The book is here!

I’m tickled to death to announce to y’all that my book, They Call Me Orange Juice, is out! Available in hardcover and paperback, it is a collection of what I think are the best of the best of my early essays. Some are funny. Some are poignant. And all come straight from my heart to…

There’s always room for one more

Brother balances the tinfoil-wrapped plates on his lap while I crank up Mama’s big Mercury, even though I’m not quite old enough to drive. The smell of turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes fills the car. Brother looks a little scared as I mash the pedal to the floor slinging a little driveway gravel as we…

I love to tell the story

Storytelling runs in my family. We sit around and tell the same tales over and over and over. Somehow they never get old. Extra emphasis, a rolled eye, a dramatic pause entertains. A little extra detail here and there educates. In the retelling, heritage and history are passed down. My grandfather, “Baw,” and his brothers…