Thanksgiving

When I lost my job, you were there. When I wrote my first book, you were there. When I lost my thirteen-year-old bloodhound. When I accidentally walked into an elderly woman’s hotel room to find her half naked.

Thanksgiving Eve, and I am writing you. I know you’re probably with family. Maybe Granny is with you. I don’t want to interrupt.

I only wish you knew how much you’ve changed my life. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that.

You see, I’ve been writing to you for four years. Just about every day. It’s one of the longest gigs I’ve ever had.

It started as a whim, now it’s life.

I’ve written from all sorts of places. The mountains of North Carolina, the hills of Arkansas, the Texas plains, the Arizona red rocks, the Rockies, beer joints in South Alabama.

You might not know this, but when I started this column—if you call it that—I didn’t like myself too much. And I didn’t like the pathetic jobs I worked.

I worked swinging hammers, running power drills, playing music in beer joints, and in Baptist churches. And I was tired.

But that changed the day I met you. And you can tell Granny I said that—in case she‘s reading over your shoulder.

I remember the exact day I decided to write you. I was laying tile in an old man’s house. A thought shot through my brain. It was a flash, but sometimes flashes mean things.

I thought: “What if I write a blog? Yeah, I could do that.”

Usually, these ideas enter in one ear and slide out the other. But that day I got excited about it. I went home and wrote a 250-word column. To you.

And that’s when we met.

You became everything to me. From then on, wherever I traveled, I thought of you.

I wondered which sorts of things you might care about, what kind of day you were having, whether you needed to laugh. So I tried. I tried to make you smile. I fail a lot. But I try.

I wondered if you ever felt alone, like I do. I wondered if you ever felt rejected, like I did. I wondered if you had ever lost somebody.

And after a year of writing, something happened.

People started emerging from the mosaic of life. They’d always been there, but I hadn’t seen them before. I was too selfish, and a little too blind to see them.

They were you. Good people. Strong people. Kids with cancer. Champions with cerebral palsy. Children with Down syndrome who know more about love than I ever will.

So I wrote about you. I wrote about grieving widows, the abused, and the cashier at Piggly Wiggly. Little Leaguers who were missing limbs. Dog enthusiasts. Bar musicians, prison baptisms, dying fishermen, potlucks, elderly people, Alabamians, Tennesseans, and one North Dakotan.

I didn’t even know North Dakota was real.

You became family. And you have been there for me whenever I needed you.

When I lost my job, you were there. When I wrote my first book, you were there. When I lost my thirteen-year-old bloodhound. When I accidentally walked into an elderly woman’s hotel room to find her half naked.

You are the reason I write about my father’s suicide—something I had never even spoken about before you came along.

And you wrote back to me. You were the kid who wrote me about your mother, dying in a car accident. You were the Methodist preacher who told me you were an alcoholic. The pregnant teenager.

You were with me when I visited my father’s grave after twenty-five years of nearly hating him.

You were kind. You told me I had talent, even though I didn’t believe you. You were Connie Baggett, Edna B., Jack Darnell, Tiffany Dumas, April Boone, Sarah Jane Foster, Peter Wong, Katie Huelsbeck, Tonye Frith, Dave Galloway, Lyle Sandquist. There are too many names to list.

You are the reason I’m writing this.

Right now, I envision you with family seated around a big table. Maybe you’re reading this on your phone before supper. So I’ll make this fast:

I wish I were there. I wish I could reach through this screen and hug you so hard your bones would creak.

But I can’t do that. All I can do is tell you how thankful I am for you. You turned a hopeless kid into a hopeful man. One day, when will meet on that Beautiful Shore, I will find you, hug your neck, and thank you for what you’ve done for me.

Eat a lot of food today. I love you.

Tell Granny I love her, too.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018.

213 comments

  1. Fran - November 22, 2018 6:42 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Sean. You are most definitely one of the top items on my list of things that I am grateful for in 2018. You remind me about priorities and what is real in this broken world . I appreciate you.

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    • Dianne Correll - November 22, 2018 5:41 pm

      I so agree with Fran! You are the breath of fresh air that we all need. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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  2. Sharon Schwalbach - November 22, 2018 6:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean…..and Thank You.

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  3. rhonda - November 22, 2018 6:46 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. MISTY TORTOMASI - November 22, 2018 6:48 am

    HAPPY THANKSGIVINGS!!!!!

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  5. Liz and Mac Petty - November 22, 2018 6:49 am

    We are currently living in Germany and we are so thankful that you bring a little bit of “home” to us every single day! Please don’t ever stop writing. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Tracy - November 22, 2018 6:51 am

    My 4 dogs are my family; we will celebrate each other! Your posts light up my day; I am thankful for you, also. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  7. Bill Fowler - November 22, 2018 6:56 am

    Sean, I did not know you until a few months ago when you were introduced to me by my girl-cousin in Alabama. Now I look forward to reading your writings every night just before I go to bed. I feel as if we are related, and I have known every person that you have written about. Bless you.

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  8. Connie Havard Ryland - November 22, 2018 7:05 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jamie. You have been a blessing to us all. I look forward to reading your column every morning; you remind us all to reach out of ourselves and see the world with different eyes. Much love from Alabama.

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  9. Jeanne Butler - November 22, 2018 7:07 am

    I love you too Sean. So glad I found your column. It helps to make my terrible days bearable. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet wife and long-eared dog.

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  10. Marylin Anderson - November 22, 2018 7:13 am

    Sean, I’m so glad you started your blog and glad I found it. Your stories touch us every day. Keep on writing and we’ll keep on reading. God bless you and Jamie. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. Sandi in FL. - November 22, 2018 7:22 am

    I appreciate you, too, Sean, and am grateful for the fact that you share your writing talent with us readers. You are worthy, valuable and important. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jamie.

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  12. B.E. Blue - November 22, 2018 7:32 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean. Keep writing.

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  13. Annette chandler - November 22, 2018 7:34 am

    Thank you, for entering our lives and helping us to believe there is still a lot of good in this world. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  14. Becky Lee - November 22, 2018 7:37 am

    You made my day with this blog. Hapoy Thanksgiving! You touch so many lives. Blessings for you, Jamie, and the dogs!!!

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  15. Becky Lee - November 22, 2018 7:39 am

    *Happy

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  16. Jknathan - November 22, 2018 7:52 am

    I’m in Germany near the Austrian border headed to Budapest and the first thanksgiving ever with no turkey. I’ll be back in Lower Alabama for a few days around Christmas but I felt my bones creak when you literarily (versus literally) hugged me. Thank you for what you do. You remind this Southerner of home when he’s far away. Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to your Granny if she’s there too.

