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Dr. Deborah Plummer is the Editor of Handbook of Diversity Management(University Press of America), award-winning author of Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press). In addition, she created the Sister Nun cozy mysteries: They Still Call Me Sister and The Family That Stays Together. Deborah is a regularly featured blogger for the Huffington Post and commentator for numerous media outlets. She is proud board member of Boston"s GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing center.

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Irrelevant Things I Learned From White People That Increased My Social Capital

(25) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:51 PM

I have learned a lot of really important things from my white friends. They remind me of the universal nature of joy and sorrow. They help me to see the bigger picture. They challenge my intellectual faculties and stimulate my curiosity. They have taught me the art of of appreciation....

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"The Most Diverse Wedding Ever"

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The remark was made after a casual conversation between two wedding guests who had only known each other for less than five minutes. She approached me during the cocktail reception following the ceremony to comment on how much she liked the purple color of my dress. I admired her floral...

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What Your Friends Can't Tell You About Your Self-Published Book

(27) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:35 AM

When watching an audition of an American Idol wanna be who can barely carry a tune, one wonders who told her that she could sing well, encouraged her to audition, and assured her that she would be successful. Knowing she will never be the next Kelly Clarkson, she sadly (and...

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Putting a Face on America's Future

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Researchers tell us that our preferential ability to recognize faces begins at an early age. An infant can recognize her mother or primary caregiver in a crowded room. As we age, we develop a preference for living in close proximity and socializing with those who share our racial or ethnic...

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There Are Scarier Things for Black Americans Than Halloween Costumes

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 10:14 PM

Here's what I think: donning a black face in imitation of a very colorful (pun intended) character in a richly authentic television show as a Halloween costume does not warrant the attention or criticism it has received. Apology accepted, but who did she offend and why? Pairing intention and impact,...

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I Am Just a Reader

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 5:54 PM

After my first fiction work was published, I received a request through my publicist to be interviewed by a book blogger who had read my cozy mystery and loved it. I was humbled and thrilled that someone had actually read the book, liked it and wanted to find out more...

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Coming Out As Wearing a "Women's" Size

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Like many women, I am in constant pursuit of losing those last 10 pounds. At last count, I have 12 "week one booklets" from Weight Watchers. I still have my Jenny Craig scale purchased during one of the three or four times I was a member. I have numerous weight...

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Cross-Racial Friendships Linked to Age, Gender, Education and Income

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 11:36 AM

I read with great interest the results of the recent Reuters Poll that suggested that about 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans have friends that cross racial lines. After many years of studying racial identity development and its interface with interpersonal relationships and group...

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Conversation Starters for Dialogue on Trayvon Martin Case

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Peaceful action is a powerful tool for change. Like many, many others, I was deeply saddened by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. And like so many others of all races and religion, recognize that this time is an opportunity to create meaningful dialogue about race relations in our...

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Faulty Heuristics Govern BSA's Decision on Gays

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 3:16 PM

We are naturally tribal people and cling to those who share our blood and, by extension, those whom we deem to be most like us. Tribes have clear boundaries and are homogeneous. Historically, these characteristics were a formula for stability. However, in contemporary society, when tribes remain encapsulated, they are...

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Secret to Self-Publishing Success: Write for Young Adults

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:46 PM

I admit that I haven't done much research on this subject, but intuitively something tells me that self-published authors whose works are targeted toward readers who are young adults do much better marketing their books than self- published authors whose target audiences are the age 40-plus crowd. Why? Because young...

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Boston Marathon Explosion: Being on the Side of 'If'

(5) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Being relatively new to the Boston area, I didn't fully realize the significance of the marathon beyond it being an international race with a good history. I never experienced Patriot's Day as a paid holiday from work and was confused by a clear calendar on that April day when I...

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Paisley and Cool J on Race: An Old Topic With a New Musical Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The media debate about the newly released song "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J demonstrates that race remains a prickly topic for conversation -- even in song lyrics. Race is an old topic that requires a new conversation and I, for one, am glad that Paisley and...

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5 More Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Reflecting on the first 10 lessons I learned about being an author published in my previous post, I noted that I had learned more about what not to do than what to do. So, once again, with the upcoming release of a new book, I am attempting to integrate additional...

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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

(17) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I have been blessed to be a published author both by the traditional process of an agent and a publishing company who managed the editing, marketing and every other aspect of the book process; and I have self-published where I managed every aspect of the process. From both processes, here...

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A Lesson to Be Learned From Harvard Cheating Scandal

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:50 AM

The Boston Globe reported that Harvard University school officials who completed their investigation of approximately 125 students who cheated on a take-home exam in Spring 2012, recently doled out punishments ranging from students being asked to leave for two semesters to disciplinary probation to some cases being dismissed. In the...

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Creating Our Own Post-Racial Society

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 5:34 PM

The inauguration of a president for a second term who is a black American and the public ceremony on the celebration of Martin Luther King Day, invites us to give pause and reflect on race relations in America. The discussions of four years ago on whether or not we have...

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The Fundamental Error in Defining a "Catholic Vote"

(24) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 4:21 PM

It began over a month ago with a two- to three-line invitation in the bulletin to attend a "non-partisan" meeting on the presidential election and its significance for the Catholic vote. Then, in last week's Sunday bulletin, a full one-page flyer inserted in the bulletin entitled "The Catholic Vote" urged...

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Signing Off Facebook Until After the Elections

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Due to the many ugly and divisive posts written during the Republican and Democratic conventions, another one of my real-life friends posted this week that she was signing off Facebook until after the elections. As in my actual life, my Facebook friends cross party lines. But unlike my real-life friends,...

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Flying Squirrel Nickname: Offensive or Progressive

(68) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 7:54 PM

The baby-boomer-civil-rights-advocate part of me cringed when I first heard news anchor Brian Williams use the nickname 'Flying Squirrel" for Gabby Douglas. Was it racially offensive? What did Gabby think of the nickname? What did her mother and family think about it? Then the other diversity-inclusive-global-identity part of me began...

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