Pull Back the Covers

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sharon Morgan originally posted this on Our Black Ancestry: Black History Month 2015 is almost over. As I do every year, I spent the past few weeks gorging myself on the glut of special programming on TV – feature films, documentaries, and other programs with African American themes. I glued myself to the television to […]

Gather at the Table is #1

Posted July 21st, 2013 by Sharon Morgan

We arrived at the Phillis Wheatley Book Awards program at the Schomburg Center right on time for the 7PM program. After jumping into a “black taxi” at 116th Street for the short ride up Malcolm X Boulevard, we wondered aloud if we had missed something because the entrance was so quiet. My date for the […]

Lawdy Miss Scarlet!

Posted September 18th, 2012 by Sharon Morgan

Creating a book is, in many ways, like having a baby… First, you are impregnated with an idea. You visualize what it will look like and incubate it until it is ready to see the light of day. There are many sleepless nights along the way as you cope with the heartburn of word choice, […]

Let Us Gather at the Table

Posted August 28th, 2012 by Sharon Morgan

This is a repost of something I wrote on my genealogy blog today: On this day in 1955, an innocent young man named Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. This event embodied all that was wrong with America in that day on the subject of race. On […]

“Their blood flows in the streets”

Posted June 14th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I anticipated that I would write today about the class in which I’m participating at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute in Harrisonburg Virginia: “Healing the Wounds of History: Peacebuilding through Transformative Theater.” But an incident in Pittsburgh yesterday changed everything. I arrived at class a little early this morning. One of my classmates walked in and […]

Alone, thinking, late on a Wednesday night

Posted May 10th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

My wife Lindi and my friend and writing partner Sharon have gone to sleep. As they rest upstairs, I sit alone in Sharon’s dining room; thinking. The clock that counts down the time until Gather at the Table is published ticks by very quickly. Lindi and I arrived at Sharon’s home yesterday. We depart tomorrow. […]

A Provocative Question

Posted March 25th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Like so many other people throughout America and beyond, I share the grief of Trayvon Martin’s parents. I have no words to express how heavy my heart is in mourning such a vital, well-loved young man whose life was cut so short… for no logical reason I can fathom. Like President Obama said: “If I […]


Posted February 18th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I spent my entire day glued to the television, fully involved in sharing the home going service for Whitney Houston. I could not believe how riveted I was to the drama unfolding on the screen. At many points, there were tears in my eyes and a choke in my throat. People who know me, know […]

The Skill of Writing

Posted December 19th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

It is hard to be a writer. I know because I am one — and wow, does that feel good to say! Beginning as children (well, most of us), writers are compelled to express themselves. The opinion driven angst of youth urges us (often in dreams) to get things off our chest. So we write […]


Posted November 29th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

While going through some old paper files, I came across a clipping from a 2006 Vanity Fair magazine entitled “Special Alert: Horoscope USA.” It predicts “A planetary configuration not seen since 1776 is coming our way, heralding chaos, revolution, and rebirth” — a 20 year span of massive upheaval that will forever change how America […]