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  17. Maureen A - November 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean! Thank you for being you and sharing…I am grateful for your blog and making me laugh and making me cry….first thing I read every morning. Hugs to you and Jamie

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  18. Jan Bruck - November 22, 2018 8:13 am

    You are an amazingly gifted man, and writer. Big hugs and Happy Thanksgiving from one of your grateful readers.

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  19. Shelley Williams - November 22, 2018 8:40 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to the man whose blog is one of the only ones I look forward to reading every day.

    By the way, I’m a grammar nazi and an avid proof-reader of my husband’s writing, so I couldn’t help but notice and point out to you your mistake: “One day, when will meet on that Beautiful Shore…” (I hope it doesn’t offend you, but I would want to know if I had written it.)

    Anyway, I love you. See you in the next blog post.

    With love and respect from Shelley – born in Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), raised in Texas (Go Astros!), and adopted by Alabama (Roll Tide Roll!) –

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  20. Toni Tucker Locke - November 22, 2018 8:51 am

    You make each day brighter, Sean. Those who call you out as a little too gushy just don’t understand how some of us really need to be baptized with some gushiness every now and again just to make life more bearable. This year I am VERY thankful for being introduced to you and your blog!

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  21. ROSEMARY FORSTROM - November 22, 2018 9:07 am

    Sean , your posts touch me. Today I sat down at the computer after calling 911 for a lift assist for my husband. My husband has Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.Our life has changed and I don’t often smile. You gave me a reason to smile. I am so glad you write and share your life with us. Thanks again and please be proud of the man you are. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  22. Pamela McEachern - November 22, 2018 9:48 am

    Finding your blog this year has been a blessing to me. Thank you. I hope all of your readers have a wonderful day with as much food as they can eat. Be sure to lie on your right side…your stomach empties out more quickly this way!
    Peace and Love and Happy Thanksgiving from Birmingham 🦃🙋‍♀️🐕🐈🐱

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  23. Marlene T - November 22, 2018 10:05 am

    I’m glad I found you too. I wish I knew how to get in contact with Edna B, I would have picked her up and brought her to your show in Gardendale in Sept. I love her sending hugs to you every day. Hope you and Jamie dear have a fabulous Thanksgiving too. I’m so proud of you my favorite Chip Monk.

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  24. Bonnie Specchio - November 22, 2018 10:06 am

    Sean I love you too! I look forward to finding you in my inbox every day. Your stories are amazing. Have a blessed Thanksgiving – Bonnie

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  25. Rebecca - November 22, 2018 10:08 am

    Thanks for the smiles, Sean.

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  26. Dottie Schang - November 22, 2018 10:11 am

    The awesome wonder of God’s people show up in your writings. I have grown to thoroughly enjoy reading your gifted words describing life, love, disappointment, testing, etc. The hug you described giving, I’ll pass on to my family today and think of you! Happy Thanksgiving Sean and Jamie. You are Loved!! Dottie in Indiana.

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  27. Mart Martin - November 22, 2018 10:12 am

    Perfect. And now, at 5:09 a.m., sitting in front of a fire in my home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, I’m going to start my annual list of things I am thankful for this year — and the One you wrote to is, as always, at the top of my list.

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  28. Camille - November 22, 2018 10:16 am

    Big ((((HUGS)))) for being one of the good guys! Thank you, Sean~

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  29. carolanncosperCarol - November 22, 2018 10:18 am

    happy Thanksgiving to you too friend as your words had inspired me also to write my blog!

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  30. Kelly - November 22, 2018 10:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jamie and your fur babies. I am so grateful to my friend, Teresa, who shared your blog with me. Your words make me laugh, cry, and remind me daily of the good in people. Thank you for holding on to that thought four years ago and sharing your words every day.

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  31. Nancy - November 22, 2018 10:52 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean, Jamie and Puppies! You teach me every day how it looks to be thankful for people, love and laughter. God sure knew what he was doing when he planted that thought in your head to write a blog. He knew we needed you as much as you need us. 💕

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  32. Marilyn Vance - November 22, 2018 10:54 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jamie and the pups! Today I am having lunch with friends…Saturday, with family…but I am thankful EVERY DAY for your columns that make me look beyond myself to others. I don’t see people in depth like you do, nor take the time to listen like you do, so I pray for that gift that I might make a difference LIKE YOU DO! Love to you all…give the pups an extra snuggle for me and I’ll do that here with my Pooh Bear!

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  33. Jean - November 22, 2018 10:54 am

    I am thankful I found you…or you found me..Doesn’t matter now…you brighten my days each morning with your sweet view of our southern lives. All uplifting…some that make you cry or make you laugh. It is the highlight of my morning emails. God bless you and how I wish I were at Granny’s house for Thanksgiving but they are sadly all gone on. I will however be at a good friends house. Can’t beat friends!!
    Sending love and a great dinner today my friend!

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  34. Annak - November 22, 2018 11:00 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Sean. You are one of the things that we have to be thankful for this year, and we want you to always know that. Thank you for every word that you have given to us from your heart, and know how much they mean to us. May you feel all the love that is being sent your way today!

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  35. Debbie - November 22, 2018 11:02 am

    I’ve only been reading these for less than a year but this one is good. Real good!

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  36. Edith Clark - November 22, 2018 11:03 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you. Your dogs, your wife, your mother-in-law. Your letters get me going.
    Have a very blessed day. Eat a whole lot.

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  37. SuAnne Cobb - November 22, 2018 11:15 am

    I am thankful for YOU, Sean. I look forward to reading your blog every morning. I love the way you notice people, pay attention to folks. It reminds me to do the same—to be present to the blessings all around me. Happy Thanksgiving to you & everyone you love.

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  38. Jane Crabtree - November 22, 2018 11:34 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  39. Dale (Ms) - November 22, 2018 11:35 am

    Sean, you are a bright beginning to my everyday! I cannot even describe how much I enjoy your blog. It’s as if this crazy world isn’t crazy anymore. I’m fortunate enough to be with family today even 2 great grandchildren! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  40. Janet Williams - November 22, 2018 11:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean! Hug that sweet wife of yours!

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  41. Kim - November 22, 2018 11:48 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean. You are talented, and we thank you.

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  42. Howard Humphreys - November 22, 2018 11:52 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from Austin…..Enjoy your day….Your writing is an inspiration to all…..

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  43. Cindy - November 22, 2018 11:56 am

    You may have done this and I missed it, but I would like to read your first blog. Have you ever reposted it? Thank you for the smiles and the tears you bring each day!

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    • Floyd Williams - November 22, 2018 12:16 pm

      Yes, Sean, please repost your first blog.

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  44. Lou - November 22, 2018 11:57 am

    Your writings are so relatable.Thanks
    Please continue to Pray for NW Florida’s hurricane recovery.

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  45. Sarah Hytowitz - November 22, 2018 11:57 am

    Thank you for writing these Blogs! You are my first cup of coffe every morning! I hope you and your wife and the dog have a wonderful day! My Jack Russell is reading over my shoulder!

