Dawn Turner Trice is a columnist and specialist reporter for the Chicago Tribune who writes about people and issues that fly below the ...

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 Farewell for now, as I turn the page

Farewell for now, as I turn the page

August 4, 2014

I distinctly remember a textbook titled "Time to Wonder" that I used in elementary school. When I was a child, the title meant very little because both time and wonder seemed infinite to me.

  • One man's ministry of the streets in 2 documentaries

    July 28, 2014

    Rev. Robin Hood works to stop violence in his North Lawndale neighborhood.

  • A question of values and violence -- and a lot more

    July 27, 2014

    I once interviewed this guy who was gruff and surly, and although he might have appeared to be a thug, he wasn't. He was smart and insightful, particularly in the way he thought about young street toughs and their lack of values.

  • Trice: Teaching kids the power of dance

    July 21, 2014

    When Pierre Lockett was growing up in 1960s Mobile, Ala., the only African-American he'd ever seen dance professionally was a black guy who had performed with the June Taylor Dancers on national television.

  • The nourishing quality of books

    July 14, 2014

    A few years ago, Jeff Tangel read a story about an elderly man in Wisconsin who built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a teacher who had loved books. The man placed the model on a wooden pedestal — which made it resemble an oversize birdhouse — and filled it with books.

  • The will to combat gun violence

    July 13, 2014

    There's a city that's been called the murder capital of the world, where America has been working to stop gang violence.

  • A graceful goodbye for Sweetie Grace

    July 7, 2014

    It's not often that I get to experience a story from its beginning to its end. The exception is the rags-to-riches tale of a pit bull named Sweetie Grace.

  • Tough-on-crime policing hard on poor, author says

    June 30, 2014

    Sociologist Alice Goffman is a 5-foot-2-inch white woman who grew up in privilege in Philadelphia's historic and affluent neighborhood of Center City.

  • Trice: Healing the community, family and child

    June 23, 2014

    To some degree — and we can argue just how much — the stigma surrounding mental illness has been diminishing in the larger culture. But Dr. Lamorris Perry will tell you that such progress has been slower among people of color, especially those living in poor neighborhoods.

  • Trice: Chicago's blight extends far beyond the Trump sign

    June 20, 2014

    Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel,

  • Trice: A prequel to the Harlem Renaissance

    June 16, 2014

    During the Civil War, Christopher Reed's great-grandfather served in the 116th Infantry of the United States Colored Troops and took part in the 1865 surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.

  • Trice: A conversation with best-selling author James Patterson

    June 9, 2014

    When I talk to students, I love to tell them the story about how I came to enjoy reading. I tell them that my parents cared so much about their daughters reading that we had a rule: If we had our head buried in a book, we didn't have to do chores. So, we read all the time. At first it was because we were little pragmatists. Later, we grew to love it.

  • Trice: Discovering a grandfather's life at Auschwitz during Holocaust

    June 2, 2014

    Sara Feinstein was 2 years old when her grandfather passed away in 1986. For years, what she mainly knew about Martin Maiman was that he was an electrical engineer who had built a good life for his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee.

  • Remembering war through art

    May 26, 2014

    A Korean War veteran tells the story of swimming in a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone and making a horrific discovery on the river floor. A Gulf War veteran talks about the seemingly benign ways the military is glorified in toys and even pornography.

  • Christmas finally returns to Derrion Albert's family

    December 16, 2013

    The living room in Anjanette Albert's modest Bronzeville apartment is festive. A silver spruce is dressed in ornaments. Christmas stockings hang from the mantel of a mock fireplace. And Albert's dog, a white bichon-poodle mix named Cookie Monster, plays with his toys when he's not shadowing her around the room.

  • Sense of loss comes from moving backward in 'post-racial' world

    July 16, 2013

    George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has me feeling an immense sense of loss.

  • Trice: In face-to-face with president, young men had nation's attention

    February 17, 2013

    When I sat down with 18-year-old seniors Vontate Stewart and James Adams at Hyde Park Academy on the day before their meeting with President Barack Obama, they were excited about the visit, but rather reserved.

  • First lady's ancestry an American story

    June 18, 2012

    Many Americans are fascinated by the family history of Michelle Obama, a descendant of slaves who is the nation's first African-American first lady.

  • Wiccan church honors dead in eco-friendly cemetery

    October 31, 2011

    Amid graves that have been cleared of leaves and adorned with wreathes of thyme and mint, members of the Wisconsin-based Wiccan church Circle Sanctuary on Monday will celebrate the last day of a pagan festival that rings in the new year and honors the dead.

  • Indian dance binds mother, daughter

    October 11, 2011

    When Hema Rajagopalan was about 5 years old, growing up in 1950s India, she loved dancing so much that when her parents took her to performances, she would leap from her seat and twirl in the aisles. She'd put on such a display that the audience would turn its attention away from the stage to her.

  • For infertile couples, help and support

    August 10, 2011

    Katie Davis, 24, lost her ovaries to cancer when she was 12. Doctors told her that if she wanted to have a baby one day, she would have to use donor eggs and undergo in vitro fertilization. She has been trying to have a baby since September 2010, but so far no luck.

  • Daley didn't like votes against him

    April 30, 2011

    For years, everyone knew Mayor Richard Daley had an iron grip on the City Council. However, like any savvy dictator, he didn't brag about it. He wasn't overly cocky.

  • Making Alzheimer's patients comfortable

    January 24, 2011

    Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.

  • Witnessing redemption after a life goes awry

    November 12, 2007

    During moments of reflection, many of us comb through our lives with questions of "what if?" But few of us have the type of "what ifs" that my childhood friend Debra Trice has. Hers go something like this:

  • When world's ceiling fell in on Debra

    November 11, 2007

    Inside the prison's visitor's center, she waits for me. Though I'm about 30 feet away and haven't yet crossed the sally port, I can see her through the window sitting at a table in a small room with her hands folded, looking nervous. An armed guard stands nearby.

  • Students rally for own future and immigrants'

    April 10, 2006

    One of the things that has struck me most about the immigration reform rallies in Chicago and other cities has been the large number of students participating.

  • Mortgage fraud can no longer be ignored by officials

    November 14, 2005

    If you didn't read last week's Tribune investigation on mortgage fraud, titled "The New Street Hustle," you missed a gem.

  • Lousy service trumps name change any day

    September 21, 2005

    Renaming Marshall Field's indeed is a boneheaded move.

  • Pivotal choices separate Obama from Patterson

    March 22, 2004

    Former Death Row inmate Aaron Patterson and I sat down at a soul-food restaurant in Englewood last week to talk about his failed candidacy for the South Side's 6th House District seat.

  • Obama unfazed by foes' doubts on race question

    March 15, 2004

    From the beginning, one of the questions that has dogged U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama has been whether he would hit it off with African-American voters, his presumptive base.