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Next to my driveway, aka Black Lives Matter Plaza 
Photo by Tim Wagstaffe.


I used to think I was among the wokest of the woke.  Naturally I wouldn't have said so aloud, but after all, I, a white woman, had married a Black man before that was even legal, nationally. Raised our biracial children. Trained anti-racist leaders. Published pro-equity books and op-eds. Marched and chanted.


But after May 25, 2020, when George Floyd screamed for his mama and people poured out of lockdown, something new broke open inside me. As well as inside everyone I know.


Black friends grew bolder. Scorched by racism all their lives they'd adapted, these successful women had perhaps grown a bit cautious. Now I'm watching folks I've known for decades become fervently political. They're expressing rage, loudly, plus their fierce pride. Read More 

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Cover of my 6th book, a memoir



When people ask me what do you do, for the last twenty-five years I've answered, "I'm a writer." Sometimes I add, "An author." 


If the questioner still looks blank, I'll say, with authority, "I'm a professional writer."


I've learned to define myself in a powerful tone because so many people have odd assumptions about a woman writer. Several years ago, for instance, a chipper young teller at the bank window asked me, "What are you doing today?" 


Eager to get moving, I replied somewhat crisply, "I'm writing. Like I do every day. I'm a writer."


"Oh, how nice," she said, with syrup in her voice. "It gives you something to fill your time." Read More 

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