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  46. Terri - November 22, 2018 12:08 pm

    As always, well said. I AM the granny. Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Suzanne - November 22, 2018 12:10 pm

    We start the day together most days Sean. It means a lot! Thank you!❣️

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  48. Leslie in NC - November 22, 2018 12:11 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean & Jamie! As I read your story this morning, I’m sitting outside in the cold crisp air, watching the deer feed and the sunrise over the North Carolina mountains. What a perfect God-given morning and a reason to give thanks for the beauty of the land and for family and for you, Sean. Thanks for doing what you do.

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  49. Susan - November 22, 2018 12:13 pm

    Sean – You have a gift for sharing the world with others. Some will never get to travel to places- but they have already been there with you! Thank you for finding wonder and sharing it – including the wonder of Thanksgiving. Wishing you an awesome day and an amazing year! Thankful for YOU!

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  50. Judy leonard - November 22, 2018 12:17 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean! I started reading your column because you remind me a little of Lewis Grizzard with your with and “Southernisms”. P,ease continue to do what you do. You make us stop and think about the little things and to be thankful for all things!

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  51. Jo Ann - November 22, 2018 12:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Sean. We are all so thankful for you & for our lives. You show us the good of the world like no one else does. We are blessed by you.

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  52. Norma Norton - November 22, 2018 12:22 pm

    Sean- I love you back- I am an 85 year old living alone- but I am blessed – I have wonderful family, my church and friends that are always here for me. Happy Thanksgiving

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  53. Jill - November 22, 2018 12:23 pm

    Sean, You beat everything, you know that? Thankful for you and your column that starts my days with a grateful heart. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  54. Nancy McEntee - November 22, 2018 12:25 pm

    I’ve laughed with you and cried, rejoiced, scratched my head,and sat in silence with you. Your words are magical. I’m thinking you are a brother from another mother. Rejoice.

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  55. Sally Sanders - November 22, 2018 12:32 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean. Thank you. ❤️

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  56. Debbie - November 22, 2018 12:32 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! The people who started “coming out of the woodwork” have been here all along, as you suspected. We just tend to stay quiet and keep to ourselves in this “Hey, look at me!” world that we live in.

    Thank you for putting things in perspective and reminding us to keep looking for the good in everyone. God bless you!

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  57. Moody Jim - November 22, 2018 12:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean!! Thanks for sticking with it these years. You are much appreciated in our household. God bless ✞

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  58. Bonnie Stiles - November 22, 2018 12:34 pm

    I don’t know if you read all these comments, but IllI share mine anyway. I read your blog every day, and I want to know that you do make me laugh, and cry, and think, and look around me with new eyes. You touch my heart. So today I am thankful for you!

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  59. Karen - November 22, 2018 12:37 pm

    I would love to read your first blog. My brother told me about you, and now I read your words every morning. Your words really are magical. Thank you.

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  60. Susan Self - November 22, 2018 12:37 pm

    Thank you for noticing us. Thank you for telling our stories. Thank it for making us feel it’s worth it. Happy Thanksgiving Day Sean.

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  61. Susan Kennedy - November 22, 2018 12:37 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean! You are loved!💙

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  62. Lee Green - November 22, 2018 12:42 pm

    I have only recently come to know you, but i start my day now being inspired and motivated by your words. Thank you so much for the gift you give everyday. I am grateful a friend shared you with me.

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  63. Cynthia Harmon - November 22, 2018 12:42 pm

    You’ve brought me a lot of peace, love, and hope in the years that I’ve been reading your blogs. You’re family to me and all the rest of your readers. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  64. Juanita Cordle - November 22, 2018 12:42 pm

    Sean, right after I read my devotion and verse of the day, your column is next in line right at the top of the inspiration that starts my day. I’m grateful for seeing the world through the lens of your eyes and the feelings from your heart. You are loved, too!

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  65. Cathi - November 22, 2018 12:49 pm

    Sean, sending that bone creaking hug back to you. My day doesn’t start right if I don’t read your words so now Thanksgiving can truly begin. You, Jamie, Thelma Lou & Otis have an outstanding Thanksgiving & eat as much as you can hold!

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  66. Angie - November 22, 2018 12:50 pm

    Thank you Sean!!! I soooo enjoy reading your blog every day.

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  67. Pamela Verbel - November 22, 2018 12:54 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean.

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  68. chatfield84 - November 22, 2018 12:57 pm

    And dear Sean, we are so thankful for you. You are full of wonder and awe; I’ve laughed with you and let the tears fall with you. Blessings to you & Jamie.

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  69. Carol - November 22, 2018 1:01 pm

    We’re family now ! For better or worse!
    I can’t let you go , I need to hear from you every day. , even the ones when you make me cry!
    A few years ago , I WAS FULL Of LIFE. WORKING ,GOING OUT WITH FRIEND’s having a good ole time in my 60’7o’s and then I got sick. And now I sit at home , trying not to disrupt my children’s routine or get in their way, not that they don’t ask me out. But sometimes I feel
    They need their space and time.
    So thank you Sean for knowing I’m here when I want to tag along with them.
    Keep me company and I know if you could , I’d go for a ride in that truck with you and Jamie and thoes precious furbabies and I’d be young and healthy again!
    Hugs, HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
    Love ya!!

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  70. LYNDA CLEMONS - November 22, 2018 1:01 pm

    You’re wrong about one thing – we didn’t change you. You changed through your willingness to open yourself to others. By doing this you have gained new and deep respect for your life and experiences. By sharing yourself you have made such a difference in so many lives, ergo, how could you not be fulfilled? Happy thanksgiving, Sean!

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  71. Jane - November 22, 2018 1:03 pm

    Happy giving thanks day to you too, dear Sean! You help us all remember that every day is a day to give thanks to God and each other! Thank you. Jane

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  72. Charlie - November 22, 2018 1:07 pm

    Sean …..Always thankful for you! Glad you came into my life…..Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

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  73. Peggy Savage - November 22, 2018 1:07 pm

    You are my smile maker, tear jerker and new best friend . I found you several months ago and you have brightened my day ever since. HAPPY Thanksgiving special friend….

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  74. Joyce Eiland - November 22, 2018 1:10 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  75. Steven P Bailey - November 22, 2018 1:10 pm

    We all love you,too.

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  76. Nancy Lane - November 22, 2018 1:11 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving

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  77. Laurence - November 22, 2018 1:14 pm

    Thanks

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  78. Cindy Watson - November 22, 2018 1:17 pm

    Please let me know if you ever perform near Greenville, South Carolina!

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  79. Dee - November 22, 2018 1:19 pm

    I’m thankful that I get to read these lovely words of yours everyday!

