Putting Yourself Out There

American Idol is a depressing show and that is a depressing opening statement, but stay with me here. I know what I'm doing. Oh, I was on board at the beginning-- the deluded singers, the occasional star performer, the fun of figuring out which judge was the most drunk. But after a few seasons, seeing …

Delano, Herbert Walker, and Hussein; or, The Stories Middle Names Tell

Meet my 2nd great grandmother, Olivia. Or at least I think this is her. And I think that's the name she went by. The truth is I'm not completely sure who she is or what she called herself. I do know that, despite her innocent look at the camera, she was a troublemaker. Confused? Let …

Mapping People

Growing up, my Pop rarely told stories about his childhood, but when he did I was riveted. I think his stories caught my attention because his childhood was so different from mine. You see, he was taken from his parents and raised by various foster families. He and his siblings grew up in three separate houses around town. I …