Let thise angry words roll off and keep on blessing the rest of us with your gift.
Pete - June 27, 2022 12:02 pm
And therein lies the problem …
In the words of Wayne Dyer, “Your opinion of me is none of my business.” Write on, Sean.
Sara - June 27, 2022 12:03 pm
At first I felt angry and shocked that someone took time to write something so angry and hurtful and mean. But that is happening so much more now and we see it everywhere (thanks to social media which gives us the best and worst of what it can offer) which is why we need to seek out, highlight, remember and remind each other of the good. It’s the very medicine we have to receive and give in order to move through the darkness. And now as I read the comments, instead of anger I have sadness and pity for the person (and people) who have so much anger and hate. And I pray their hearts are softened and turned around and receive the freedom and hope that comes with that change. In the meantime, we have to have to keep loving and helping others. Thank you.
chris - June 27, 2022 12:03 pm
Life must be really tough when you loose hope. I guess at that point there is nothing but darkness of the soul. Thank you for your columns. My 89 year old parents look forward to me dropping off the pages I print for them daily
Lee Sampson - June 27, 2022 12:04 pm
Dear Sean, Haters gonna hate, because that is what gives them fuel. Lovers gonna love, because of the intense healing power they share freely. You choose love, and I do to. I’d give you a big hug right now if I could. Xo Lee
Mandy - June 27, 2022 12:05 pm
Sean just don’t even read these!!!!
Susan - June 27, 2022 12:06 pm
Please do not stop writing about the good ♥️! Your blog is one of the first things I read every morning to start my day. If the author of that letter will take the time to read all of the comments today, he/she will see that a lot of other people want/desire/need to hear about the goodness still out there! I can only take so much of listening to the news😬.
Joy Jacobs - June 27, 2022 12:07 pm
I agree with the person “This country sucks” but it’s people like them (sorry if I used incorrect pronouns) who make it so “Sucky”. Keep up the good work, you’re a bright spot in my day, mostly. 😁
Holly Rabalais - June 27, 2022 12:11 pm
Thank you for continuing to write, Sean–for continuing to put a part of yourself out there that will, undoubtedly, elicit responses such as these. Ironically, this response underscores a large part of what is dividing this country–an unwillingness to have respectful debate, the inability to allow another to have a different opinion without getting incensed and offended, a refusal to just agree to disagree. Press on, sir.
Carol L. Parker - June 27, 2022 12:12 pm
Wow I read that before my coffee too!! Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I want to tell you I really enjoy reading your daily posts. Please don’t ever stop writing. That individual does not have to subscribe. God Bless you.
Sharon Chewning - June 27, 2022 12:12 pm
Our Dearest Sean, ….I’ve been following your Blog since last September, when on a sister trip, one of my sisters shared your stories. I’ve been a reader ever since! Your topics hit home in so many ways and I’ve laughed, cried, cheered, prayed, shared, so many of your beautiful columns!! This morning’s read is just another reason to keep following your blog.. you are an exceptional young man with a beautiful love of life and country, who is humble and kind, blessed with love and Grace, certainly a refreshing reminder that good will overcome evil!! Thank you Sean Dietrich❤️… Sharon in Virginia
Margaret Byrd - June 27, 2022 12:13 pm
What a miserable person this man must be. I suspect he watches tv news all day! I hope he feels better after getting so much anger and hate out of his system From writing something like that. Personally, I think folks like him are mostly responsible for the problems we have in our country. I’d like to buy him a one way ticket to North Korea or Russia. The question that comes to my mind when I read this garbage is, WHY DO THEY READ YOUR COLUMN ??????? I sure would hate to be his wife!!!!!
Richard Owen - June 27, 2022 1:42 pm
Reread the letter, Margaret. It could be a man OR woman who wrote that diatribe. The person says “my husband and I” so if he/she/it is in a same sex marriage there is no way of knowing the writer’s sex.
Ray Huckabone - June 27, 2022 12:13 pm
That is not the way we all feel. If they don’t like your column they don’t have to read it.
This country does not suck. We have our flaws but sure beats anywhere else.
Please continue writing Sean. You are part of my morning.
Lynette Wedig - June 27, 2022 12:16 pm
I really liked your response to the reader. Keep writing and I will keep reading and smiling.
LMarjorie Archer - June 27, 2022 12:18 pm
I am a woman, even though the definition seem fuzzy to some, a mother and grandmother. This person obviously has no up bringing or no “raising ” as we say in Alabama. Using such profanity is not the way a lady should speak. It istypical of a person with no morality. I and my husband hold true to the America that you described and feel sorry for the writer and her vision of America. Keep writing the truth and maybe it will somehow set her free from her hatred. Love your writing.
steve d hoover - June 27, 2022 12:18 pm
I have no clue how people can feel that way Sean. They do not know history. They have obviously spent to much time watching the news and not enough time in church…or a ball game…or a bar…where we have much more in common than we have at odds. They are at war in their own heart to the point that there is no room to see beauty…BTW she just proved your point Sean! ….keep up the good work brother. ( Your long haired, tattooed, Baptist preacher voice over friend) -HOOVER-
Teka Pierce - June 27, 2022 12:19 pm
Think that guy needs some prunes a good cup of coffee and sometime on the toilet. Certainly seems he is full of it.
Mike Davis - June 27, 2022 12:20 pm
Sean. I start every day with a cup of coffee and your column. I’ve never commented before but want you to know don’t ever stop writing. You are using your gifts from God well and just maybe some of the hateful people that read your column will have a change in heart and understand your message of hope and love. Don’t stop, don’t ever stop. Shalom
Ken M. - June 27, 2022 12:23 pm
My dad used to say: “the world would be a wonderful place if it weren’t for all the people.”
As I’ve gotten older, I understand what he meant. And it’s not all the people, just the ones who like to take well-intentioned things and turn them into something hateful… those who twist words and actions in order to create chaos. Thank you for all of the posts you make. They’re refreshing and insightful, and it’s absolutely shameful to see how people can turn your words into a platform to create division and hate.
Keep on keepin’ on, Sean!
Roy - June 27, 2022 12:23 pm
Your response was excellent Sean. You do not have to be the solution to the problems and hate. Be you, it’s enough and from the numerous comments , I don’t feel off base in saying we love you my friend! Your light shines bright. i am thankful for it. Roy
Jayne - June 27, 2022 12:24 pm
Some comments are best placed in “File 13”. That is where this letter belonged. Keep writing.
Marjorie Archer - June 27, 2022 12:24 pm
I am a woman, even though the definition seem fuzzy to some, a mother and grandmother. This person obviously has no up bringing or no “raising ” as we say in Alabama. Using such profanity is not the way a lady should speak. It istypical of a person with no morality. I and my husband hold true to the America that you described and feel sorry for the writer and her vision of America. Keep writing the truth and maybe it will somehow set her free from her hatred. Love your writing.
Maggie Priestaf - June 27, 2022 12:25 pm
Don’t you dare shut up! My husband sees the world in the same way as the writer of letter. His heart is heavy with fear and anger. It is so hard to hang on to hope in these dark times and especially when the loudest voice in the house sees no light. Your perspective which you search out with a caring magnifying glass brings that light and hope back into each day. Thank you, Sean. Please, please don’t stop writing.
Lana - June 27, 2022 12:26 pm
Oh my gosh, you are one of the many great people in this world. I have enjoyed reading and following your stories and on Instagram.
Chris - June 27, 2022 12:26 pm
Whoever that “friend” was is just so wrong!!!
Mac Petty - June 27, 2022 12:27 pm
Whoa! Look at all those comments! First let me say I cannot imagine how difficult it is to write a column every day. Especially one that is as consistently timely, positive and uplifting as yours is. Second, I am constantly amazed that people feel that every column should perfectly align with their way of seeing things. I don’t find every one of Gary Larson’s comics utterly hilarious but I buy another Far Side calendar each year. I didn’t always find Lewis Grizzard’s column to be the pinnacle of comedy and commentary but it was always the first thing I read each day because he was consistently the pinnacle of comedy and commentary. You are a great writer, a sensitive and compassionate human and have a God-given talent when it comes to making this old world a little bit brighter each day. You keep up the work God set before you Sean. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Michelle B. Rainey - June 27, 2022 2:39 pm
I agree with Mac!!! Let is shine!!!
stephenpe - June 27, 2022 12:27 pm
Another day another angry person. Plenty of those around now. But I get it. Lots to be angry about. But perspective is our weak point in America. If we saw the world through the eyes of other around this globe we might have more of an appreciation for how good we have it,. We can do so much better but as long as we stay angry at each other (listening to the news and politicians) not much is gonna get fixed. I love you, Sean. I see the world through rose colored glasses much of the time, also. If I had the childhood you had I probably would not.
Linda Lewis - June 27, 2022 12:28 pm
Wow! What a shock! This person is ridiculous! Why is she even writing to you in the first place? She is unbelievably mistaken. I start my day off with you each morning. You give me comfort and hope for all of us. Don’t listen to her. She doesn’t speak for all of us. I look forward to reading your daily column. So, don’t stop what you do so well.
Patricia A Schmaltz - June 27, 2022 12:29 pm
Haters be hating. Thank you for putting yourself out there. Ignore the haters. They just need more love though. I love you!
Kim delfing - June 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Dear Sean,please do not stop writing! There are alot of things wrong in this country right now but there are alot of good things too, and your blog is one of them. Thank you for reminding us of the good in the world on a day we might not be able to see it.
Cindy - June 27, 2022 12:31 pm
Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone wants to hear negativity and rudeness. Keep up with the great writing, Sean.
David - June 27, 2022 12:32 pm
People like this choose every morning to get up with a chip on their shoulder. God blesses us each day when he wakes us up, what we do with the awesome day that he has provided for us is our choosing. Don’t ever let people like this get you down, you keep writing, you are a blessing to more people than not. May God continue to bless you and your writings.
Pat Morgan - June 27, 2022 12:33 pm
Dear Sean, your columns are wonderful! I love your writing! Don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing!
Audra S Isenhour - June 27, 2022 12:35 pm
My daughter placed a very educated rant on Facebook about the current uproar. She and my grandchildren, both college seniors disapprove. Her point of view received great applause from other family and friends and like you Sean, I had a one word reply…okay. I then had to search my heart to know If I was one of the ‘hypocrites’ behind every problem in the nation. I then settled in my heart and my daughters mind that my love for her would never change, dumped Facebook, which is becoming one long selfie, my opinion only, and took my dog for a walk. God bless you Sean. Now I will now have more time to read your books.
Dennis Self - June 27, 2022 12:37 pm
There’s a wise philosophy: Live and let live. These days too many; however, seem to have adopted the philosophy of “live and let die.” Sean, keep doing what you do. Your words are needed.
Marcie Emory - June 27, 2022 12:40 pm
I think she needs to take a good poop.
Christine - June 27, 2022 12:40 pm
Good for you for sharing that one vitriolic comment with your audience. Research shows that for our personal growth, the ideal “praise-to-criticism” ratio is 5 to 1. By the looks of the comment board today, you’re busting out of your suspenders.
Write on. We need your voice in this world.
sjhl7 - June 27, 2022 12:40 pm
Dear Sean, I will take your opinion and attitude “any day and twice on Sunday”. Please do not let the pessimistic haters get you down. Your positive attitude and ability to find the good in people, in the world and yes, even in our country, is what makes you special and beloved by so many. You and your words can make the darkest day turn sunny. You and your way of viewing life are what this country and this world needs so badly. You are loved!
Stacey - June 27, 2022 12:41 pm
No ma’am you are exactly what is wrong with our wonderful country!
David - June 27, 2022 12:42 pm
Sean I read your words every morning and am blessed by them. Your words that some think are just a platitude echoing it’s a wonderful life speak a truth that every wise person knows and understands.
There have been problems throughout the history of mankind and it has survived because of poets and artists who remind us that we take ourselves too seriously. Yes there are problems and every generation will face them, but will come out on the other side of history and life simply because they looked for something more beautiful than what is on the surface.
The media and politicians want to keep us divided and hating and closing our eyes to the beauty of each other and Creation.
The media and politicians are like Henry Penny and want us to believe the sky is falling in. But writers the artists whose medium is words, faithfully remind us there is still beauty in the world.
Love your word paintings. .
janet - June 27, 2022 12:44 pm
Succinct words speak volumes. Thank you.
