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Lise Funderburg

Lise Funderburg is the author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. She has been a regular contributor since 2001 to O, the Oprah Magazine and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Salon, and Newsday. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Reed College, Funderburg lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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Lise Funderburg
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You gotta be in it to win it. (The Lotto Motto)

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Abraham Lincoln's stepmother

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I show up.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Popcorn! No! Milk Duds! No! Popcorn and Milk Duds combined!

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to sing harmonies.

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February 14, 2013

On the crisp-autumn days that occasionally interrupt the rain here in Philadelphia, I collect evidence of fall. Acorns crunch underfoot, corduroy replaces linen, and the maple at the corner goes high-wattage orange. I see air-conditioners being pulled from windows, spent flower stalks cut back and flopping grasses trussed up. Geese honk from their HOV lanes-on-high, and my neighbor, the retired molecular biologist, dons the fuzzy blue earmuffs she wears as soon as temperatures drop below 60.

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