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  80. Becky St. John - November 22, 2018 1:20 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving with love and gratitude! I look forward to opening your email every morning. Your writing is a special gift that keeps on giving. It connects me to my late father and wonderful memories of Baker, Crestview and the beautiful panhandle beaches. Thank you!

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  81. Pats y morgan - November 22, 2018 1:22 pm

    I am thankful for you when I read your stories! This is how I begin my day! I want positive thoughts to begin my day. Thank you for using your talent. How tragic it would have been for us if you had not found yourself!

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  82. Susie - November 22, 2018 1:23 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wife and babies. Aren’t spouses and dogs the best! Thank you for your writings. I look forward to reading them every day. I love you

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  83. Kathy M Hornsby - November 22, 2018 1:25 pm

    Thank you for being my morning cup of coffee companion every day. You are awesome !

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  84. R. King - November 22, 2018 1:27 pm

    Today I am thankful for writers that can touch the hearts of so many. Thank you for your beautiful gift of words. Everyday you warm my heart, make me smile, bring me to tears, or inspire joy. You are a blessing and one of the BEST. May your Thanksgiving be filled with the love and gratitude that you so freely give to a hurting world. I am thankful for YOU. You have magic in your words.

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  85. LeAnne Martin - November 22, 2018 1:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean! I am thankful for you, your gift of writing, your stories, your humor, and your heart for others. God is using you to bless and encourage other people, and I’m glad to be one of them. Have a beautiful day.

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  86. Terrie - November 22, 2018 1:29 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, including the pups ! I read your blog every morning after my Bible devotion. THANKYOU for being the champion of we the the underdogs. THANKYOU for pointing out beauty in a mixed up world. Terrie

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  87. Carol - November 22, 2018 1:32 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, to everyone especially you and yours. 🍁🦃

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  88. Phillip Saunders - November 22, 2018 1:32 pm

    Sean, we are also thankful for many things, too, including you. I’m glad you had that “mountain-top” tile laying experience that day so long ago. Let’s see, 4 years @ 365 days per, that’s 1,460 articles! Keep blogging along, you magnificent blogger you.

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  89. Mary Pettit - November 22, 2018 1:37 pm

    Thank you Sean, and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I met you a year or so ago at a talk you gave in Mobile. I’d come straight from work and still had on my name tag from a Shell gas station. You hugged me and said, “You’re my people!” I loved that. I’m thankful for you too.

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  90. Susan Swiderski - November 22, 2018 1:39 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, you sweet man. I’m so grateful you got that epiphany about writing a blog, because your words have reached and touched sooooo many people. In a divisive society like the one we’re living in right now, your words matter more than ever. Your viewpoint and your gratitude matter. Matter of fact, your column should be required reading in the hallowed halls of our government so our politicians could have a better grasp and appreciation of the people they’re supposed to be serving. Your words are a blessing… YOU are a blessing. And don’t you ever forget it!

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  91. Brenda Kern - November 22, 2018 1:41 pm

    Wow! You never cease to amaze me. Great job. I love your columns, I love you, Jamie and your bloodhounds… Thanks for the more pick me up.

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  92. Trina V. - November 22, 2018 1:43 pm

    Thank you for the words you have written…for the laughter and the tears they bring, for the memories they awaken in me, for sharing the good in a world that seems so full of bad. I’m thankful you decided to put your words and thoughts down into that very first column. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jamie, Thel, and Otis.

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  93. Ted - November 22, 2018 1:47 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean… Hope you have a great day!!

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  94. Melissa Armstrong - November 22, 2018 1:53 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean, to you and Jamie and your fur babies. 🐾🐾

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  95. Brenda - November 22, 2018 2:01 pm

    I wish you knew how much you’ve changed my life.

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  96. Penny Owens - November 22, 2018 2:02 pm

    I’m thankful for you! I start everyday with your column and it gets me moving on those days when I need some extra hope or just a reminder I am blessed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jamie and especially to your fur babies Thelma Lou and Otis from my fur babies Cornelius and Sarah!

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  97. Veronica Sexton - November 22, 2018 2:02 pm

    Thank you, Sean! I love reading your words every morning before I start my day. You remind me to be kind, show love and to be grateful for everything. Especially, the small things. May God richly bless you and keep you.

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  98. Karen Irby - November 22, 2018 2:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean! I love you! All the best to your family and eat all the Thanksgiving food you can handle!

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  99. June - November 22, 2018 2:09 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean! Have a wonderful, blessed day.

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  100. HT - November 22, 2018 2:09 pm

    “God Sparks” is what my now departed Bob called these flashes…he was just that in my life; 11 years we shared, sparks flying…giving thanks today for him, that time and the memories

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  101. Marcia Zuhlke - November 22, 2018 2:13 pm

    I look forward to visiting with you every morning. It’s usually how I start my day. I think I discovered you about six months ago when a friend of mine posted your blog on FB. Thanks for your daily dose of your look at life. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  102. Johnny - November 22, 2018 2:14 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We are all thankful for you coming into our lives with your articles. Keep up the good work.

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  103. Garnet Faulkner - November 22, 2018 2:15 pm

    Thank you Sean! Peace and love to everybody on this day of thanks!

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  104. Joy - November 22, 2018 2:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for saving me!

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  105. D moore - November 22, 2018 2:16 pm

    Back at you brother. Your blog is like a little piece of chocolate for me…I save it all day until I get a quiet moment & can take in the “good”. Thank you for you. Love & hugs back. My dog says hi too.

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  106. Melanie - November 22, 2018 2:17 pm

    Thank you Sean. Some of us – many people – have ‘different’ circumstances and holidays can be tough. I’d like to thank you for helping to ease that toughness. For everyone not able to spend a holiday the way they’d like to – military, working, alone, sick – whatever… I hope somehow you can also enjoy the feeling of a stranger wishing you well. ❤️

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  107. Anne Chandler - November 22, 2018 2:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean. I’m thankful we met.

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  108. Debbie Britt - November 22, 2018 2:20 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean! Thanks for bearing your soul and touching our lives! 😍

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  109. Edna B. - November 22, 2018 2:21 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean. I love your post today. I started blogging eleven years ago shortly after my hubby passed on. It became a comfort for me and I’ve met a lot of really awesome folks. I am so glad that you began blogging. The first thing I do when I sit down with my morning coffee is to read your post. It’s such an uplifting way to start my days.

    Today I will celebrate with my little dog Pogo. My family and friends are scattered, but we are all close through our phones and blogs. Pogo and I want to wish you and Jamie, and Thelma Lou and Otis a most wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Pogo sends special woofs to the doggies. We love you, hugs, Edna B.

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  110. Marilyn Cook - November 22, 2018 2:21 pm

    I look forward to your blog every day! Thanks!! Happy Thanksgiving to you nand your extended family!!! God bless!