Barbara Hood - June 27, 2022 12:45 pm
That may be one persons opinion, but one monkey doesn’t stop the show.
Diane Cochran - June 27, 2022 12:46 pm
Faith, Hope, and Love and the greatest of these is Love. We love you Sean, keep up the good work. Always . . .
Karen Wingert - June 27, 2022 12:46 pm
I disagree with the comments from the seriously troubled soul whose vitriol you published. I pray for all the people who don’t appreciate our country. We aren’t perfect, only God is. But our country is based on God’s laws and one of them says do not murder. I live that law
Gary - June 27, 2022 12:47 pm
Good morning Sean. Your Sunday post I didn’t agree with until I was done reading it and thought to myself there’s a lot of truth in what you said. Sometimes I think our country sucks but I have to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. As a Christian God helps us look past the bad and opens our eyes to the good and we need to focus on the good. Theres to much negative in the world today and TO MANY PEOPLE FEED ON THE NEGATIVE! Keep writing I’ll read the column even though that person won’t. Have a great day.
Laurie - June 27, 2022 12:47 pm
Please don’t stop. You are one of the many reasons why this country doesn’t suck. I’ll pray for the poor depraved soul who wrote you that post. What a sad life they must have.
Jeff Hensley - June 27, 2022 12:47 pm
Dear Sean. In response to the nasty negative letter telling you to shut. Please NEVER shut up. We need a calm voice in a storm. Love your positivity and insight Thank you and keep up the good work. You truly are needed and appreciated by many! Thank you Thank you
Carol Sisco - June 27, 2022 12:48 pm
Keep on giving us positive comments…we need the sunshine!
Too much anger…from another angry person.
Patrick Wolfe - June 27, 2022 12:49 pm
I remember, “ a person convinced against there will is of the same opinion still.” Sean I liked your post yesterday. You stired the hope! “Two men looked out thru prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars.” Sometimes we are put on our back so we will look up.
Victoria Boyd - June 27, 2022 12:50 pm
My husband and I applauded your previous essay. We are both teachers in public school and very aware of the struggles our citizens face, but neither of us is on social media and when we go home to our one and three year olds, there is no internet or cable-not even a TV set up in our home. Sometimes people need to get their heads out of the drama and live their life and see the beauty around them.
Lori - June 27, 2022 12:52 pm
Well dang Sean – you kinda hit a nerve didn’t ya youngin. Bless their heart…and what Eddy said in his comment – even if I disagree with you sometimes we lurve ya. Come on back up to the MS Delta – I’ll bring the Dukes Mayo.
Bill Heaton - June 27, 2022 12:52 pm
Maybe if “Dear Friend” doesn’t like what you have to say, he should just move on and look for something that spews hate, divisiveness, and anger – you know something that reinforces his own views.
I wonder if he feels so dismissive towards your column, why write to you? Ah, because he feels that he, too must spread hate, divisiveness, and anger – thereby fulfilling some inner need to make the world around him worse. For, you see, these people don’t try to fix all the problems, much less bring an end to what’s causing them – no, they WANT all the hate, divisiveness, and anger to continue.
To me the big question is “Why?” But, that doesn’t make me read, watch, or listen to their stuff.
I’m going to try and spread kindness and the love of Jesus. I’m going to read about kindness and the good in the world as much as I can. I know that there is bad, but I refuse to immerse myself in it – it knocks at every door of my life without my invitation anyway. I want to hear how people immerge from hardship victorious, or how they die giving it their all. I want to read the stories you have to write, Sean, for they tug at the heart, they move us to act better, they give us hope, they make us laugh and cry, and do both at the same time.
Sean, you rock.
Nan Claypool - June 27, 2022 12:53 pm
She needs to spend some time in pretty much any other country and she might appreciate what we still have. Thank you for your morning dose of sunshine.
Pat Richey - June 27, 2022 12:54 pm
Please don’t shut up!
When my teenage son was having a tough time with friends and school, I would tell him that in all that manure there had to be a pony!
You, Dear Sean, are able to show us the pony!
There is so much beauty in our world and it’s I habitants.
Marylin Paramore - June 27, 2022 12:54 pm
Sean, Everyone has the right to their opinion and so do I. Thank you for the columns you write and for showing us a much less dismal world! You are my favorite thing to look forward to every day. You are definitely sunshine on a cloudy day. God bless you and your wife!
Bill Richards - June 27, 2022 12:55 pm
Sally Reeves - June 27, 2022 12:56 pm
I disagree with the letter telling you to shut up! Life does look scary right now but we have so much for which to be thankful! I am thankful for the beauty all around me. I am just a stone’s throw from Green Cove Baptist Church and our mountains are breath takimg. I’m thankful for Mike Pence (with whom I seldom agree) for doing his duty to this wonderful, crazy country we live in. I am thankful you can write your column every day and I am thankful that unhappy person can disagree. Keep up the good work!
john crawford - June 27, 2022 12:56 pm
long time reader—-first time commenter—-i just HAD to comment.
i love you Bud.
thanks for your podcast—-i REALLY need what you have to say.
is it really controversial that “America doesn’t suck”?
is this worth getting angry about and saying mean things?
i love America—-i love the land of the free and the home of the brave.
i think the answer to the question of whether America sucks or not, comes down to the individuals in America.
i think that if i really care if America sucks or not, i first need to go look in the freaking mirror and figure out first if I suck or not.
i do suck in some ways—–so, i am having to figure out what i need to change in my life so that i won’t suck so much.
if we all do that—-and we stop sucking so much individually , then we will stop sucking as a country.
there is a reason i am going to counceling, working on my marriage, trying to figure out what it takes to be a good man, to have integrity, to love people.
i don’t want to suck.
i want to be a good man.
i want to be like Jesus.
i want my words to line up with my spirit, soul and body.
Love you Sean—-thanks for not sucking.
Joretta Parker - June 27, 2022 12:57 pm
Did I miss something here. What is this maniac talking about. America does NOT suck. I can’t believe this.. Keep writing, not everybody out here are idiots.
Dwight - June 27, 2022 12:58 pm
So sad that we blame everything on something beside ourselves. The attitude expressed in this letter to you is full of hatred and degradation. And the person doesn’t realize that it isn’t America that sucks, but each of us who throw out hatred, evil expressions toward others, and self-inflated worth. Fix the country? Rather fix yourself first… Show love, show gratitude, show pride… Do we have problems? Yep – ourselves…
Holland J Loper - June 27, 2022 12:58 pm
I personally look forward to reading all of your posts. I do agree our world is in a mess, but agree that there are many good people and wonderful things still every day.
Ed Hudson - June 27, 2022 1:01 pm
I’m relatively certain you don’t need this email, but I guess I need to send it. I hope the letter you posted did not leave a stain, sting in any way, or cause you the least grief. This country does not suck, however it is made up of a very large number of people and we all have our flaws. Those flaws cause us to get off track from time to time but we usually find our way back. I served this country for 34 years in law enforcement. I’ve seen the worst in people and I’ve seen the best. What I’ve learned is we must stay focused. I do that by praying God’s will be done and trying to stay positive. Your column helps with that.
There. I said it and feel better all ready. I wonder if the writer you posted about can say the same.
bubbastubbs - June 27, 2022 1:18 pm
Amen, brother! Having served in law enforcement for some thirty-five years myself, plus an additional eight years in elected office, I can definitely agree with your comments. I, too, have seen the good and bad in people over those 43 years of public service, and, fortunately, have observed far and away, that the GOOD easily out-number the bad. Thank God for writers, such as Sean, who consistently point out the reason that our homeland, in spite of its many flaws, still remains the greatest country that this world has ever known!
vickilclem - June 27, 2022 1:01 pm
I wanted to add another comment regarding the fact that you can respectfully disagree with someone without being hateful and using bad language and name calling which is something else many people either have not been taught or simply chose not to adhere to. Also, you clearly have not lost all of your faithful followers. Keep your head up, and don’t let the haters get to you, as hard as that is. I seem to recall that awhile back you were criticized for writing about things that are too depressing. No matter what you do, you can’t please everyone all the time.
Linda B. - June 27, 2022 1:04 pm
I hope that you can feel the love that so many of us have for you and your writing. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us.
Cathy Moss - June 27, 2022 1:06 pm
All you have to do , Sean , is read all the positive comments above to know that you are successful and dearly loved by many. You have a ministry my friend and don’t you ever let anyone make you give up . Anger is not the answer to the problems surrounding us. I am praying that todays responses will strengthen your spirit and give you the courage to continue this ministry. I don’t think my life would be the same without you. You raise me up and I am apparently not alone. Get back to your writing. You have a lot of work to do. You are deeply loved by so many❤️💕
Lisa A Roberts - June 27, 2022 1:06 pm
Phew, someone needs their teddy bear and a nap! This is about them, not you. Don’t let it get you down. My devotional today was about not worrying what other people think of you. SO easy to say, and SO hard to do for some of us (me included) to do. So, read this: “Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7. Don’t worry about someone like that! Don’t let the cranky-pants folks get to you. (I beg to ask that “lovely person” the question of “why did you read the column in the first place?”, but I digress. You’re not losing readers, you’re gaining them. BIG to you.
Christopher Salmon - June 27, 2022 1:07 pm
Dear Mr. Sean,
I changed my life reading your writings.
You remind me of what is real about America.
Geez, you don’t need me to tell you. Maybe this sad soul just needs to read millions of comments.
We both know those millions of people are to busy enjoying what a difference they individually make in their own lives to focus on such a frustrated dried up lifeless hopeless person that just thinks it is ok to hate.
MaryLee - June 27, 2022 1:07 pm
I have to keep reminding myself that the loudest voices in the room an rarely the majority. Keep doing what you do Sean and welcome to the Magic City!
Colleen - June 27, 2022 1:10 pm
I nearly cried when I read your post/letter, but the hundreds of encouraging, loving comments are what truly brought tears to my eyes. Your writing is gold, its art, I read your column every single day. And your readers are a gift from God.
bubbastubbS - June 27, 2022 1:10 pm
What a JERK today’s “commenter” was! I wish to heck that she’d try to express herself in such fashion in countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, Russia, etc, etc., etc.! I’m pretty sure that she’d experience first hand how difficult it is in such countries to voice one’s dissenting views!
Kay - June 27, 2022 1:10 pm
That nut is not even close to the majority!
marilyn - June 27, 2022 1:12 pm
I read many of the responses to this tirade against you, Sean, and all were positive that you are loved, your column is loved, and we appreciate all you write. The person who blasted at you has to be VERY miserable and in great need of an attitude adjustment, so we should include her/him in our prayers. Keep up the good work. We need as much positive fed to us as we can get!
Elizabeth - June 27, 2022 1:12 pm
Oh my! Did you truly receive this? Really??? When people are able to hide behind a keyboard and a screen they will rant and spew vomit as technology has become the free speech platform for all. Someone needs to give this person a swift kick and a chill pill. Anger issues, yikes. Good to know you have thick skin. I’m grateful to have discovered your blog. It’s kept me grounded and more observant of what is Good in this world. You rock…
Mimi Barnum Riché - June 27, 2022 1:12 pm
Dear Sean. I imagine the way you handled your post today has opened the floodgates to comments from those supporting you and your way of thinking. To the writer of the comment you shared, I would say: dear Sean of the South blog commentor. Bless your Pea Pickin heart. You see, I totally agree with Sean and find it sad that there are those who don’t get it. In my opinion many would be happier if they would turn off their TV and stop letting the media and others brainwash them into thinking things are so bad. Yes we have problems, always have. I’m not saying ignore them, and I don’t believe Sean is either. Let’s focus on the good and work together to solve the issues. Although I don’t know you, I care about you and wish you peace.
Sue Ellen Terrell - June 27, 2022 1:13 pm
No, no, no. You are right, America is a wonderful, beautiful country. Our freedoms are beyond any other country has. The angry people are leftist, non Christians who wallow in their own unhappiness .
Keep up your inspiring writing Sean. We love you.
Irene Clements - June 27, 2022 1:13 pm
Sean, your words prove out each day just how much beauty and “radical hospitality”, as one of my friends calls it, is going on in this great country of ours. Yes, we have a lot of naysayers but there are many more that seek the good in themselves and others each and every day. Thank you for the reminders and for the hints of things we can and should be doing, too. Your blog is also the first thing I read when I go to my email each day. I share your blog often and many of my family and friends now look forward to your words of wisdom each day. You are a blessing to all of us!
