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Dawn Turner Trice

Dawn Turner Trice
Like many of you, I grew up in a family that loved to tell stories.

Often, during family get-togethers the women would gather around the dinner table and the men in another area and they would partake of these extravagant tales.

Some would be larger than life but true, others larger than life but not-so. My sister and I would eavesdrop until we were shooed away. From these experts, though, I learned the art of storytelling.

In my work here, I get to meet people and share their stories. No fudging though; no stretching the truth.

But in my other work as a novelist, I get to do my own thing. I grew up in Chicago. (I met my husband in high school.) I've been...
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Like many of you, I grew up in a family that loved to tell stories.

Often, during family get-togethers the women would gather around the dinner table and the men in another area and they would partake of these extravagant tales.

Some would be larger than life but true, others larger than life but not-so. My sister and I would eavesdrop until we were shooed away. From these experts, though, I learned the art of storytelling.

In my work here, I get to meet people and share their stories. No fudging though; no stretching the truth.

But in my other work as a novelist, I get to do my own thing. I grew up in Chicago. (I met my husband in high school.) I've been with the Tribune since 1988. Most of that time has been spent as an editor.

I've written the column for the last six years. Though I love writing, it still scares the hell out of me. Nothing makes my stomach seize like the blank page. Still, I can't imagine doing anything else, in any other city.
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    In a news release, the Washington Post announces it will begin delivering feature sections on Saturday to give busy readers more time to enjoy their Sunday paper....(many feature) sections, along with Travel and in-depth local stories in the Washington Post...
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    Social worker shares his struggle
    While pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at Bradley University, Jason Langman studied mental illness in a theoretical, almost antiseptic way. After graduating, he found jobs working as a social worker, counseling people who were so anxious and...

    Race, politics and power

    Race, politics and power
    Chicago gave the nation its first African-American president, but the only wide-open mayoral election in recent memory may prove the acid test for how far the city has come in transcending its bitter legacy of racial politics. A political land rush began...

    Women's images in the media

    Women's images in the media
    Columnist Dawn Turner Trice recently wrote about the documentary "Miss Representation," which focused on female body image and media gender bias over the decades. "The film, 'Miss Representation,' really resonated with me," Dawn wrote to me in an email...

    Indian dance binds mother, daughter

    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...