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  111. Christy - November 22, 2018 2:23 pm

    I am thankful for YOU! I read your email as soon as I wake up each day and it puts me in a great mind frame. I hope you, your beautiful wife, and sweet fur babies have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  112. Jones - November 22, 2018 2:24 pm

    Yet another excellent writing. Thank you sharing so many personal stories and touching our hearts.

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  113. Judy - November 22, 2018 2:25 pm

    My mother died the Friday of Labor Day weekend 2 years ago. My Daddy had died 3 years previously after a courageous battle with cancer. I knew how important flowers were when you leave their graves that first time. I wanted to leave flowers to cover my mother’s raw grave after her burial on Labor Day. The problem was that all the florists were closed for the holiday. One local florist offered to make what I wanted for an highly exorbitant fee that I simply could not pay. I posted on FB a plea for someone to help me find some pink roses for mother’s grave. An old friend was sitting at the Auburn game and she reached out to me offering that her husband, a florist, would help me. We spoke later and he personally delivered exactly what I wanted to the funeral. Later he and I became FB friends and he shared your stories from his feed. I began reading your stories and found them to be so comforting – like a balm to my wounds. You have blessed me and I have shared you with others. Thank you for being real and so open. Thank you for seeing and pointing out the beautiful. I hope you eat a lot of turkey and fixins’ …and don’t stop writing. I believe it helps you, but it helps others like me so much more.

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  114. Susan Hatfield - November 22, 2018 2:27 pm

    We love you too, Sean. You have enriched my life more than you know. My Husband of 22 years left me last year to” do his own thing” and you helped me gain perspective. Love you and hope you eat way too much today.

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  115. Mark Adamson - November 22, 2018 2:27 pm

    I look forward to reading your emails every day.

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  116. Bev deJarnette - November 22, 2018 2:27 pm

    Sean,
    Thank you for your blogs. I like to read them after my daily devotions and now your blogs always seem to weave it’s way into the thoughts that I have just read. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. Wouldn’t it
    be a hoot if we had a “Sean” get together 😍. I would imagine we would be from all walks of life, all ages and genders, races and religions!
    I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings and please continue to share your precious gifts and insights with us. We don’t always say something each day but we all have been touched by your heart!!

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  117. Robin Cox - November 22, 2018 2:31 pm

    Happy thanksgiving Sean!

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  118. Jane Vaught - November 22, 2018 2:32 pm

    My day wouldn’t be complete without reading your blog, I look forward to what you have to say. I am thankful for what you have to say because it touches my heart. Be blessed Sean

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  119. Diane - November 22, 2018 2:54 pm

    And we love you back. Can’t wait to see you in Gadsden in January!! I’m gonna claim that hug.

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  120. Linda Robertson - November 22, 2018 2:57 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I love to read your blogs and I even send them to my children when they relate. Keep up the good work. You have been a blessing to many

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  121. Becki McCallum - November 22, 2018 2:58 pm

    Love you and Jamie too Sean! Hope you all have a wonderful day.

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  122. Bobby - November 22, 2018 3:03 pm

    Happy Giving Thanks Day to you and Jamie! I am thankful for the day I was introduced to your writings a few years ago. It replaced the void left by the late Lewis Grizzard. You are as close to his reincarnation as can be. I was also blessed to meet you and Jamie in Ozark, Al last Spring. It ranks up there with my meeting Nick Saban and Gene Stallings.

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  123. Nancy Hillyer - November 22, 2018 3:03 pm

    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I start my day reading your columns and I would be lost without them. Thank you for writing. I hope you speak in Bowling Green, Kentucky some time. I’ll be there to see you.

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  124. Janice Hammett Smith - November 22, 2018 3:04 pm

    There was some unidentifiable emotion floating in my head this morning … until I read this. It made me cry because it was so real. Thank you. Now I feel thankful.

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  125. WB Henley - November 22, 2018 3:17 pm

    It’s obvious from the comments how many people you have deeply touched over the years. You are indeed a blessing. Thank you!

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  126. Lisa Snow - November 22, 2018 3:28 pm

    Thank you for reminding us to slow down and really see all of the beauty that surrounds us. You are beautiful Sean and loved.

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  127. John - November 22, 2018 3:31 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean, to you and your family (and the dogs, too). I have been enjoying your column or blog, or whatever the correct term is, for quite some time. Thanks for the friendship. Give your furry family some turkey, too!

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  128. Ann - November 22, 2018 3:33 pm

    Oh, Sean! Thank you for seeing us and for sharing yourself with us so eloquently. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! Consider yourself hugged!

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  129. Sue - November 22, 2018 3:36 pm

    Thank you for being there to brighten my day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! 🤗

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  130. David Jones - November 22, 2018 3:37 pm

    And we love you. Don’t ever leave us.

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  131. Don - November 22, 2018 3:39 pm

    And from an 82 year old man: I love you too! You make my day, most times. You make me think. You make me thankful to God for life, love and liberty. Amen!!

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  132. Brenda - November 22, 2018 3:39 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family! You have helped those who read your blog as much as we have helped you. Please know you are loved!

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  133. Janet Mary Lee - November 22, 2018 3:48 pm

    You are…something else!! Thank you for your beautiful posts, and thank you for being genuine. What would we do without you!! You are such a moment of Thankfulness in our day for all of us! Enjoy the day, as much as we love and enjoy you sharing with us! Eat hearty, as you live!!

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  134. Dale - November 22, 2018 3:55 pm

    Glad you took the blog plunge, Sean! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  135. Betty - November 22, 2018 3:56 pm

    I am so thankful that I saw your article in a magazine & checked out your blog. I just wish I had known about you sooner. You bring laughs & tears to my life & the people I share you with enjoy you too. One told me she was printing off everyone of your blogs to keep as she enjoyed them so much. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving & I look forward to that hug. As I’m 82 I’ll probably be waiting there for you to arrive many years later.

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  136. Gary Earl Jones - November 22, 2018 4:20 pm

    I discovered you after your first blog post about spending the weekend at Camp Beckwith with the Episcopalians. Reading your posts has been a part of my morning routine ever since. “Thanks be to God”

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  137. Jan - November 22, 2018 4:26 pm

    You and your blog are a blessing to so many! You make us see things we would miss and feel what we were made to feel – LOVE! I am thankful for you and your wonderful ability to see the very best in everyone each day when I read your post! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

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  138. Robert Killian - November 22, 2018 4:30 pm

    I read your blog every day. Your column is just a moment each day that I forget about the MAD MAD WORLD we live in. Thank you for sharing. God Bless rsk

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  139. jcmar10 - November 22, 2018 4:41 pm

    Happy thanksgiving! Your blog is a bright point in my day. Keep on telling stories!