Valerie - June 27, 2022 1:13 pm
That person is negative. You are positive. We need more of you. Less of them.
Maggie - June 27, 2022 1:14 pm
Dear Sean: I guess in this person’s eyes, I am “nobody”. So be it. You don’t know this, but you’re one of my very best friends.
Elizabeth - June 28, 2022 1:36 am
I second what Maggie said. I must be a nobody. And I love your stories.
Vicki Palefsky - June 27, 2022 1:14 pm
I understand this follower’s point of view, driven by intense frustration, fear, anger, sadness. I frequently feel the same way. But I choose not to live in that space all the time. So when I need hope for tomorrow, I turn to you. You and I grew up (during different decades) just a few miles apart. Brewton…Andalusia…not a dime’s worth of difference. Your big heart and kindness always get to me…frequently ending in tears. Keep doing what you are doing.
CM - June 27, 2022 1:15 pm
Maybe she feels better now.
Will Cagle - June 27, 2022 1:16 pm
For the angry classless person who told you to shut up, I say NO, you shut up. As an American. I too have an opinion. And I am really sick and tired of hearing all this anti-American garbage! Yes we have our problems like any country. But there’s a positive uplifting way to work them out together rather than the ugly and lately violent ways of some who want to destroy the moral values of this country and turn their back on God. Families rooted in God and believers in democracy have made this the greatest country on earth. Why some want to destroy our Christian democracy and replace it with an immoral socialist state is beyond me. Then of course, maybe they don’t believe in God.
Sean..PLEASE KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING! I look forward every morning to reading your letter of the day. And God bless you!
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 2:45 am
Will Cagle, we don’t want to destroy the dream the founders had for this country, we want it to actually flourish on all levels. May I suggest reading the ‘Treaty of Tripoli’, specifically Article 11, that clearly states “the US is in no way shape or form a ‘Christian nation’!” And the Establishment Clause of the 1A validates that!
Mary - June 27, 2022 1:20 pm
Wow, that is one angry, disturbed wife and husband. I wonder if they were at the Capital on 1-6? It sounds like they are part of the problem and do not seek solutions. So be it, their choice. I look forward to your columns every morning because it reminds me that there is more good than evil in this world. Thanks, Sean.
Madelyn - June 27, 2022 1:21 pm
Such a pitiable person. Yes, there’s lots that is broken in our country but I SO appreciate you reminding us of all the good that’s around us.
Brent Hair - June 27, 2022 1:21 pm
Seek and you will find. Those seeking bad, focusing on the problems will always find them. There is far more good out there than bad. You just need to be looking for it. I hope the “fan” that wrote this letter will think about what you wrote and will choose to look for something different than what they have been looking for.
Suzanne Jackson - June 27, 2022 1:22 pm
Please ignore the haters! They need to just keep scrolling if they don’t like your writing. Some of us out here start our day with you! Keep writing!!!
DeeDee - June 27, 2022 1:23 pm
Just another liberal thinking ,narcissistic human who loves to hate . So ignorant that she doesn’t realize all she has to do is not read your column. 🤦♀️
Pam phelan - June 27, 2022 1:24 pm
Sean!! Come back!! That reader is totally wrong! We still love you and want to read what you have to say every morning!!!! And I hope your Covid is gone , poor guy
Anne Arthur - June 27, 2022 1:25 pm
Your answer was powerful. A comment full of hatred and irrationality does not deserve any other answer (maybe not even such a short one) and a discussion with an over-angry person is useless. Your answer shows your strength, and rightly so. You are a most gifted writer with an ability to say things, show things, describe things that’s unparalleled. Your unique gift is a gift to us, your readers, who looked forward to your column every day. The sad, the true, the funny, the horrible, the joyful, the good things written to uplift us all! Write on, Sean, you shine God’s light on our existence. And we need it. I am German, looking with horror at the angry mob, not only in the US but in my country as well, and I shake my head how humans can be so broken as to not see the good anymore. You shine light on the good, Sean, and we need writers like you. Thank you for who you are.
Floyd Williams - June 27, 2022 1:31 pm
God will bring good out of evil-even a greater good than if there had been no evil. You are as authentic as they come Sean. The tongue can be a hurtful weapon. Exhibit A noted.
flagal44 - June 27, 2022 1:31 pm
What a perfect example of verbal judo. Sadly, there are some folks it’s just useless to engage with. (I just ended a sentence with a preposition; I’m aware.)
Trisha Knudsen - June 27, 2022 1:31 pm
A favorite “mantra” of ours in this house goes like this: “Some people take more out of life than they put back into it.” “Friend” is such a people. Your answer to her was perfect. Keep doing what you do. You help a lot of people with your words – and your dear heart.
Richard Owen - June 27, 2022 1:31 pm
DEAR FRIEND: Maybe it is time for YOU to shut the *#&$! up! You are like the rest of the left/liberal/socialist/communist crowd. You think your opinion is the only one that matters. The recent Supreme Court decision just removes the federal mandate that should not have been there anyway. It returned this right to the states where it belongs.
Why are writing your state representatives if the laws in YOUR state are restrictive rather than coming here. And, as far as not being alone in your “dissenting opinion”, you and the rest of them are definitely in the minority.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 5:25 am
Bitchard Owen, if we are “in the minority”, then why isn’t Trump still President? If we are the minority, then get ready to explain some upcoming election results that are going to flip red states! And if all else fails, if I’m in the minority, then I think you’re in for a shock when Civil War kicks off and the majority of us who fight as equally to defend the 2A are on the side of those fighting to defend the 14A!
caryl clem - June 27, 2022 1:32 pm
Before that person writes anyone else they should try reading some facts. To use such broad terms to cut you down shows the lack of knowledge on their part. Brain research supports positive attitudes. It is a positive approach that will heal this country as we citizens work together to find solutions. Trouble makers need to shut up. I feel sorry for this couple and loved how you handled their insults. Keep doing what you are doing Sean.
Kay - June 27, 2022 1:32 pm
Negativity is eating up our country in huge gulps!! Ignore that rude comment and please continue to lift us up with your loving and heartwarming stories. ❤️❤️
Robert J Laplander - June 27, 2022 1:34 pm
Well it sounds like another individual so blinded by hatred and loathing that the only way they can express any real emotion is through the need to try and tear down something of what makes up the very world that allows her to shoot her mouth off indiscriminately. These people lead a sad and depressive life and should be pitied. They wallow in their own world of pathetic and largely self-created unhappiness. They are the very purveyors of the hatred and discontent they say they are against; the kind that keep the crawl going across the bottom of the screen; the kind that feed the need for a 24-hour news cycle of pestilence twisted into a social and/or political agenda and fed to an ever more mindless public in 15 or 30 second sound bites; the kind that have been so beaten down by this system of cyclical control and manipulation that they no longer see – or simply choose not to see – any good, anywhere, and thus become the very thing that system feeds and creates. THEY are the very embodiment of what is wrong with this country, exuding vitriol and depravation, whereas YOU Sean represent the opposite; the true nature of this country. That true nature is evident in all those things you mention in your recent column, and more. Your words touched on the very magic that this country was founded on and continues to ride on. Ever since the founding of this nation – where each person has more or less had a say – there has been contention and division of ideals and ideas. Think everything went smoothly in the old days? When one is tempted to wax poetic about such times I would remind them of a little event referred to as The Civil War. No Sean, you are definitely not the problem here – the unfortunate writer of that hateful note is. Are we perfect? No. But you sir are the very reminder of the good and real and AMERICAN that is needed to cut through the daily dread on the screen and the radio and in the print that seeks to destroy us for profit and control…
David Britnell - June 27, 2022 1:34 pm
This person must be a total imbecile is all I have to say about that!
Carol - June 27, 2022 1:35 pm
Perfect response….I for one, love the way you think and write and the country would be a whole lot better if there were more Sean’s in the world…Keep up the inspiring work….
Patricia - June 27, 2022 1:36 pm
Please keep writing. You lift the spirits of so many. You are a bright spot in this world.
ANITA JEAN PARKER - June 27, 2022 1:41 pm
Shake the dust off your feet from these idiots, and carry on!
Deacon Nick - June 27, 2022 1:42 pm
Sean, keep on keeping on as my favorite brother in Christ used to say!!!
Charlotte Hollis - June 27, 2022 1:42 pm
Dear Sean, keep on keeping on! I LOVE your column & you! Remember always that LOVE wins! Hugs 🤗
Charlie - June 27, 2022 1:43 pm
Sorry to say ….She is the perfect example of what’s wrong with this country…Keep up what your are doing Sean…..And I agree with the other poster….she needs to take a Poop…She def is full of it!!
Cynthia Russell - June 27, 2022 1:44 pm
Sean You start my day.. I love your column.. Thank You for your words.. Thank You God for Sean’s heart!! Please keep writing!! I NEED POSITIVITY IN MY LIFE.. MOST DAYS, YOU ARE THE ONLY POSITIVE THING IN MY LIFE.. I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!! , Cynthia Russell
Carol - June 27, 2022 1:45 pm
Yes our country is very mean and ugly and divided right now
Sometimes your words are the only positive things I read each day
Everyone has a choice each day to be positive or just look at and believe all the negativity
You help me remember that my glass is always half full
Patsy Richey - June 27, 2022 1:45 pm
Sad there are people who can only see bad, and never see the good out there. Life is truly what you make it, and of course their view of life determines their lives. Of course there are tough times, but if you accept them, then that’s where you stay.
Opal - June 27, 2022 1:46 pm
Thank you for acknowledging all the good things happening. This mornings email, while destructive, tells more about the writers choices than the country. Is there evil, heartache, and anger? You betcha. However, there is also joy, kindness, and goodness. Times are tough. It’s our choice on how we experience it. I choose your column.
Bev Johnson - June 27, 2022 1:48 pm
I’m not sure why people have to be so nasty. If they aren’t happy with what you say then quit reading you. The rest of us really enjoy your comments and stories. We need stories like yours.
Glenn - June 27, 2022 1:48 pm
What a a-hole that idiot is. Why subscribe at all. How does such a sad sorry person like that get out of bed, or off the floor, in the morning. That person does suck and such vile writing is a virus we need to protect ourselves from. Let’s hope he/she/it wears a mask so others don’t have to look at their scrunched up face.
For my part I share your post as a reminder what’s good about America for those focused on such a narrow band. I enjoyed reading it and your timing was perfect for such a needed refresher.
I hope you’re ok, not fun to wake up to that dumb a**
Becki McCallum - June 27, 2022 1:48 pm
Wow. Was that for real? Personally, I’m happy to hear a little positivity these days. Thnx Sean – stay calm and real.
Lauree - June 27, 2022 1:48 pm
Peace be with you all. Even the expletive person. Especially the expletive person, for it is that person and all who have such a mindset need the peace that surpasses all understanding.
And Sean, don’t stop. Please.
Connie - June 27, 2022 1:50 pm
Sean, she is wrong! Thank you for being you. God is using you to lift us up. Din’t buy into her crazy bitterness! I love your writings. God is truly using you
Marcia MacLean - June 27, 2022 1:51 pm
I couldn’t wait to read ALL of the comments. You, my friend, are brilliant! You only had to say one word and you let the majority of your readers answer. We need you to keep on spreading the love and pointing out the goodness. May God continue to bless you.
Tom Reed - June 27, 2022 1:52 pm
Dear Sean, please don’t listen to that vicious rant about anti-America. You were right on in your previous column. There is an army of American loving folks out here. We love dogs and BBQ too.
Greg Cleveland - June 27, 2022 1:52 pm
I pray for people like this every day. Keep up the good fight work that you do. There is a lot of good in this world. Some people just choose not to look!
Fleming Straughan - June 27, 2022 1:53 pm
You are making an impact. And people are reading what you have to say. Everyone is “entitled and free to speak”
But I believe you leave the world just a wee bit better than you found it for many of us.
Thank you for your writing
Mariah - June 27, 2022 1:55 pm
Bot perhaps🤔 or poster child for the word “hysterical”… love the little community you have built.
Julie - June 27, 2022 1:56 pm
Sean, don’t listen to him or her. You are right, not them. You se individual persons, not grossly generalized categories of humanity. Each and every individual has beauty in its soul, and that is what you see. Don’t quit doing that. The major depend on you.
