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Kathryn McCullough
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Kathryn McCullough is an author, artist, and blogger, currently writing a memoir called Kids Make the Best Bookies, about her mafia childhood.

From 2009-2010, Kathryn lived in Vietnam, where she volunteered for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project (Mekong Build) and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. In 2010 she founded a program called Writers without Borders and moved with her partner, an international aid worker, to Port-au-Prince. Kathryn has also taught writing at the University of Kentucky. She currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Kathryn blogs at “reinventing the event horizon.

Entries by Kathryn McCullough

Remembering my Interview with Jean-Claude Duvalier: On the Occasion of His Death

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Until the last minute I didn't believe it would happen. As we wound our way up the dark, mountain road into the hills outside of Port-au-Prince, I didn't know what to expect. I had read that Baby Doc lived on Montagne Noir, but we weren't headed in that direction.

Wondering...

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DIY Valentines From Trash: A Tutorial in 7 Easy Steps

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:35 AM

If spending a small fortune on store-bought greeting cards doesn't appeal to you and you have an old phone book, scissors, and glue, maybe a bottle cap or two (and a bit of imagination), you can create a Valentine that expresses love for both your partner and the planet.

So...

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Redemption in a Santa Suit

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Our dad taught us early on that the Godfather and Daddy Warbucks have a lot in common.

White-haired and handsome, my father was a bookie with organized crime connections. Though several grand juries had indicted him, and the FBI had raided our home a number of times, according to us...

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Holiday Gift Wrap That Makes the Most of Your Trash

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Whatever you do, don't spend big bucks on gift wrapping over the holidays. I promise that you don't need to.

In fact, you can have more fun and make a more lasting impression on friends and family by creating packaging from trash that you have cluttering your house -- stuff...

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Redemption in Paper and Pencil Shavings

(24) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Pixied and imperfect, I was already evolving into an overachiever by the time I trudged into first grade -- yellow rubber boots over navy Lady Janes -- bundled in a nubby, winter coat my grandmother had purchased at Kaufman's the fall before.

Though destined...

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Celebrating Thanksgiving From Haiti: A Comedy of American Error

(55) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:15 PM

When my partner Sara and I moved to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince, we faced some serious challenges. Sara directed recovery efforts for a major international housing NGO. I accompanied her in a non-official capacity.

A number of months into our stay, when Thanksgiving rolled...

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