Scientist turned Storyteller


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  • What’s your dominant face saying?
    Dominant face: The expression you wear when you’re not communicating with anyone. Or think you aren’t. Like, it’s the face that you wear waiting in line at the bank, if you do that anymore. Even though I’d worn basically two dominant faces for over 35 years—the furrowed brow look, and >>>
  • I almost let a small thing stop a big one.
    People say that they love Atlanta, and I wish that I could understand why. I’m not trying to disparage the city by saying that, but to say that I’ve never really taken to the place and would like to go somewhere else. When I said that to a friend recently, >>>
  • What’s your version of the truth?
    My man Jeff and I took a three-day scouting trip to Greenville before I decided to move there. We stayed at the Poinsette Hotel downtown, whose zip code I plugged into an apartment finder site to zero in on a place to live. The search returned a list of complexes, >>>
  • What do you think you need?
    “What do you think you need?” When my father asked me the question, he was asking how much money I thought I needed to move so that he could help me out. I’d foreclosed on my condo in Atlanta earlier that year, and had been living with my sister and >>>
  • Y is for Yield
    Yield: to give up, as to superior power or authority; to give up or surrender (oneself). My first plan was to write about making a better-feeling life by surrendering oneself to a higher power. But I’ve already done that here. So I decided instead to write about surrendering something else: >>>
  • D is for Discern
    A college friend of mine called me an inappropriate black person. In his eyes, things about me, as far as black people went, were unsuitable. My accent was unsuitable. My hair was unsuitable. My way of dressing was unsuitable. And my taste in music: quite unsuitable. The joke, of course, >>>
  • A is for Ask
    As kids, we had no problem asking for what we wanted, but we learned to stop doing it over time. And no wonder: “Mom, can I have that?” “No.” “Mrs. Jones, can I do my homework this way?” “No.” “Dad, can I stay up and watch TV?” “No.” But our >>>
  • E is for Environments
    In some circles, I’m famous—infamous, perhaps—as a neat freak. So it came as a surprise to “someone” that I set my used plate by the side of the sink when visiting “someone else’s” house. “I’m surprised you’d do that,” “someone” said to me. I was bugged by the comment but >>>
  • T is for Theme
    Theme: a unifying or dominant idea. Just as we use themes to keep our writing together, we can use them for the same purpose for our lives. Do my actions support my themes? Yes, continue. No, stop going down that road. How’s that for keeping things straight? We can pick >>>
  • S is for Scrumptious Stories
    Here’s the good news and bad news about the stories we tell: Our stories are like boomerangs, bringing back what we throw out there. Or, in other words, we reap what we sow. If you tell gossipy stories about people, prepare to be gossiped about. If you tell the tale, >>>