Julie - June 27, 2022 1:58 pm
Correction: Majority not major
Willie Agans - June 27, 2022 1:57 pm
Great answer Sean. Keep up the good work.
Sally Millians - June 27, 2022 1:57 pm
You know, hurting people hurt people. It’s obvious that this poor lady is suffering insurmountable pain and loneliness. Glad she was able to let it all out so maybe she will feel better. Perhaps she can reread your WONDERFUL column in a different light now.
Janice Carlile - June 27, 2022 2:00 pm
If you don’t like it….don’t read it. I personally love to read your column every day. Even before I knew Lewis Grizzard was your hero, I was comparing you to him. Keep it up.
Barbara McKinley - June 27, 2022 2:01 pm
I’m so sorry you had to suffer this tirade, Sean. I, for one, found that previous day’s column comforting and hopeful. Much needed in our current divided state. Don’t ever stop being your loving, hopeful and witnessing the good self.
Shannon Moore - June 27, 2022 2:03 pm
Your post was one of the highlights of my day yesterday, but I am confused sometimes as to why these people are given a voice on so many platforms. Why do we give them the attention they crave, thus spreading their poisonous venom? Forget about it.
Vicky Murphy - June 27, 2022 2:03 pm
After the last week of political turmoil and division I was so thrilled to read your column that I share it on Facebook. You were be very pleased to red all the nice comments made about your thoughts at a time that people need some positivity in their lives! Keep writing, keep loving lathe small pleasure that give joy and keep sharing your thoughts with us. YOU are a gift from God in this woman’s life! Don’t ever change!
Sammy Ford - June 27, 2022 2:04 pm
To all your critic’s of yoir last column, I say “phooey” ! America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Some people are dissatisfied with the conditions in our country, but the door is always open to find another country if you want to!
Find another country in the world that has our freedom and the right to speak your mind without repercussion’s!
Brenda Bagley - June 27, 2022 2:05 pm
So many of us love you and your writing Sean. Please keep writing your column. Like so many others, reading it is how I start my day. So much negativity out there, but we will continue to move forward and smile and do good things do our best to make the world a better place and never give up hope. I keep hoping I’ll run into you while you are out and about in Bham. Maybe one day. Brenda
BEX - June 27, 2022 2:07 pm
HOPE! You give us HOPE! Life is not always about politics, hatred and being right! Life is finding JOY in everyday living and YOU give us that in your columns. I think most people are just trying to make a decent living, pay their mortgage/rent, feed their families, raise good kids in a bad world and ‘live and let live.’ The person that wrote that horrible letter should realize that THEY do not have to read your column and MAYBE they need something for their constipation to improve their mood and outlook on Life!
Sue Bruins - June 27, 2022 2:10 pm
I feel so bad that you had to receive comments like the one I just read.
It’s these kind of people that can’t see the good that is taking place in our America and want to dwell on just the negative.
Yes there’s things we all would like to see different but to just see the negative will not make it better.
I so look forward to your column each and every morning.
Please keep writing the words from your heart they truly touch mine.
Steve Leachman - June 27, 2022 2:11 pm
She and her husband must be a LOT of fun at parties and family holidays. Her husband and her probably have friends with views just like them. Either far right or far left, these folks are the kind to avoid. They’re Miserable and they want everyone else to be miserable too. I’ve given up trying changing their minds.
Leesa Judd - June 27, 2022 2:12 pm
Don’t change. Especially because negative spew their $#*++++. I love your good attitude and I am grateful to be able to read it. God bless you (and America)!
Joan Bibaud - June 27, 2022 2:13 pm
Okay, this person has more problems then you or I could possibly handle or solve. Poor soul is so angry he/she can’t see the beauty in this world.
Lynn - June 27, 2022 2:13 pm
I’m so sorry you get unkind mail. I look forward to your column every single morning. I especially enjoy the stories that remind me there is good in this world. Please keep doing what you do. It makes the world a little brighter.
Brenda Stone - June 27, 2022 2:14 pm
Keep writing like you do. We need writers like you to reminding us there is still good in this world. Your blog helps make my day. Thank you
Colleen Carnevale - June 27, 2022 2:14 pm
Dear Sean, I love you, your words, and the joy you share.
My morning is better because of your writing.
Irrespective of political, religious, or baseball differences between us, I want your voice.
Anita Loupe - June 27, 2022 2:15 pm
My goodness ! You apparently touched a nerve.
I think you’re a great guy who values the sweet simplicity of days gone by. You are very good at making me laugh and cry when reading your columns. I appreciate that, especially in a world that has seemingly gone insane.
I hope you NEVER shut up because what you have to say MATTERS to so many people.
Thankful in Knoxville
Sandy Coffee Tomlinson (A retired teacher who enjoys your stories so much!} - June 27, 2022 2:17 pm
Sean I enjoy reading each day what you have to say! Don’t let negative letters bother you. Your post are so interesting, and I often share them with friends. Keep up the good work!
Laura Bracey - June 27, 2022 2:20 pm
Keep writing what you believe in. Those who don’t agree can quit reading. Hatred is a prevalent emotion right now and our avenues of widespread communication allow people to spew their hatred. I’m sorry that woman was so affected negatively by your attempt to shine light in a dark world. Ok.
laurieisley - June 27, 2022 2:20 pm
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think (and write) about such things.” Philippians 4:8. Please don’t stop telling the world that there is good all around us. Thank you for making us think, for softening hearts and opening minds.
Jim - June 27, 2022 2:21 pm
Wow didn’t see that one coming 😆
virginia westlake - June 27, 2022 2:21 pm
I read some comments yesterday and was shocked, although I didn’t read this one. How could anyone get so upset about the wonderful things about America? They should try living in another country for a while.
Keep up the great stories that make my day and obviously many more people feel the same way.
Susan Marler - June 27, 2022 2:23 pm
I seriously had to go back to reread yesterday’s column to find out what the fuss was all about. I personally agree with everything you said. There are problems, divisions in this country yes, but we as Americans will figure it out. We always do. But in that process, please let us never forget what makes this the most desired and worthy country in the world for our ability to see the good, to never lose hope, and yes for our ability to say what we think. All of us. Do NOT quit calling our attention back to what makes the majority of the people do good things and ask nothing in return. The news today would have us believe nothing ever goes right and never will again. During Covid we all got sucked down into that abyss and some got lost in it. Hope. You give us hope Sean, never quit!
susie gilley - June 27, 2022 2:26 pm
Perhaps an even better idea for people who don’t like you should just stop reading your writings.
Jerry - June 27, 2022 2:28 pm
Hang in there Sean, there are many, many more that love you and your positive outlook than the few haters out there. Keep up the great work.
Shannon Moore - June 27, 2022 2:29 pm
Your post yesterday was the highlight of my day, but why do we continually give voice to the people who spread such poison? Forget about it and please, for the love of all things good, DON’T STOP WRITING!
Mommy to 3 - June 27, 2022 2:31 pm
What? I look forward to reading your essays each morning. Are you okay?
Kimnlyn - June 27, 2022 2:32 pm
You are a wonderful writer and an amazing person and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!! My husband and I read your post every day. I love your stories,they make me laugh and they make me cry, they are the highlight of my day. Thank you for reminding me of all the things there are in our great nation to be grateful for. God’s blessings to you and your family.
Susie - June 27, 2022 2:32 pm
Gotta say, Sean sure knows how to get people to defend him!! And rightly so….on some days.
Alabama lovin’ Yankee - June 27, 2022 2:34 pm
Sean, we, your readers, heart America, too. I agree with other commenters: yes there are problems; and our democracy based republic may be the worst form of government except for all the others; but we need you and your outlook and commentary. We all need to take a deep breath, be grateful for the good around us, work and pray to fix the bad, and turn off the dang TV so we don’t fixate on the negative. Oh, also, “Okay” was a perfect response in this reader’s humble opinion (just make sure it’s just this once!).
Janet/Jerry McDonald - June 27, 2022 2:34 pm
I am sure you will ignore such an opinion.
Debby Haddock - June 27, 2022 2:34 pm
That person is wrong. Keep up the great writing. I, too, refuse to only see negativity. +>-
(Positivity is greater than negativity)
Linda BROYLES - June 27, 2022 2:35 pm
I think I might have deleted my first comment-will try again:
If someone chooses to read, disagree with, and then send hateful comments about a column, they are looking for drama–and are a coward.
Thank you for bravely putting yourself out there for us; we love you and your outstanding writing.
Colleen Koehn - June 27, 2022 2:35 pm
Your writing yesterday was right on! Look on the positives! Keep writing.
Sara - June 27, 2022 2:35 pm
Please do not allow negativity to stop you from writing. There are many, many more that appreciate your beautiful thoughts and words.
Ruth Mitchell - June 27, 2022 2:37 pm
I end my devotions with your writings everyday, and I don’t want that to stop ever. You make me “feel”—sometimes with a tear but most often with a smile. Keep it up. I need your insights.
Leigh Clemmons - June 27, 2022 2:37 pm
For me and I know of others who agree, you are a flashlight illuminating all the good in this ole world. Keep shining. You are loved and appreciated. Tell Jamie and the boys hi!
sherrybowden - June 27, 2022 2:41 pm
Guess the haters are gonna hate. Please do not let negative comments like that slow you down or make you doubt your calling. I look forward to your column every day and I’m cheering you on from Texas.
Will Cagle - June 27, 2022 2:43 pm
To those who want to infuse political comments into this issue, you then become the problem, not the solution. Sean never uses politics, but instead he writes uplifting heartfelt messages of hope, that in turn gives us hope. Politics spread division, not hope.
Jo Kathryn Maddox - June 27, 2022 2:48 pm
Please don’t shut up!
John of the North - June 27, 2022 2:49 pm
She and others like her are the reasons we need you to continue to be who you are and write what you do. I pray this person finds a way to climb out of the dark pit of bitterness and fury in which she is sinking. She can clasp our hands as we try to pull her out if she wants but we must not let her pull the rest of us down there with her.
Carol - June 27, 2022 2:50 pm
Sean we love you!! Keep writing and sharing with us!! You bring a smile to my face and warm my heart!
They are obviously hurting and needed to vent on someone. Sorry it was you.
Leanne Christensen - June 27, 2022 2:51 pm
I couldn’t disagree with this person more. Your writing fills us with hope, (a much-needed hope) and reminds us that each and every day we CAN make a difference through our behaviors, our words and our thoughtful connections with others. I only wish that the news would fill entire broadcasts with the “good stuff” instead of just giving it airtime for the last few minutes of the broadcast. What an amazing difference they could make. Keep shining your bright, beautiful, inspiring, compassionate light Sean, as in such challenging times your light breaks through the dark and through our brokenness as well. I speak from personal experience. Your columns have been a lifeline for me for a few years now, and I am forever grateful. Please know your words have been and continue to be an answer to prayer. I can only imagine how many lives you have touched through your inspiring, heartfelt writing. Bless you.
Sarah - June 27, 2022 2:53 pm
These letters contine to surprise me. Ignore them. You have a right to your own thoughts and expressions.
Lynda Halsted - June 27, 2022 2:56 pm
These are the bitter hate filled words that are so hurtful to our country. I prefer to hear your words, filled with compassion and hope. Thank you Sean.
Mike Rieley - June 27, 2022 2:57 pm
Speak up, Sean. I miss you.
Deborah Carter - June 27, 2022 2:58 pm
Don’t listen to those hatemongers! You’re a breath of fresh air especially in the times we’re living in. No need to change for them! Keep filling my inbox, Sean! Love hearing from you.
Debbie in Sandestin who just moved here a year ago
Bill in Tennessee - June 27, 2022 3:02 pm
Well my oh my, isn’t he/she just a sparkling light of positivity?! Hehe…just proving your original point that division is a cancer in our culture. Carry on, Sean, 99.99% of us look forward to your daily dose of good sense and good humor.
Gay - June 27, 2022 3:03 pm
She is the #%^**!!ing idiot
Glenda Monroe - June 27, 2022 3:06 pm
So many sad and hurting people surround us. Keep on writing…I know you will!
Hugh Burt - June 27, 2022 3:07 pm
Dear Sean: Hold your head up and and keep on trucking my fiend! The left are out there in full force and can’t believe the supreme court voted in a Godly direction! My family reads your writings every day and you are not alone on this matter! For you have a lot of God fearing people out hear pulling for you like a team plow mules…….!