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  140. Dwana Myers - November 22, 2018 4:43 pm

    Hello Sean…I’m Granny (actually my 14 grandchildren call me Nonna). I live in a cabin in the woods of rural Mississipi. You & I have been friends for almost a year & I’m so thankful for our friendship. Thanks for who you are & what you do – it REALLY matters! Happy Thanksgiving 2018!

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  141. Cindy - November 22, 2018 4:51 pm

    Thank you for starting off my days with a smile and grace! Especially on those days when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed feeling a little bit grumpy and ungrateful for all of my blessings. Keep up the good work and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  142. sholmes53 - November 22, 2018 4:54 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean! I count you as one of my blessings~

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  143. Didi C. - November 22, 2018 4:56 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Know your dad is so proud of you as you shed the darkness and bring light, love and laughter into the lives of others! We treasure your insights and your experiences that you share through your words. God’s richest blessings on you and all those around you…..including the dogs!!!

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  144. Kathy Daum - November 22, 2018 4:56 pm

    I’ve mentally hugged you so many times. Happy Thanksgiving! And bless you and your family!

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  145. jnearen2013 - November 22, 2018 4:58 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean and Merry Christmas to you and your family. You don’t know me and probably never will, but we spend time together most days. So, friend, keep it up.

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  146. stephanie jewell - November 22, 2018 5:00 pm

    My first-ever comment for you – As a reader, I always enjoy your daily “blog”. It smacks with compassion and understanding; you write about so many different situations – all entertaining and thoughtful. THANK YOU!

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  147. Nancy Bruce - November 22, 2018 5:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I feel blessed to have discovered your blog. Each post speaks to my heart and makes me want to be a better person.

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  148. Donna Mess - November 22, 2018 5:12 pm

    🦃HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS! You are a blessing to many! Thank you for the smiles and tears and things to ponder!

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  149. Cathleen Blackwell - November 22, 2018 5:21 pm

    Sean, I start every day with you and your beautiful words! My day would not be complete without them! Thank you! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Cathleen Blackwell, Birmingham Alabama

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  150. Lori Carlisle - November 22, 2018 5:34 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean. Thank you for helping me see the good when this World can be so dark.

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  151. Pat - November 22, 2018 5:53 pm

    I so badly wanted to meet you when you came to Robinson Springs Methodist Church, but, the good tickets were gone by the time I found out you were coming, so I got to see you but not meet you. As I read your article I was thinking that I might just have to wait until I get to Heaven to meet you and hug your neck. And, then you wrote what I was thinking…so, if not before, I know that we will meet on that Beautiful Shore and I’m gonna hug your neck!
    Thank you so much for enriching my life!

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  152. GaryD - November 22, 2018 6:37 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  153. Gloria Jones - November 22, 2018 6:40 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed your writings so much. Many of them I felt were written just for me. Thanks & God Bless you!

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  154. Heather - November 22, 2018 6:54 pm

    What a blessing you are. I love to laugh and cry at the same time and get to do that nearly every time I read what you write. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Heather in Minnesota (also a real place!)

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  155. Donna Burson - November 22, 2018 7:09 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sean. You and your writings are wonderful!

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  156. Marcia MacLean, Lynn Haven - November 22, 2018 7:24 pm

    You’re on my thankful list…and I recognize most of the names you listed. I always look forward to their comments each day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  157. Wadena - November 22, 2018 7:24 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your’s❣️ Never stop writing; you are an inspiration and a breath of fresh air!

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  158. Carol Pepper - November 22, 2018 7:39 pm

    Thank you, Sean! You just made my day!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🍁🌾🍂

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  159. Jenn C. - November 22, 2018 7:59 pm

    I don’t know why it took me so long to find you. I’ve only been reading your life thoughts, sentiments and stories for a few months now. But in those few months, I have found, both in your writing and in those who respond, kindred souls. People who are real, truthful, full of love; but also full of the hurt that life can bring.
    I feel we all come together to read your stories, not just be entertained, but also so we can feel connected to what is real in this world in such an uncertain and crazy time. Thank you for pouring your heart out. Thank you fir being real. I needed this in my life.

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  160. Debbie Galladora - November 22, 2018 8:12 pm

    Thankful for you…

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  161. Jane Carr - November 22, 2018 8:20 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and family, Sean. And Thelma Lou too. We love you and your writing!

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  162. Marinan Brewer - November 22, 2018 8:22 pm

    U are such a good person to do this for us!! TKS
    We

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  163. Margarita - November 22, 2018 8:59 pm

    Thanks for being real. Thanks for being YOU.
    We all love you Blessings to you this day of Thanksgiving, and always.

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  164. Nita Henley - November 22, 2018 8:59 pm

    I look forward to spending time with you everyday. I put you right up there with Ken Davis!

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  165. Richard Cotton - November 22, 2018 9:02 pm

    Sean, happy Thanksgiving to you, your wife, your Mother and, of course, your bloodhounds, both living and dead. You (your blogs) are a blessing to me and many others. Keep on writing, please.

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  166. Katherine Colbert - November 22, 2018 9:36 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sean and co. I’ve only been reading for a couple of months and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you. I have smiled, chuckled and cried. many blessings on you.

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  167. Dottie Doherty - November 22, 2018 9:40 pm

    Hi Sean.
    We cooked a big meal at my church today. We had about 40 people come and bring the sides and dessert. We had Eucharist first because that what we Episcopalians do. We ate, had a little tea or wine, sang a couple songs and took home food for later. We had 2 homeless ladies come and they took lots of food with them. It was a good day.
    Now we mhome lyong on the couch resting up before I tackle picking the bones of those 3 birds toI make turkey soup and hoping I hear from my three kids. Hope the rest of you day went well.

    I’m thankful for lots of things today and one of them is a bearded red headed guy who makes me smile every day. Love Dottie

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    • Tracey Mason - November 22, 2018 10:02 pm

      Thank you Sean Dietrich for your words have been such an inspiration in my life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  168. Donna - November 22, 2018 10:21 pm

    I give Thanks for having been “introduced” to you & Jamie too Sean. Pretty much can’t say enough good things about how much GOOD you deliver. Wishing you and your a crushingly Happy Thanksgiving! <3

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  169. quicksilver99 - November 22, 2018 10:49 pm

    Sean…like you I am a writer of sorts, sure I self-published a couple of books, even have them on Amazon. Lot of good that does? I don’t pay a publisher to hawk my stuff, I can’t afford to spend money promoting my books. Most of the books that sold I gave away to friends. I had no hope of getting on any best seller list. I read your story daily and they hit a spot each day, some good some I would rather not remember. Like loosing my wife of 23 years or our Schnauzer at age 15!
    Today as I ate Thanksgiving alone I am thankful for so much, not the least of which is a red headed writer from Alabama. Thanks for lifting my spirits.
    J. Bryant Ray
    North Georgia

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  170. Joe Vanden Heuvel - November 22, 2018 11:04 pm

    I love you man.

