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My latest post in my memoir blog: Home Trained. It focuses on how trust can deceive you.
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The final installment on the death of Grandfather Joe.
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On the trail of the death of Grandfather Joe, this post takes us one step further.
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Digging deep into my grandfather's death, the story takes a surprising turn. This is the latest installment in my memoir blog Home Trained.
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Origin Story Part I
            I don’t want to write this post.
I’ve been avoiding it for the longest time. I think of it as my origin story.
If I was to track backward my life, trace back to the time and place where I
can uncover everything about who I am, it would be Coving...
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The Pledge
My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. --William Golding             More than anything, I wanted to believe.
I sat in church at the beginning of every school day and tried and tried. I
would look around ...
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Perfect Mark
I
am gullible. Always have been, always will be. I will believe almost anything
at least for a while. At seventeen, I moved to NYC and got a job as a messenger
my first week. The man who hired me asked, “You know the city, right?”             I lied.       ...
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Origin Story Part IV
            “Okay, William, I’m done for the
week,” called a woman across the hall. “You here, right?”             William got up from his desk and
stepped into the hallway. “I’ll be here, Miz Jackson. Don’t worry. I’m not
going anywhere.”             She n...
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Origin Story Part III
            I had no idea who Laverne Edwards
was.             “Mrs. Edwards was nurse,” said Mrs.
Frances Edwards, Larry’s mom. Laverne
Edwards was a nurse at Tipton Country Hospital, where Grandfather Joe died. “She
just started on and Mrs. Hill accused h...
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Origin Story Part II
Grandfather
Joe was very good at two things, plundering and getting drunk. One gave him
opportunity in a world that offered little for a man who was removed from
school in the second grade to work the cotton fields because his teacher
thought he was “retard...
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A new post on my memoir blog. I look at my years at private segregated schools during the 1970s and what it means to have honor.
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My latest entry in my memoir blog. This is about how hate protects me.
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Laban Carrick Hill is exploring growing up in a family that was on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement and swung from prosperity to poverty. He is currently a high school teacher in Vermont. He is a co-director and co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana, a nonprofit based in the Ghana and the US. Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award); Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave, Poet (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award), America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America (2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award), Casa Azul (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age 2007), and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (National Book Award Finalist).