Will Cagle - June 27, 2022 3:10 pm
Dear Sean. I have been reading your columns from day one. They are the one thing in my daily morning routine that gives me a positive start to my day. Why? Because you use down to earth real life stories that both make you laugh and sometimes tear up. I am amazed at given how difficult your childhood was, that you are able to write such amazing uplifting stories. But I think God has chosen you for this task, to speak to everyone regardless of their race, religion or lack thereof, age, sex or politics; and to do it in a way that touched the heart. Yes there will be naysayers out there, who because of bitterness or evil in their hearts will reject you. But like you always do, turn the other cheek and move forward. God bless!
Elgin Carver - June 27, 2022 3:11 pm
To quote a movie whose title I cannot immediately think of, “What an idiot!”
Chaplain Wes Holland - June 27, 2022 3:12 pm
God Bless the USA!!!
Maybe she should move to Argentina!!!
Jesse Peel - June 27, 2022 3:13 pm
Sean we love you. Please keep doing what you do so well
Mac Blair - June 27, 2022 3:14 pm
I hope the writer felt better getting that off their chest. Please don’t stop writing. I look forward to reading your column every day. Every day. A lot of them I forward on to others who are always glad to get them. You help make my day. I am 85 am I don’t want to do with out you every morning. You are the best my friend.
bunnybeckett - June 27, 2022 3:16 pm
I look forward to your upbeat postings, and I’m grateful that you keep them coming.
JAMES W NEAREN JR - June 27, 2022 3:16 pm
I still love you Sean. 🙂 Our mutual acquaintance, Andy Andrews, once pointed out that the Andy Griffith Show, a bastion of old fashion “feel good” was filmed and hugely popular during the era of racial and anti-Vietnam division. It’s upbeat, wholesome, humor transcended the angst. So, too, your writing. Keep up the good work.
Linda McGehee - June 27, 2022 3:20 pm
I read your work because you do have such a wonderful way of finding the best and beauty in the sometimes sad and often ugly world. We need more not less of your approach to life..
A Hope - June 27, 2022 3:21 pm
Wow. Somebody needs a juice box. Keep up the good work Sean! Love your writing!
Betsy - June 27, 2022 3:23 pm
No, Sean, no! Don’t let one (or even a bunch) of negative people make you stop giving us uplifting, comforting hope and love during these troubled times. You are one of the first people I visit each morning. You do an excellent job. And I’m real excited that you and Jamie are here in Birmingham! Keep up the good work!
Sue Adams - June 27, 2022 3:23 pm
Paul Alge - June 27, 2022 3:33 pm
Well Sean all writers need criticism. Some people are jealous of your lifestyle. You get to go places see things do things and we read about it But apparently this person has never had food at Kendall’s. I live near Nashville now but when I get to go home maybe once a year I can’t wait to stop at Kendall’s. But the last time I went buy there to eat I pull up and what ? no cars ? A sign in window reads Closed due to no workers. Dam life sucks
Nancy Shain - June 27, 2022 3:35 pm
Thank you for being the voice of kindness and love, which, as you know, is the only way to offset the brokenness of this world. But no one hast to take my, or your, word for that. Blow the dust off your Bible and read Romans 12. Better yet, start in the book of John and just keep reading.
Shirley Jones - June 27, 2022 3:36 pm
Don’t listen to those nay sayers. We need a voice of good cheer and no political agenda. I appreciate hearing from you daily. Thank you.
Renee - June 27, 2022 3:36 pm
A closed minded, glass completely empty trader worth losing. Carry on Sean. If our country doesn’t have anyone who sees the good, we are doomed.
Renee - June 27, 2022 3:38 pm
Sorry, trader should be reader
Joy Riddle - June 27, 2022 3:43 pm
Sean I appreciate your good attitude. My husband is a Lay speaker in our church. He spoke at a church yesterday and his topic was about having a positive attitude. God gives us hope and there are good things all around if we will look. His verse was Isaiah 40:28-31. Do not get discouraged. I appreciate your writing.
Donna Vildibill - June 27, 2022 3:46 pm
He was totally rude, crude and sociably unacceptable. But, you and he are entitled to your own opinions and views of the world. Brush it off and keeping fighting the good fight.
Rhea Wynn - June 27, 2022 3:47 pm
Thank you for teaching us how to deal with comments like that. Nothing you can say will make a difference.
David Jones - June 27, 2022 3:49 pm
Robert (Robin) Moore - June 27, 2022 3:49 pm
We’re supposed to love all kinds, but it strains our ‘sposed to’ toward those who’ve given up, enraged, and are venting their anger instead of working to make things better..
Nedra Tucker - June 27, 2022 3:50 pm
Love, love, love the response. You have epic self control.
Holly Moore - June 27, 2022 3:51 pm
Thank you Sean for reminding us daily that there still is hope in humanity. God Bless You my friend!
Dale Kochee - June 27, 2022 3:51 pm
Hey “ Dear Sein” writer. You can always move to California and be with all the other idiots who cherish the obscure of the Nation. There are others in this country who are older and a lot wiser than you who have experienced “the real life” and have had to work through it all. I figure you are between 25-35 years old. All you’ve seen and experienced is Caleb TV and the “worldly” crap. Get some experience in your being. America and this country has lot to still be proud of. AND it sure isn’t you. Best to you Sein. I still read and quote. DK
kontaktpatricia - June 27, 2022 5:35 pm
Dale Kochee, you are exactly right. You hit the nail on the head.
Dewayna Tigner - June 27, 2022 3:59 pm
Sean, I look forward to every column you write. You are kind, respectful, and extremely insightful. America needs your voice. Keep on doing exactly what you have been doing! Much love from Texas!
Susie Flick - June 27, 2022 4:02 pm
It’s unfortunate that this person felt the need to vent to you about their unhappiness. We all have challenges and the biggest challenge seems to be getting along. I am not a Pollyanna, but I have to think positive about things otherwise…… Please keep writing and giving us a great start to our day.
Jim Stephens - June 27, 2022 4:02 pm
Don’t you just love positive people? Bless her heart!
Becky Kaufmann - June 27, 2022 4:04 pm
Oh Help !!! Let them read something else !!!!!
B Happy Rogers - June 27, 2022 4:08 pm
Dear Sean, I am personally disappointed in today’s post, but my disappointment has nothing to do with you. Well, only in that I’m sorry today’s post is so brief and that the words are not your own and they are a negative, direct hit at you. And just so you know, I am someone who almost never comments on these types of things but just wanted you to know, like you need my validation, (Haha!), that there are plenty of us out here who love reading your take on the world whether we agree with it or not. I personally choose to see the glass as half full or how the heck am I supposed to keep moving forward in this crazy world we find ourselves in today. I look forward to reading what you have in store for us all tomorrow! Best regards, always!
Pamela J Ewers - June 27, 2022 4:14 pm
some people just suck the life out of me but you are not one of them ! that person is just mean! We all have our own opinions and when they don’t match up to others they try and destroy you and force you to change your opinion I have lost a few good friends on fb they block me but i am not entitled to have an opinion they say i am the problem! You do you Sean and please don’t change what you are doing!
Nevermore - June 27, 2022 4:14 pm
Sorry, this beautiful country doesn’t suck. Just hypocritical people like you suck. “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Peggy - June 27, 2022 4:19 pm
Funny, I was so uplifted by the same column! It was refreshing to read of so many positive, happy things in one piece. Keep up the good writing, Sean!
Judy - June 27, 2022 4:19 pm
I liked your reminders of how much we need to appreciate! We are blessed to live in the USA.
Karyn - June 27, 2022 4:23 pm
Oh my goodness! Wow. You should not have to listen to mean, ignorant people. I will apologize for them, I’m so sorry. I believe you were saying, if you look closer at individual people, places and situations you can always find beauty and kindness. I think you are awesome! Please don’t stop writing.
Deborah D Weeks - June 27, 2022 4:24 pm
I will continue to read your column daily! I don’t care what that person thinks. I will certainly continue to read your column and enjoy your quirky writings remember all the good things that we have had in the past and the good things that we have today. I’m grateful for a respite from all the bad news the tv and news people report on daily. Thank you for keeping things light!
Michelle - June 27, 2022 4:28 pm
Wow! I hope you don’t take to heart this lady’s words. She must be all out of grace and manners. What language! I love your writing and I hope you didn’t mean it when you responded with “okay”, unless you meant, “well, okay then, moving on.” You are a talented writer. I won’t forget the story you did on my son Reese going to heaven two years ago. You are far from insensitive. Far from it. Thank you for sharing your talent and please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Tom Newton - June 27, 2022 4:29 pm
My “New Morning Mercies” devotional yesterday started with this. “When you think you’re righteous, you expect others to be righteous as well, so you become demanding, judgmental, and constantly disappointed”.
I was reminded how that’s me…way too often, and then I was reminded there is grace for that too!
Phyllis Forrest - June 27, 2022 4:34 pm
That mean, hateful and disrespectful person needs to learn to scroll past things that she doesn’t agree with. Last I checked, we all are entitled to our opinions. I, for one love your writings! As we say in the Deep South, Bless Her Heart!
Pyrthroes - June 27, 2022 4:36 pm
Sad… we’d only wish to be one-tenth Sean’s mettle. The Lord in His mercy send you grace, who authored this unworthy screed.
Tara Robinett - June 27, 2022 4:40 pm
Please don’t listen to the haters. I need your stories and all of your words. There are always going to be “things that suck” this side of heaven. Your words and people like you take my attention of the sucky things and put it back on “those things which are good and noble and true”. Thank you.
Dixie - June 27, 2022 4:41 pm
I enjoy your posts! Keep them coming!!!
Carol langford - June 27, 2022 4:42 pm
Wow, KAREN is having a bad day isn’t she 🤪
Philip Bradberry - June 27, 2022 4:47 pm
Sean, I hope you disregard that person’s comments. Of course we have problems in this country. It is still the greatest place on earth. I appreciate your posts. Keep it up. We need all the encouragement we can get.
Judy - June 27, 2022 4:49 pm
There are a lot of things wrong with this world of ours. That person is correct. But there are also a lot of things right. The beauty of God’s creation has not been lost in the ugliness of evil. I think God wants us to keep our eyes open but also to trust in His love and care for us. We have lots of work to do to bring back the world we used to know. Maybe instead of griping we should be mending the brokenness.
Penelope Foster - June 27, 2022 4:54 pm
What a curiosity!!! If she doesn’t like your opinions why does she bother to read you work???
LIN ARNOLD - June 27, 2022 4:54 pm
The way I see it, it’s a free country. If she doesn’t like what you write, she is perfectly capable to stop reading your daily posts and has the absolute right to. But as for the rest of us, we completely enjoy your daily stories. So just keep on writing for us and she can just go do her own thing however she wants to.
Dan Martin - June 27, 2022 4:55 pm
“Nobody cares what you have to say about anything anyway”….I guess that makes me a nobody…and it also puts me in with real good company.
lindadmiresean - June 27, 2022 4:59 pm
Sean, like my Mother always said, “Consider the source and rise above it.” Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. I like yours best.
Ruth - June 27, 2022 5:00 pm
Look forward to your columns everyday. They bring back memories, make me smile and give hope for the good folks trying to navigate the negativity that is so rampant now.
Tim Peace - June 27, 2022 5:03 pm
Opinions are like belly buttons…everybody has one. They are entitled to theirs…you are entitled to yours. FREE SPEECH. That is all.
Rock on, Sean!
Jarry Taylor - June 27, 2022 5:07 pm
All I can say is “Wow”. As you made clear, there are many things in this country that stink, many things that divide us, and many things we want to change if we could (and many are working on those changes). This does not mean that our entire country stinks or that each of us shouldn’t work hard to improve those stinky parts. Most importantly, however, this doesn’t mean there aren’t innumberable great things about this country, many of which you recounted in your post. You (and many others) are not discounting nor unwilling to discuss the bad parts, because we are, but we choose to focus more on the many great things in our country, in our lives, in our families. I believe, as you may do, that focusing on the great and good things will help the bad.
Jarry in Birmingham (welcome, neighbor!)
Vicky Moyers - June 27, 2022 5:08 pm
I care what you have to say or I wouldn’t be here. I believe that is the column that i shared. Thanks for reminding us that sometimes a change of attitude is all it takes to see the sunshine
Ellen T. Read - June 27, 2022 5:17 pm
Hogwash on that person. What a bunch of baloney. Keep up the good work. I heart Sean Dietrich!!!!
