Guest column: How a small town with a big heart shaped me

 

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Kelsey Davis (Photo courtesy The Montgomery Advertiser)

[Editor’s note: This guest column by Kelsey Davis with the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama is a good read by any measure, but we found it even more enjoyable for its inclusion of Fayetteville barber Sam Burch, who also runs a weekend barber shop in LaFayette, Alabama, which is the centerpiece of Davis’ writing. This column was originally published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Sept. 6.]

 

by Kelsey Davis

It took some time for me to realize that most 24-year-olds probably aren’t excited about going to speak at a small town Rotary Club.

My editor actually had to point that oddity out to me. The situation didn’t strike me as unusual though, because I wasn’t just going to speak in a random town. I was going to LaFayette, Alabama, a speck on the map that played a significant role influencing me and how I tell stories.

Without that context (or maybe even with it), I could see (more…)

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