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  171. Brenda McLaine - November 22, 2018 11:34 pm

    I love you Sean and all you stand for!

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  172. Roy Parker - November 22, 2018 11:50 pm

    Sean, it is such a pleasure to find your column when I click on my in box every morning. Living in Mobile, I can especially relate to your stories and reflections on life on the gulf coast. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jamie. God bless and keep you both.

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  173. Mary Anne Weisiger - November 23, 2018 12:31 am

    Sean! I am in your part of the south for Thanksgiving and I’d love to come visit you while I’m here! I’m not too far from Wicksburg, Al. ,where 4 of my “grands “ go to school.I am flying in and out of Panama City and I drive up and down 79. Are you anywhere close? I read you everyday and you are such an encouraging soul! Let me hear from you this weekend if you want to visit with a fan from Tx. Blessings, Mary Anne

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  174. Marla J - November 23, 2018 1:07 am

    Happy thanksgiving to you, too, Sean, and to your lovely wife. You are a wonderful writer and you are helping me to engage more with those whom I encounter. You are an inspiration to me. I am thankful for you.

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  175. Jean Merritt - November 23, 2018 1:29 am

    I am sooo thankful a friend sent me your blog. Every day there is something worth sharing, however you see it! It brings a chuckle, an empathetic thought, and lifts me up EVERY single day… my husband enjoys hearing them as we travel especially the Alabama ones. We are with you on this journey…!

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  176. Betty lisle - November 23, 2018 2:01 am

    You’re the best! And u inspire all of us to be better people. Don’t ever stop believing in yourself! Hugs and happy thanksgiving today and everyday!

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  177. Shelton Armour - November 23, 2018 2:09 am

    Your stories always invoke thought, some laughter and grins, a few ‘thank you’s’, and even a few tears. Thanks back at you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  178. Alan W Day - November 23, 2018 2:34 am

    Happy Thanksgiving back at you, Sean, and to all of those who’ve come to love the side of ourselves you Bri,g out. Thank you again, Sean.

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  179. Nix - November 23, 2018 2:35 am

    I am reading this alone. My house is quiet. My kid, who is my whole world, went with his other parent for the weekend. Your stories help me to feel better. Thank you for sending them to my mailbox. All my gratitude,

    Nix

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  180. Nancy Hall - November 23, 2018 2:37 am

    Special as always.

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  181. karanb13 - November 23, 2018 2:47 am

    Sean, thank you for reminding us often of the good in this old world. You’re a light, so let it shine, shine, shine all the time!

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  182. bob stoddard - November 23, 2018 2:56 am

    Hey Sean;
    Granny isn’t here. She’s gone now, and mom. I’m the Granddad now. I’m watching the Saints, and they’re winning, so that is good. Had turkey and dressing and all the rest, and then S’mores on the patio. My own children and grandchildren live far away, and I lost my first wife after 44 years. Miss her still. But I met another wonderful woman and she led me to Christ. Baptized for the first time at age 70. Today my wife’s daughter and her husband and their 15 year old daughter were my family, as they have been since we married ten years ago. I asked them to each share three things they were thankful for. Worked out well. Family was high on everybody’s list.
    You are a friend. You were introduced to me by a friend who reads your vastly important essays about the glorification of love, friendship, caring, and humility. You are an extremely valuable person. You are reaching so many hearts, and Boy, do we need that! Never stop believing in yourself.
    My three things were the church, my wife who led me to it, and my family, both the new one and the old one. But you were on the list….

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  183. Hilda Thomas - November 23, 2018 3:26 am

    Sean, you make every day a day of Thanksgiving with your words, as you share the beauty and blessings that God has given us. You show us the riches that money can not buy! You are a blessing that slows our busy lives down to feel the peace all around us! May you be blessed as we look forward to many years of your writing!!

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  184. dogsdolls - November 23, 2018 3:44 am

    I am new to your blog but oh how I love you already. Thank you for caring so much.

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  185. Michael Hawke - November 23, 2018 4:14 am

    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. You make this life a better place.

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  186. Linda Southern - November 23, 2018 4:23 am

    ❤️

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  187. Barbara Knight - November 23, 2018 4:43 am

    Sean I just recently found your blog and it has added to my husband and my life. In this crazy world you shine a light onto important things and people in our lives that we might have gotten to busy to pay attention to. We are busy but you remind us to stop and smell the roses. Ok, maybe it’s not roses but the sweat from my three grandsons football jerseys after practice. And we are so lucky to have that experience.

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  188. Carrie - November 23, 2018 12:22 pm

    You have GREAT talent! Thank you for sharing as you do, and helping us all know how to share, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  189. Cathy - November 23, 2018 1:44 pm

    May God continue to bless you. Thank you for all you do!

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  190. Candy Clark - November 23, 2018 3:07 pm

    Be blessed Sean Dietrich! You make my heart happy and remind all of us how good the world is! Have Faith, you are fulfilling what God has asked you to do! YOU are a gift and I THANK YOU!! With Love – Candy, a girl from remote Idaho

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  191. Bobbie - November 23, 2018 4:10 pm

    You are such a blessing to us….we love you too!

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  192. Melissa Claunch - November 23, 2018 6:16 pm

    Sean, we love you too! You help us see the good in people. You help us remember we are not the only person in the world with a serious problem, heart ache, or struggle. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for starting a blog. Love and hugs to you, Jamie, and the kids (pups)!

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    • Cathy Moss - November 23, 2018 9:33 pm

      Sean, I think you have blessed your readers with the medicine so many of us need. One of hope, goodness and kindness. You have a gift and thank you for sharing that with so many folks who just need a pat on the back. Keep it up. I can’t say thank you enough. Cathy Moss

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  193. Ann Easley - November 23, 2018 6:24 pm

    God bless you Sean – you have blessed my life – and thanks to a visit to Montgomery Alabama you blessed me with one of your hugs – I told you then and it is still true / you make me want to be a better person. Merry Christmas with love. Ann

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  194. Ronnie Coppock - November 23, 2018 7:00 pm

    You are talented and you make a difference – our family has experienced multiple suicides- my wife is battling Pancreatic cancer – my daughter battles Cystic Fibrosis every day- and to your chagrin, we live in Auburn
    But you continue to help me understand that life is beautiful even when found in the supposed ordinary
    Thank you for believing in yourself enough to share your talent with us
    And – if I have any advice – listen to Jason Isbell’s lyrics – there is magic there-
    And – how does one write to you

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    • Sandi in FL. - November 24, 2018 12:37 am

      Check on Sean’s website and see if there’s a place to leave a note there.