Kathy Joyce Folmar - June 27, 2022 5:21 pm
I enjoy your columns. Keep them coming! The people who don’t like them have the option of not reading them. They can read something else or write their own columns. Why don’t they instead of complaining? Nobody is forcing them to read what you write.
Bob E - June 27, 2022 5:25 pm
Wow! Someone who not only reamed you properly (notice the mastery of the English language) but offered many solutions to what ails her (they?). Considering her attitude she is destined to improve the lives of all those fortunate souls existing within her sphere.
Sorry – couldn’t help a little sarcasm.
Let us pray for her.
Bob E - June 27, 2022 5:28 pm
Just curious – did this article set a record for the number of responses?
Gloria Miller - June 27, 2022 5:32 pm
I don’t know exactly which column she was referring to, but I’ve never read one of your pieces that didn’t either lift me up or give me something to ponder. If they don’t like your work, they have a choice not to read it! It seems that many people believe that if they don’t like something, no one should like it, or even have the option to read and give it consideration – the other side, so to speak. As you can see by the comments above, you have quite the fan club. Don’t let one unhappy person impact the ability of so many to continue to enjoy your musings.
J Laufer - June 27, 2022 5:40 pm
I loved the column in question, and I love even more how supportive people have been in response to the critical response. The logic of the person being critical is when they write: “Nobody cares what you have to say about anything anyway.” Obviously, they cared enough to read the original column, and then cared enough to be so totally outraged that they would respond with such a blast of venom. You bring hope, and light, and light to so many — and I am one who considers myself blessed that a friend introduced me to your column. Please keep writing. Please keep speaking out. America is better for it.
Sundae P - June 27, 2022 5:42 pm
Well said, Sean! Great answer. Keep on keepin’ on.
Jaycie - June 27, 2022 5:43 pm
Love the simplicity of Sean’s writings. They are uplifting and this all starts with someone who is happy with themselves and enjoys those around them.
Gina Manley - June 27, 2022 5:45 pm
Sean, I loved that column. It was an incredible reminder of all of the wonderful things about this country–of all of the wonderful, good people, who do good because it’s the right thing to do. I feel sorry and sad for those who choose to ignore. And look at all of the people making their way across the border because they believe we have a better way of life and opportunities.
Scott - June 27, 2022 5:48 pm
We love you Sean and Friend who wrote that note, we love you too. I know Sean loves you too. He says so almost every other day. He loves his country, the good and the bad. He loves people. When they are angry, when they are happy, when they need to vent, and especially when they are in dark places. We all need him and his love and you and your love too!
It will all be okay!
Faye Hutt - June 27, 2022 10:03 pm
Scott, what a nice man you are. Thank you!
Lisa - June 27, 2022 5:48 pm
I love your columns. Don’t let this sour, bitter person get you down. You remind me of what’s right in this word.
Wadena Sieler - June 27, 2022 5:54 pm
WOW what a sad, bitter person. You column is one of the bright spots in my day!
imcdbw - June 27, 2022 5:58 pm
I don’t know who sent you this, but he/she is hugely, monumentally wrong! Do not quit writing! Please, do not stop reaching out to all of us who love you!
What you convey is tremendously important to so many of us, your followers!
I must admit that the response your Friday column was vastly different—vastly!— from the replies I’ve read over the past several years that I’ve read the comments of your columns. I’ve fallen in love with your followers. They helped me so, so much when my husband went home to Jesus. But those responses last Friday! They were from different folks! I wondered, seriously, if those responses were from planted, negative, hateful folks bent on destroying all that advocates goodness, such as yourself. Please do not take their words to heart.
My world as a widowed 60+ lady will be less bright if you cease writing your column. Please don’t let those awful people’ negativity and hatefulness dim the goodness, and faith, and hope that you’ve been sharing with us.
Please don’t quit. Please.
Ann - June 27, 2022 5:58 pm
I tend to see the picture of a person as they write. With this one, I see a shriveled-up spirit of a person. They see nothing good about anything (but maybe themselves and their opinions). They have a scowl on their face and people avoid them like the plague. There Miserable and never realizing they have done it to themselves. I believe that no change in anything comes from such a person. I am so glad I don’t know them!!! Or really anyone like them. It’s actually quite sad.
Regina Chandler - June 27, 2022 6:01 pm
One of the classiest replies I have ever read.
Gale Smith - June 27, 2022 6:03 pm
Haters gonna hate. Imagine being so pathetic that you want to deprive countless others of their
daily dose of our beloved Sean. Let’s all pray for
this miserable person. Sean, pay no attention to such negativity. Your mailbox holds more praise than damnation. I’d rather be a Pollyanna any day than a hopeless whiner.
Debbie - June 27, 2022 6:05 pm
Sean, your written voice is a blessing to so many. You are a good man. 🙏
Alan B. - June 27, 2022 6:05 pm
“Bless their hearts!” Keep up the GREAT work – you inspire!
Gloria Van Nostrand - June 27, 2022 6:06 pm
Laurie Wasilewski - June 27, 2022 6:06 pm
OMG, Sean. I just absolutely cracked up reading your last line. Who is better than you, turning something so offensive into something quite funny!!!! And no, don’t you ever stop writing and sharing your thoughts and opinions. You never stop brightening my day with your words!
Kristi Fowler - June 27, 2022 6:08 pm
This is the FIRST time I have ever felt compelled to offer a comment on anything I’ve read on the Internet. Actually, “dear reader”, what is REALLY wrong with this country is the EXTREME incivility that is allowed to flourish via social media. I absolutely, unequivocally believe in free speech but I believe equally in the old adage with which most of us were brought up: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. And that, “dear reader” is how polite, well-bred people say “Shut the f%^$ up.” Sean, carry on, please.
mjenae06 - June 27, 2022 6:10 pm
I am a 15-year-old girl from California, an aspiring novelist who heard about your blog from my grandparents. After listening to my relatives read your stories out loud for months on end, I finally decided to do the only logical thing and sign up to receive your posts. And I’ve never regretted that decision once. If they don’t make me cry or laugh out loud, your writings never fail to make me grin. You do what I someday dream of doing; you inspire people to hope, to smile, to do good in this world. And that is the best thing anyone can do.
I have something to say about the critics, if I may. I understand where they are coming from. There seem to be a lot of people who really do think America is not a great place. They’re called pessimists, and they probably haven’t gotten much of a chance to see the bright side. They also often seem to be very caught up in politics and bad news. As for myself—I very rarely watch the news. I know nothing about politics. If I didn’t have a family around me who was aware of such things, I likely wouldn’t even know who our current president is. And because I do not choose to see the bad in this country, it gives me ample room to see the good in it. To the pessimists: have you ever knelt in front of an open second-story bedroom window, your heart beating giddy with adrenaline, watching Fourth-of-July fireworks explode over a line of treetops? Have you ever slurped a cherry limeade slushy out of a red plastic solo cup that seems about to melt with summer heat? Have you ever paid for a stranger’s meal, or opened the door for a teenager at a shopping mall, or smiled at the McDonalds drive-through worker? Have you ever even stepped foot in any church building at all?
Try it. I think it will give you a new definition of America. The America we see.
Sean, I admire you greatly—not only for bringing life to the masses, but for trying to show your readers the world I see every day—the America I love.
I’ll never stop reading.
Patricia Gibson - June 27, 2022 6:28 pm
KK - June 27, 2022 7:26 pm
I hope you write your novel someday because l loved reading your comment. Your writing is beautiful & your view of the world as well.
Retired - June 27, 2022 8:28 pm
kateorourke0173 - June 27, 2022 6:12 pm
I hope you don’t listen to this person’s comments! You inspire me with every column and I look forward everyday to what you have to say.
James Kelly - June 27, 2022 6:13 pm
Anybody that talks or writes like that is no lady. If I were you, Sean, I would delete the email or print it and give it a burial at sea.
George Leuenberger - June 27, 2022 6:20 pm
Some folks thrive on gloom & doom. Sean, just ignore this guy & know you have a lot of long time friends reading every day. There is time to get things right and it will not take place quickly. Keep trying to see the silver lining.
Lily - June 27, 2022 6:24 pm
Well, you’re sure not doin me any favor by keeping quiet.. You’re the only voice of hope we have every day.
keithincanada - June 27, 2022 6:25 pm
There are times when saying nothing says everything. Today is such a day.
As a Southern expat living in Canada (I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana, wife from Fairhope, Alabama), I have to say that your kindness, politeness and optimism are very Canadian traits. You are welcome to come up any time you like. It’s not as cold as they would have you believe. That’s just a ruse to keep people away. Propoganda is cheaper than a wall, and more effective LOL.
Patricia Gibson - June 27, 2022 6:26 pm
Boy that person needs prayer and maybe a new country if that is how they feel. God be with them🙏❤️ We are not perfect but definitely my only choice to live.
David S Doom - June 27, 2022 6:27 pm
Some people love to be mad about something and see the worst in everything. Keep up the good work.
Jane Tallent Shoultz - June 27, 2022 6:32 pm
I hope you consider the source and ignore such vitriolic people! You are the sunshine in my days! I love your efforts to stay positive when faced with crapola like this! Love you, Sean – mean it!!
Elaine Montgomery - June 27, 2022 6:36 pm
Do Not Shut Up. Keep speaking Sean. Please
joinerscorner - June 27, 2022 6:37 pm
I care too. Keep up the good work and don’t pay attention to folks who use ugly words.
Stefanie - June 27, 2022 6:46 pm
Ignore the haters. There are STILL beautiful, awesome things about this country and beautiful awesome people–and you are one of them. I loved your essay!!
Arelene Mack - June 27, 2022 6:47 pm
You don’t have to shut up the haters or shut them down – they will self-destruct and go down in flames all by themselves. All you need to do is just observe the fireworks and keep writing for the rest of us who see more good than bad in life. Love you and Jamie!
Lori Jahn - June 27, 2022 6:48 pm
Wow! What an angry elf! Keep on truck in’. They’re just one out of millions!
Louise M - June 27, 2022 6:51 pm
“When you wonder why you’ve lost all your faithful readers and you’re all alone>” Oh My! I’d laugh at the silliness of that jab, if it weren’t for the perverted twist revealed. .
What’s the one thing all Sean’s faithful reader’s know for true and certain? He knows he is not all alone. And he will never be left all alone. Column after column online, and page after page in his books testify to this awareness. Most recently, his June 21 column entitled, Dear Sean, pulled together all he’s lived, learned, knows and believes about life and love. It’s right there for those with open eyes to see.
Ann - June 27, 2022 7:00 pm
Sooooo wrong…..keep your columns coming …you are a bright spot in the day!
martydlaska - June 27, 2022 7:04 pm
I care deeply. I have been a counselor for 40 years and at 71 still work full time. Partly because I need the money but mostly because people , good. kind people are not always good and kind. You take the time to write your observations and share them with us. I need to be reminded there are good and silly and touching things happening. Yes, we have serious problems but as any one of my thousands of clients will tell you, we need to laugh. It builds our strength
Angie - June 27, 2022 7:09 pm
Somebody needs to shut up, but it’s not Sean!!!!
Gary - June 27, 2022 7:10 pm
Lord, there are some sad people in this world. There’s a head I’m glad I don’t live in.
Nancy - June 27, 2022 7:11 pm
Don’t let the bastards get you down. I loved everything you said.
W. C. Johnson, III - June 27, 2022 7:12 pm
Sean – disregard this goofball. He is jealous of your ability to realize and communicate how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful nation. Keep up the good work.
To the offending malcontent, if I ever had the misfortune of meeting you I would repurpose this quote from me addressing a mouthy Georgia football fan on an ATL airport shuttle – ‘don’t let the bus door hit you on the bohonkus as you leave’ (that is not the actual noun I used).
Eve - June 27, 2022 7:12 pm
I have known that sooner or later if any of your readers were liberals , that at some point some of them would turn on you. Such people are unhappy and easily angered. They want you to lose faith with the world. With yourself . You are being tested. I have been reading your columns long enough to know that you will see/sense the way forward. Bless you.
Gene - June 27, 2022 7:23 pm
Was this a record # of comments?
People that think so badly of our country should try living in another country for awhile. Americans are spoiled.
