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Memoir

So you want to publish your memoirs

Publishing a book used to be so much simpler, and so much harder. While the 21st century has democratized the process of publishing— it’s...

The meaning of Motown for a white kid

Do you remember them? Smoky Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles,...

To everything there is a season. Some thoughts on inner harvesting

There’s a small branching plant with clusters of yellow pods that burst open in the fall to reveal intense orange, jewel-like berries. In Indiana...

The Crazy Club

On my fiftieth birthday I visited Mother at her nursing home, thinking about my own mortality. Mother was hunched in her old brown recliner...

Letters from Vietnam: 1967 & 1968. A follow up

In response to Myrna Adams West’s two articles about the letters she and her brother Fred exchanged while he was in Vietnam, several readers...

Letters from Vietnam, 1968: Love that knows no boundaries.

In January and February 1968 while I was sleeping snug and warm in my dorm at Tift College, my brother Frederick was spending nights...

My Vietnam Decision: Join or Be Drafted

Larry Hudson had never contemplated going to college — it wasn’t a common goal for African American young men when he graduated from segregated Burney Harris...

My Vietnam Decision: Deferment and Luck

The year 1969 was not altogether different from this year — the country was deeply divided by politics, race, culture, geography, and most especially,...

The Necklace Plant

When I was a child, every few weeks we would visit my Aunt Norene, my daddy’s sister, and her husband, Uncle Nat. They lived...

Letters from Vietnam, 1967

Small flakes of snow prickled against my face and hands and left little wet splotches on the stationery on my lap.  It was 1967,...

A Memoir: What I Learned from a Sexual Assault in 1975

If you ask most people to describe an influential teacher, they will pick an inspirational person who taught them in school or on a...

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

White baby boomers born and raised in the deep South each have a unique personal history of their  experiences and attitudes about race. They...
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