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Why I want to be Autumn De Wilde when I grow up

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For the majority of early childhood, I knew who I wanted to be when I grew up: Snow White, of course. I had planned my future of adulthood to take place in an idyllic cottage, spending my afternoons singing in the middle of a forest while little birds landed on my hand. Writing it out, […]

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Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation

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Sharon and I both love cemeteries. One important aspect of the work we’ve committed ourselves to along our healing journey involves burial grounds. We both turn our heads to check them out when we pass them in our cars. We’ll walk through them and read headstones whether we have relatives buried there or not. Over […]

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Uncle Tom

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More than fifteen years ago I walked from my office to a local elementary school once each week to read with a little first grade boy for half an hour to help increase his reading skills. That little boy is now a bright young man in college. When he found out that I was reading […]

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The Truth About Me & The Princess

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Finally, the truth of my relationship with the Princess Lamballe. Well, right off the bat, I must admit we can’t have known each other terribly well. She was a contemporary of Marie Antoinette. She died in 1792. But I must be quite the expert on her life and death. Because, according to just about every […]

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This Precious Moment

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“We have a fuel leak on the right side of the plane. We need to evacuate.” The pilot’s voice got everyone’s attention. I heard the word “evacuate” but wasn’t sure about the rest of what he said through the distortion in the sound system. I turned toward the man and woman sitting next to me […]

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Ancestor Worship

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“Waking Up,” giving many thanks to Alice Walker for the powerful voice she used to coax the early-before-day-morning radio audience to learn the names of our ancestors. Many decades ago, in continuous whispers, hushes and a rush she urged we learn the name Yemaya. Yemaya is the orisa who symbolizes all the oceans and the […]

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Excising the “n” word from Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain defined a “classic” book as one “which people praise and don’t read.” He should know. How many of you have read Huckleberry Finn? This “classic” has been condemned, banned, or people attempted to ban it, in a variety of locations, and for various reasons, since it was first published in 1885. Back then […]

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The Hemingses of Monticello

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Comments on the book, The Hemingses of Montecello by Annette Gordon-Reed It turns out that the stories about Thomas Jefferson I learned while growing up don’t exactly tell the whole story. Funny how that happens with “history” sometimes… lots of times. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, was the third president of the United […]

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Five Ways to Jumpstart The World

Thumbnail image for Five Ways to Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

In my new young adult novel Jumpstart the World, Frank, my transgender character, tells Elle,”The world doesn’t always play by its own rules.” He says we all agree that there should be equality for everyone. But of course there isn’t. And we just let it slide. He says, “That’s why there’s such a thing as […]

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The Book vs The Movie

Thumbnail image for The Book vs The Movie by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I get a lot of questions about this one. Q: What did I think of the movie version of Pay It Forward? A: I thought the book was better. Then again, I would, wouldn’t I? When I say that, just about everybody says the same thing: “Oh, the book is always better than the movie.” […]

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