Edwin Rogers - June 27, 2022 7:25 pm
I’m still here!! Thanks for all you do Sean
Sallie D Snyder - June 27, 2022 7:32 pm
Happy to echo every positive thing posted above! Heaven knows we need a little sunshine in our lives, and Sean, you are one giant beam!
CELIA E. HARBIN - June 27, 2022 7:36 pm
Don’t listen to the nay-sayers of this world. We need kindness and stories that lift us up and give us a bit of hope. I know that a negative response can sometimes prevent us from hearing the good. Keep on smiling, Sean. Keep on encouraging those whose hope is dim and God bless you.
pattymack43 - June 27, 2022 7:40 pm
Not true Sean!! Keep on doing what you do best!! Write!!! Thank you!!
Donna M Wood - June 27, 2022 7:44 pm
I wonder why your “friend” even bothers to read your posts, since they have that attitude. There’s always someone trying to cause confusion and grief. Pay no mind to cruel people.
Suellen - June 27, 2022 7:55 pm
I can’t even imagine how awful it must be to go around with so much hatred in your heart much less feeling entitled to spew it out on everyone else. This person seriously needs Jesus.
Shellie Wear - June 27, 2022 7:56 pm
Haters gonna hate.
But seriously, I love your words. I found comfort in what you wrote and it makes my heart happy that there are so many like responses. The more people who share kindness and all the flowery shit this guy/gal hates, the stronger we as a country will remain.
AlaRedClayGirl - June 27, 2022 7:57 pm
The old saying “misery loves company” is true. That person is miserable and wants everyone to feel the same way about life. Sorry, it ain’t gonna work because we have Sean to uplift us every single day.
Laura Lea Booty - June 27, 2022 8:02 pm
Wow, that guy is really angry. Do we all have to believe the same to get along? Do people hate others because of different beliefs? They shouldn’t. I love your columns, they remind me there is still good on this world.
MARY BLACK - June 27, 2022 8:03 pm
Don’t you dare let pitiful, toxic , negative people shut you up! You have too many fans (friends), who count on your conversation bulbs every day to give them a thoughtful boost for the day. It is sad that some people never see the good around them or the blessings everywhere..
Christina - June 27, 2022 8:10 pm
This is why America needs people like you Sean and your writing to remind us every day that kindness and love trumps meanness and “being right” in your own opinion.
Art Cole - June 27, 2022 8:36 pm
I’m pretty sure she just wants to date you. 😂
Harriet White - June 28, 2022 2:18 am
😂😂😂😂😂 BEST REPLIE YET!
Judy - June 27, 2022 8:37 pm
Why are people so mad all the time? If you stop writing I’m going to be mad. You have gotten me through tough times by talking about cornbread!
chip plyler - June 27, 2022 8:43 pm
I’ve got a blister on my finger from scrolling through all these supportive comments…you must indeed be doing something correct to raise the ire of the dark side soooo much they brought Wormwood out of retirement… keep it up my friend – if you’re not getting hate mail you’re not stepping on enough toes…frame this one and next time I see you we’ll raise a glass to this ass…Bless their heart
Susie Murphy - June 27, 2022 8:47 pm
I enjoy your writing. I need a little sunshine right now. I am grieving my Dad’s death and caring for my Mom. If they don’t like what you write, they don’t have to read it and thus, do not have to make rude comments. Hang in there, Sean. I look forward to you blog daily.
Les Edinboro - June 27, 2022 9:00 pm
I have read your column for some time now and have found comfort in your words during some difficult periods in my life. Using your baseball analogy, your first column was a line drive foul tip that hit the lady behind the home teams’ bench square in the heart; she never saw it coming. Knowing our country is all those positive things should be a given that we have as our foundation so that when we struggle, cry and strike out in pain, the rest of us will close in around to love through the darkness. You missed the point of someone losing their rights, not a religious rite, but a human right to control their own physical body regardless of what others believe. Where does it stop when this occurs? Your column today was a slow bunt down the third base side that trickled out of play. You chose the worst of the many comments from the first column and gave a response that was disappointing from a man who I have read on many occasions, “…if you haven’t heard this from anyone else, I love you.” I didn’t see your love as conditional until this column today. It felt as if you didn’t see through the anger, the fear of the writer. The same fear that you have written about several times that causes us humans to lash out at times while enduring our painful moments. This is not about access to abortion; it is about access to a person’s ability to control their lives and destiny. We cannot judge them, we can only love them, support them and perhaps that love will guide them to a better place of their choosing. It should not be legislated by man as the gift is not of man. So, Sean, for me it’s a 0 and 2 count. Maybe you swing for the fences or perhaps just get safely on base.
pcedinboro - June 30, 2022 2:25 am
Duane Shelley - June 27, 2022 9:02 pm
Is this for real? How can anyone have an attitude this bad?
EDWARD LEVERE ROCKENSOCK III - June 27, 2022 9:11 pm
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, keep on doing what you do.
Michael Mazenko - June 27, 2022 9:15 pm
Sean, keep up the good work. Are country is far from perfect but if it really sucks, why do so many people want to come here.
Dwana Myers - June 27, 2022 9:22 pm
I love your writing…please don’t stop!
MD - June 27, 2022 9:22 pm
N3ØWULF Please just shut up! Sean is free to write what he wants and you are free to symbolically “change the channel”. The same goes for this Country. If you don’t like the decisions made by the Government, you are free to leave.
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:45 am
MD, people like you are exactly what is wrong with this country telling me to leave when all people of this country, not just women, got their 14A Constitutionally protected rights stripped away from them. You do know that what Roe v Wade was truly about, don’t you? So NO, I’m not going anywhere, instead I’m going to vote and utilize my other Constitutionally protected rights to defend those of others from domestic terrorists like you, including my 2A right. And if you have a problem with it, then I’ll see you on the other side of the battlefield with my AR in hand!
Peggy Coffee - June 27, 2022 9:25 pm
I do not agree with that last comment. I do agree with you. There are many good peopleinAmerica, and many good things happening. I’m grateful for yourcolumn. Please keep on!
Jenny Young - June 27, 2022 9:30 pm
There are some really crazy people in this world…goodness.
What else can you say? The rest of us are sitting here with our jaws on the floor wondering why anything you write could cause such a reaction. I’m glad you share these things with us….some of us need a mirror shone in our face.
Kim Story - June 27, 2022 9:31 pm
Sean please don’t let this person keep you from what you do best. I’m sure you are feeling disappointed, frustrated and depressed. Just know that you have positively impacted so many people – myself included. People hide behind email and social media. If they had to have an actual conversation with you, my guess is that they’d be more polite. God bless you Sean. Keep doing what He’s called you to do. As one wise woman once said, “you is smart, you is kind, you is important”.
Linda Moon - June 27, 2022 9:49 pm
Dear Sean: Open back up. Soon. I’m not young and I’ve survived cancers for more than a decade. You once told me that I give you strength with my kind words. You do the same for me every day. It IS a wonderful life! What will take for “Dear Friend” to learn this?
Don Rutledge - June 27, 2022 9:50 pm
If assholes could fly, she’d be a human airport.
Doug Robertson - June 27, 2022 9:56 pm
If that’s this guy’s attitude, he does not have to read your column. End of discussion. You do good work. Keep it up.
Reader in WA state.
vjwinton - June 27, 2022 10:17 pm
Well she’s a liar because I DO care how you feel about America.
Dena Ray - June 27, 2022 10:19 pm
Dear Sean, I have been a loyal reader of your posts since 2018. My best friend introduced me to your writing when we were in Gulf Shores when Hurricane Michael was coming in. Your writing brings smiles, tears,laughter, and uplifting messages. KEEP ON! Dena Ray
Sandra Davidson - June 27, 2022 10:40 pm
Keep up good work
Leland Locke - June 27, 2022 10:57 pm
Don’t let the bastards get you down, Mr. Sean. Keep doing your work, one word at time. This coming from a man in North Carolina that believes in you.
Nancy M - June 27, 2022 11:05 pm
544 comments! I probably won’t get through them all. Just came here to say, if you don’t like it, you can unsubscribe his email and/or unfollow Sean’s Facebook page.
Personally, I think Sean of the South is a breath of fresh air! Thank you, Sean, for writing. Please continue!
H. J. Patterson - June 27, 2022 11:16 pm
Sean, just keep writing and we’ll keep reading. Haters are just gonna hate. Going to try and make the Columbiana gig in late August. Press on my friend.
SallyJo - June 27, 2022 11:19 pm
I ♥️ Sean of the South! Always have,always will. The most beautiful comment was from 15 year old girl from California. Your parents must be proud of you. You sound very levelheaded, and much more mature than 15. God bless us all.
thouse1001 - June 27, 2022 11:23 pm
That is one extremely, sadly, mislead soul who does not feel the heartbeat of real America. Sad for her. Thank God she is actually blind to that, and hopefully God will break through her hard shell of narrowmindedness. We’re with you.
Lisbeth - June 27, 2022 11:33 pm
I totally disagree with your “friend”. Keep up the good writing❤️
Bob hughes - June 27, 2022 11:39 pm
Sean, a dear friend of mine turned me on to you.
I agree there is too much anger at our US. We have much to offer and give as affirmed by the millions giving all the have for a chance at life in the US coming thru our southern border. I enjoyed your piece.
They fully do not under stand that we are a group of sovereign nations (states) agreeing to join a group of United States. This has been a struggle from our founding of a king versus full democracy.
I am amazed at your range of material.
Please keep up the good work, weather I agree or not.
Allen Berry - June 27, 2022 11:44 pm
I think the old girl needs a good, strong, laxative. Some folks can’t see the good in anything. Sucks to be them. Just keep being the good natured, good ole boy we need you to be and keep on the sunny side.
Ellen Clark - June 27, 2022 11:55 pm
Bless you for your positive Notes. Sorry for the unhappy people who refuse to se the good.
Judy Broussard - June 28, 2022 12:02 am
Wow!! Someone didn’t take their nice pill today. Keep on keeping on Sean. I love your columns
cathleen gotthelf - June 28, 2022 12:07 am
woah!!! so harsh and angry. sad that this is so common place now
Jackie Lavin - June 28, 2022 12:20 am
Just saw this and thought it was a good SHORT answer “don’t let the ugliness in others kill the beauty in you. “That kinda covers it for me about you Sean. You are so loved.
CHARALEEN WRIGHT - June 28, 2022 12:26 am
Margaret Moore - June 28, 2022 12:41 am
Noooooooo..never stop encouraging all the rest of us to look for the good! We depend on you. Love is stronger than hate.
Sherri Salvaggio Hill - June 28, 2022 1:09 am
Marsha Marsha Marsha……….
Ernie in River City - June 28, 2022 1:28 am
Read this this morning. Been thinking about it all day. Which says a lot because I have the attention span of a gnat. Sean, you’re a light in a dark world. Light brings heat. And some people don’t like heat. Keep shining your light. Keep warming our hearts. Know you are loved.
Carol Wheeler - June 28, 2022 1:44 am
You are too funny! Perfect response Lol
N3ØWULF - June 28, 2022 1:49 am
For all of you spouting hate towards “liberals and leftists”, have you not read Sean’s bio? “Sean Dietrich is a columnist, and novelist, known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, The Tallahassee Democrat, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, the Birmingham News, Thom Magazine, The Mobile Press Register, and he has authored seven books.” So yeah, we came to follow him honestly just like you did! But your biggest mistake is presuming I’m a “liberal or leftist”, because I assure you I’m not and I’ll use my 2A rights for what they were intended for, protecting all the other rights of my fellow man/woman from domestic terrorists like you! So before you assume you’ll “be on the side with all the guns”, I’m here to tell that many like me will be on the other side with our guns!
Barbara Smith - June 28, 2022 1:52 am
Just want you to know that your writings have sometimes made my day a little more beautiful. Thank you for that and keep on doing what you do because I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way!
Lynda Lindsey - June 28, 2022 2:10 am
Please don’t be discouraged about that hateful letter. I enjoy your writing because even in the midst of sadness and grief you still hold out hope and joy. I need that; the world needs that. Keep up the good work!
Miss Hattie - June 28, 2022 2:11 am
Dear Sean, Please do not take that lady seriously. God has given us a beautiful country for all the reasons you stated. We can see the beauty in this world or we can be angry and bitter. It’s our choice. I prefer to see the good and be happy. Just keep on writing, it’s good for the soul. Sometimes your writing makes me sad because I can feel your pain but most of time they make me laugh.
