Posted November 12th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I always aspired to be a writer. That is, a full-time creative writer who makes a living from the written word — a good living. But I learned early on that a creative writer is highly unlikely to be remunerated in fair proportion to effort expended. I therefore chose a different career, as a marketing […]

Special Delivery

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Noon. Monday, October 24, 2011. We delivered our manuscript to Beacon Press in Boston. Two days before, on Saturday, we concluded a marathon of in-person writing and editing. After two weeks of never ending days, we closed the book on what has been one of the most fascinating and meaningful undertakings in both our lives. We […]

Apple Pie

Posted October 17th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

  As we roll toward the conclusion of our Gather at the Table manuscript, Tom and I decided to take a short break and do something mindless. Refocusing for a while on something other than writing usually helps one regain focus on the literary task at hand. When I am alone, I disconnect myself from […]


Posted August 10th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Some days, writing flows like manna from heaven. I wake up before day with a mental sheaf of ideas rustling in my head. Whole sentences, already formed into grammatically correct paragraphs, clamour to be presented on a page. All I have to do is boot up the computer in time to capture the rush of […]

Founder’s Day

Posted July 10th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I spent a lovely day yesterday at the Founder’s Day Street Fair in the town in which I live. I volunteered to man (?) the information booth for the local chamber of commerce. I figured this would be a good way to meet my neighbors and begin to assimilate into the local community. It was […]

My Daddy Is a Cool Dude

Posted July 5th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

In 1969, I was an 18 year old mother with a baby on my hip. Like every other parent, I was determined — in spite of the odds against me — to raise a child who was healthy, both physically and emotionally. I was determined to feed his body with healthy food and to nourish […]

The Promised Land

Posted June 23rd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

When I was a child, many of my friends were recent arrivals from the South whose families came north during “The Great Migration.” Those of us who were born in Chicago sometimes laughed at their funny accents and country ways. There were also many children who disappeared every summer. When school let out for vacation, […]


Posted June 12th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Tom and I just arrived back in NY state after a grueling 22 day journey of  5,867 miles through 21 states. I am SO HAPPY to be back to the place I call home these days. Upon arrival, I leapt out of my Jeep with joy! After making sure my key still fit in the […]

It Had To Happen

Posted June 4th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

After traversing four states in one day, the odometer on my Jeep rolled past 3591. Thirty-three miles from our destination — Springfield, Illinois — I saw the red and blue flashers in the rear view mirror. BUSTED! I was willfully doing 80 in a 65 mph zone. My twenty years without a traffic violation record […]

Know All Men By These Presents

Posted June 2nd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sometime around 1811, Sylvester Dunn relocated from South Carolina to Amite County Mississippi. He was one of the very first settlers of the new American territory carved out of the Choctaw nation. The fact that Sylvester had the benefit of a free land patent and free labor surely contributed immeasurably to his success on the […]