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  195. Jack Darnell - November 23, 2018 11:25 pm

    I have never met anyone who believes in others more than you. Seeing my name in your column, sorta puts a feather in my had. A sweetheart from Alabama e-mailed me, ‘you made Sean’s blog. wahoo!’. so thanks. This is always a pleasant visit.
    Sherry and jack

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  196. Jennifer Whisenant - November 23, 2018 11:30 pm

    Have you ever felt lonely in the midst of a Thanksgiving gathering. This year I did! Like a square peg. Just did not fit! Maybe it’s because of the hurricane or simply a long time feeling of being different. Uncomfortable around folks. Sometimes I really like being alone where God and I can just commune about the beauty of my backyard and the stress of living up to my expectations stops. Can’t wait for the 🌞!

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  197. Cathy Williams - November 24, 2018 12:42 am

    Sean, even though you’re column is in my in box when I wake up, I wait u til after I’ve cooked dinner and sitting here sipping on a beer before I read your column. It’s a signal that I’ve had a busy day that is. Ow close to ending and I have you to comfort men, make me laugh, make me cry and generally, know that the world is okay. You and beer go to together like Thelma Lou and Otis!

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  198. thmabz57 - November 24, 2018 1:38 am

    Sean, I just started following your column because of a friend of mine kept sending me your posts and I just loved them. I am not someone that “follows people” never followed TV or movie stars….still don’t know the names of stars. I grew up in an orphanage and then in foster homes….went into the military, college (became an Engineer) , have been married to a wonderful man for over 30 years and have two wonderful rescue dogs that make our life complete. Your posts speak to me in many ways. Thank you for that. I love reading them first thing in the morning. They bring a sense of balance and thoughtfulness to my world.

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  199. Dru - November 24, 2018 3:04 am

    So that’s how it started. Good to know you will be looking for us in the sweet bye and bye.

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  200. Suzanne Ballard - November 24, 2018 4:56 am

    What a blessing you are to so many. Never stop writing!

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  201. roma4321 - November 24, 2018 8:16 pm

    And we love you too, Sean. Thank you.

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  202. Linda - November 24, 2018 8:47 pm

    I am so thankful I found you two years ago and love reading your columns and passing some of them along hoping they will soften some people I know…..I believe your words ARE that powerful….
    So thank you , Sean ….

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  203. Melissa - November 24, 2018 11:15 pm

    Hey Sean, November 24th and I’ve just read your Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you know the reason I’m late is because I took my family on a destination Thanksgiving to a little German town in Texas called Fredericksburg. It is only 10,000 people until after Thanksgiving and then it swells to 30,000. We stayed in an beautiful white house with a porch on it. My husband and I had both of our boys and a girl friend. It was all good and I had prepared everything in advance so I didn’t even have to take a nap after the meal. I totally get what you were saying even though I’m not a blogger I’m a preacher/teacher and the people God has sent me to and sent to me have shaped my life. I’ll be focusing on hope and joy in the next Christian season which is Advent. I tend to send your stuff to people that I know would appreacite and get it. I’ve even used your story in a sermon but gave you fully credit. I said, “My friend, Sean once said. . . ” You are a friend and I look forward to hearing more from you.

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  204. Lydia Mason - November 25, 2018 1:44 pm

    And, I love you too! I begin my day with you and it makes it a better day before the day really gets started. Thank you for the sunshine you bring into my life!

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  205. Mike Boysen - November 27, 2018 5:10 pm

    Hi Sean – as I write this, its snowing outside and gray. Long about now, I start daydreaming about our annual trip to LA, Enterprise to be exact. This is the 16th or 17th year I’ve been invited down to hang with my in-laws (the Carters) for Christmas. I married into this fine family about that long ago, but I’ve known them even longer. The Carters are an amazing bunch – hard working, talented and so willing to give. David (known as Papa to my son Cole, 12) worked for nearly 30 years as a teacher and high school principal in Enterprise. Rosemary, also for 30 years as a teacher and librarian. She also plays the organ and piano at the small Presbyterian church (for about 40 years). My wife Rachel, is an actress, yoga instructor, ocupational therapist and amazing mother. Her brother Chris is a musician, writer and office manager in his wife Susan’s audioligist practice in Huntsville. So, we drive 1000 miles down every year around the 23rd or so and meet up in the Carters modest ranch house for more love and good food than you could imagine. Actually, having gotten the opportunity to get to know you over the last couple years – you can well imagine. So, the main reason I write is that I want to share this family with you so that you can know us a little better. My mother in law Rosemary introduced your writing to me and now my norther family all reads your daily missives. When we get together (usually for food), often we share the latest story and sometimes my father will read one out loud. I know you’re a busy fellow, but if you have a moment – can we have you over for dinner in Enterprise some time between Christmas and New Years? Or, we could meet in Dothan (we LOVE Hunts for the great oysters). So many good restaurants in E-prise. Did I mention that my mom is from Bellwood? And many, many more relatives. You do good work Sean. You bring joy and heart and warmth to our lives – it would be an honor to meet you. Please consider it, thank you, Mike

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    • Sandi in FL. - November 28, 2018 3:13 am

      Mike, I hope Sean reads your nice comment and that y’all get to meet in person and share a meal together soon after Christmas!

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  206. Amanda - November 28, 2018 10:59 pm

    Hey Sean, Just catching up after being on a short vacation to Tennessee with my little family of three and my parents. I just wanted you to know that if you were here I would hug you too. I don’t think you realize how much your “blog” means to us all. I feel like you are there with me, feeling the things I feel, dealing with the problems, and rejoicing in the miracles. So I just wanted to say THANKS! Thanks for being the person willing to look past the short comings of human nature and looking into the real heart of a person. Love ya Quinn!

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  207. Kathleen Jester - November 29, 2018 4:58 am

    Hello my friend Sean! When I was 10 years old, my Mama and 2 older brothers left on a Sunday morning to visit my Papaw in Castor, Louisiana. All our family gathered there every 4th Sunday in the month. Aunt’s, Uncle’s, cousins in the country. We would go to the little country Baptist church and sing the old time gospel hymes. Eat some good country cooking and go fishing for tadpoles. We had fun.On this day it changed me forever. When we arrived home in a small town in Texas just across the Louisiana line, I was the first one in the house to find my Daddy with a gun shot wound to his head. This was 1967. I struggled with servere anxiety and depression but made it through. June 7, 2010 I got the phone call my middle brother (my best friend) had committed suicide with a shotgun. My world fell apart. I was diagnosed with servere PTSD. I never gave up to find the help I needed. I have been married to my first love since 1977. Together we have withstood the storms of life. They may bend us but not break us. I am retiring February 1st. When I grow up I want to write a blog just like you. You always make me smile. I show my 15 year old Grandson your funny posts, I love to hear him laugh when he reads them. Everyone of all ages can relate to you.I hope to meet you one day. BTW….I am a recovering Baptist.

    With Love,

    Kathleen

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