Melissa Norman - June 28, 2022 2:25 am
Please just don’t bother to read Sean’s articles if you do not agree with him. There are lots of us out in America who appreciate the hope and joy that he shows us almost daily. I believe that The United States of America is the best place on this earth to live and that is why people are willing to risk their lives to come here. It is not a perfect place, but, it is an incredible life. If you think your life stinks, decide that you want to make it better and get busy making changes. Change starts with the individual as that is the only one you have control over. Look at the person in the mirror and get busy. I have done this my whole life and it works!
Will Cagle - June 28, 2022 2:37 am
For those who are arguing their case against the recent abortion decision by the Supreme Court, let me quickly point out that these men and women of the court are Constitutional scholars. They were appointed to the court legally and their decisions are binding whether you agree with them or not. Over many many years of court decisions, you’ll find people on both sides of the debate. And that’s ok. But whileb both sides have the right constitutionally to agree or disagree, it’s not right to threaten violence against anyone for their viewpoint. You have the right to work through the system to try and get things changed. But spewing venomous words against others who disagree with you is not only a bad choice but certainly not a civil approach to debate. By the way, I keep a pocket size copy of the constitution with me, so I don’t need a lecture on it’s content
Diane Parsons - June 28, 2022 2:51 am
Nope. Don’t shut up.
Crystal Pariseau - June 28, 2022 3:27 am
Never stop writing, encouraging and telling beautiful stories. You bring so much joy to me daily since I found out about you. I’ve only been reading and following you for a month now. Your writings lift me up and start my day with positive happy thoughts.
One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch.
Margaret Hart - June 28, 2022 3:45 am
Hi – I just started following your blog a few months ago and I’ve thought it seemed contrived and perhaps a bit too goody-two-shoes. But it’s growing on me. I’m skeptical, cynical, & agnostic but most importantly I’m so frustrated and yes, angry too, about the state of affairs we’re in. So I read you blog, I feel your thread of a positive vibe, and it helps me think differently about how I start each day. Not all of us are 100% on board with you, but I’m choosing to let you help me feel good instead of listening solely to the politicians and media and trolls and haters. !
Marilyn - June 28, 2022 4:30 am
Someone needs a time out.
Keep your positive messages coming.
America needs more Sean District’s, that’s for certain.
Annie - June 28, 2022 5:44 am
How sad…if not a little frightening…that you would get an expletive riddled comment condemning your writing about the HEART of America. Self-righteous argument is not a passionate yearning to make a difference or solve a problem. It is the problem. Our passion is better spent on appreciating what we have (no matter how little it is,) devoting ourselves to sharing (teaching) the possibilities, and devoting our energy and hearts to each other. That is not a ‘you vs me’ mindset…it is a belief in us, ALL of us, working together. And that is the vision you share – an America filled with possibility, a population of generous and kind citizens who care deeply. And you have the gift and the courage to keep the dream alive. Thank you for your willingness to share your words…thank you, Sean, for your leadership.
Lisa Heileman - June 28, 2022 1:27 pm
Wow. Just know that each of us who read you have benefitted in some way. I will continue to buy your books, share your links and pray for you. Virtual Hugs. We all have some body out there that just oppose us. And that is the way it is. Guess it makes us stronger ger characters.
Amanda Huber - June 28, 2022 11:43 am
You’re doing what you should be doing. I hope you find comfort in hearing that. I was pushed out of a newspaper column position in our small town because of my positive/loving views. Someone will always be nasty. That’s why we cling to our faith for peace and have compassion on people who are jerks.
I have this taped to my desk in a very pretty font: People are jerks. Love them anyway.
Don Gardner - June 28, 2022 1:00 pm
The message just proves that the old adage, “misery loves company” is true. One of my biggest personal struggles is dealing with the negativity that surrounds us today. You deal with that very well. Thank you.
Judy Tayloe - June 28, 2022 1:16 pm
I know what you need. You need a big ole bear hug from Sean…he gives the BEST BEAR HUGS. Check his event calendar, find one close to you and be sure to attend. Then, after his show ends, stand in line for a bear hug. You won’t be disappointed!! And maybe buy one or two of his books before you leave.
Debbie Balling - June 28, 2022 2:27 pm
Don’t you dare shut up!
I read emails in the morning and I save yours for last since I consider your words to be my breakfast dessert. Please keep writing ❤️
Karen Snyder - June 28, 2022 2:42 pm
Rx: 1 hefty dose of castor oil. That should sort out the complainer’s misery in short order! It must be exhausting to perpetually drag around such a heavy load of hate and unhappiness, and I doubt that trying to offload it on others lightens the weight much.
Yes, things get ugly here from time to time. They have before – some of you have only a short timeline to measure against – and they will again, but all the more reason to look for the bright, the lighthearted, and the beautiful. Please, Sean, don’t stop sharing your light. PS: Your restraint here is classy and most admirable.
Brenda - June 28, 2022 2:58 pm
Stupidity abounds. Man, Sean doesn’t force you to read his columns!
Susan J Hawkins - June 28, 2022 3:35 pm
Sean, I need your focus on what is good and beautiful and kind and loving. It doesn’t help a broken world to focus on what’s wrong. America needs to be reminded of what America is at the bedrock, used to be, should be, and can be again. Keep telling your positive stories. Keep sharing the love from your heart. Far from being insensitive to the pain of the world, I see you expressing sorrow in a different way, by remembering and displaying what is worth mourning and what is worth fighting for. If you lose readers because of it, so be it. You cannot please someone who is determined to be angry. Thank you for faithfully sharing light.
Terry - June 28, 2022 3:56 pm
Well, I’ll say it this way… I view this person reacting in pain to the Hope which is reflected in your writing. Whatever it is that is broken they cannot allow Hope to soothe it.
When I read the words you write, it stirs up hope in my heart! Hope responding to the words you fearlessly and lovingly write and knowing what you’ve said will bless someone. Hope that stirs my heart to dream I could write so well as to be a blessing to those receiving those thoughts and ideas.
Keep writing & keep hope alive!
Cyndee - June 28, 2022 5:23 pm
She must lead a very miserable life. I have cancer and all the trimmings but I don’t think I would be alive if I had that attitude. I love reading your articles every day! TY
Lee Taylor - June 28, 2022 5:52 pm
Sad, the writer to Sean missed the whole point!!! Sean please keep encouraging us in these crazy times! THANKS
7annemac7 - June 28, 2022 7:52 pm
We need more people like you and your followers. Hang in there, Sean. I’m sure this is not the first nor the last mean person who reaches out to you in anger. There sure are a lot of angry people these days, huh?! Hope is not lost; God is still with us-loving us, all of us, right where we are. Sending a big ol’ HUG from one redhead to another. Peace.
Nora - June 28, 2022 8:19 pm
I’m so very sorry that this person has been so ugly to you. Misplaced anger has a way of showing it’s face in all the wrong places. It takes all of us to make this world a better place. I enjoy your daily post, they are very touching and full of reality. Thank You for being you !!! Be blessed
Denny Blaylock - June 28, 2022 8:35 pm
Keep up the good work, that being, spreading the message of hope and seeing the good in others. We are told ,that in this world, we will always be faced with tribulation, difficulties, challenges, problems, etc. And most days, it seems like we are attempting to solve a problem, have solved a problem, facing a new problem, etc. However, there is still plenty of good in the USA and we need to remain focused on the ‘good’ glass being half full vs half empty. So, let’s keep on keeping on spreading that message of hope!
Theresa N Collins - June 28, 2022 10:13 pm
I love you and my motto is “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it”. That was very harsh of of what’s her name. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Theresa
Authement - June 29, 2022 11:58 am
😂😂😂😂. I thought the last column was great!
Bill - June 29, 2022 2:35 pm
As my Momma used to say, “Well, bless her heart, because she needs it!” Sean, thank you for being you!
Pat Gilmer - June 29, 2022 3:45 pm
As you can tell by the use of intelligent language this person has never learned to think comparatively.
Dianne - June 29, 2022 5:06 pm
I am so sorry Sean. I had a totally different take on your America article than this person. I chose to remove myself from social media to avoid contact with angry people such as the one who wrote you this letter. I, too, believe in America and the good people and what nderful freedoms that we have among all the differences in our world. Thank you for always continuing to remind us. We need more Seans of the South!
Paula - June 29, 2022 7:14 pm
Ginny Andersen - June 29, 2022 7:46 pm
Your response made me laugh out loud. You get it! There is no point is responding to comments like that!
Darlene Fuehring - June 29, 2022 9:20 pm
So wrong on so many levels.
Melissa Claunch - June 29, 2022 10:18 pm
Dear Sean, thank you for your positive outlook. I’m not ready to jump off a cliff. Please keep writing, encouraging, and making me laugh. I love you! ❤️
Linda Hill - June 30, 2022 3:19 am
Oh wow! It’s amazing the way different people see things. I am acutely aware of everything awful that’s happening in our beloved country – but your column outlining all that’s still good warmed me. My late husband was the EPE of the Winston-Salem Journal – but even before we started our life together I was a “news junkie” – with an avid interest in national & international news. So I know pretty much what’s going on everywhere. There have been terrible tragedies in our family, including some that you’ve known-but if I still can’t see good around me I might as well give up as your angry letter writer has. I deeply appreciate your reminders of goodness – and when I go to sleep tonight I’ll thank God for all of them I’ve known or seen-and especially for you.
Ed (Bear) - June 30, 2022 11:21 am
The world is a beautiful place. Hate doesn’t belong. Hate is man made. The things man makes have a life expectancy.
You can find good in yourself by looking for good in others.
Kathy. - June 30, 2022 1:38 pm
Not okay. Such venom in that letter. Not everything you write is perfect. But you speak to so many with hope and love.
Kathy Chalker - June 30, 2022 2:01 pm
Lynn - June 30, 2022 3:25 pm
I appreciate your positivity and this person is sad to me. Take heart and keep writing.
Janice D-Silverhill - June 30, 2022 7:43 pm
This sounds like one miserable person!! Bless her heart! Never stop writing Sean!!
If you can’t say something good, then just don’t say anything.
Jas - July 1, 2022 12:18 am
“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Prv. 12:18
Thank you, Sean, for your words of healing.
c lyn burnette - July 1, 2022 10:12 am
Please pass this message to ‘Dear Friend’, keep your Sean hate spewing to yourself! Please. If you don’t like Sean, delete him from your choices & stop reading him.
Katie - July 1, 2022 2:57 pm
I don’t always agree, but I do care what you have to say. And obviously, a whole lot of other people care too.
I don’t agree with that person who wrote this. But I served my country in the Navy so she or he has the right to speak freely. Keep on doing what you do, you help many people and I have shed a tear or three over some of the wonderful things you’ve written.
Jan Yount - July 2, 2022 4:28 am
I so appreciate and love your writing. You speak to the heart, and make us all feel better😌. Nothing wrong with that in this world!
Craig Johnson - July 2, 2022 4:53 pm
I’m a little late to the comments on this one, I was too busy enjoying all the beauty that is the United States of America. I’ve traveled the world, there is no place I’d rather be then the USA. The person who wrote you about America not being the greatest has probably never been outside the country for an extended period of time.
You’re writing is what is great about humanity, not just America. Taking a subject and looking at the brighter side, learning from tragedy, or just eating at Nick’s in the Sticks. Roll Tide.
Anne Trawick - July 3, 2022 2:41 pm
Don’t you dare. Love your column and the hope you bring.
A - July 4, 2022 2:38 pm
Don’t stop writing. We need you too much.
Jesse - July 4, 2022 10:38 pm
“haters going to hate” someone in Hollywood said. Well, I just read your Mendon article, and you are a GREAT writer, I happen to have about 40 years of voracious reading experience, so, I believe I have the benefit of decades of information to use as the benchmark for what okay, and what’s great.
Diane - July 10, 2022 4:04 pm
Dear Sean…don’t listen to those who put you down because you try to be positive in this mixed up world right now. It’s people like you who keeps us going when we look for the positive in the world. Keep on with the writing. I appreciate you!!
JohnV2 - September 1, 2022 5:48 pm
Someone is having a bad day (or maybe life). Too bad they choose to focus on the half empty part of this country/life/etc. Hang in there Sean! Keep up the “Good Work”!!