My Work

I’m a writer  living in a suburb of New York City with my husband and two daughters. My essays have appeared in The New York Times, Brain, Child, and The NAACP blog, where I am a regular contributor. Visit my website at

The Ford Kurtti Family


10 responses to “My Work

  1. brian mclaughlin

    dionne, i ran across a couple of your articles today for the first time. what a way to start 2010. i read “if you’re hysterical, it’s historical” an “child”. i thought that both were very well written, but who am i to judge, i can barely get through any comments without many misspellings. the point is your insight into the thoughts of biracial children are something that i, as a grandfather to biracial kids is something that will help me help them to love, respect and hold onto every facet of their make-up. sicily’s mom is black and my son is as your husband, irish white. they are split up and live quite far apart. unfortunatley my son is not making the effort that i would like to see concerning their relationship and that puts the papa type of influence kind of on me. (i really don’t mind that though, i kind of like it) her brother tysan is not my blood grandson but you better not try to tell him that i’m not his granddad (that’s the word he likes to use).

    but hey, thanx for the articles, i’ll be looking forward to more of your insight. i think you might be a pretty smart lady.

    good luck in the new year
    brian mclaughlin

  2. Hello Dionne,
    I am an artist and writer from Sharon Pa. now living in Las Vegas. My parents
    Mr. Henry and Mrs. Helen Ford, are from Cheraw, South Carolina. My Father is the son of Hutton and Susan Ford who lived in an area known as Fordsville in the Cheraw area.
    At a family reunion in 1999 I learned that my Grandfather Hutton was an immigrant from Haiti. He and his wife Susan had eleven children; nine boys and two girls. This created a very extensive family in several areas of the country. Most notably Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland, and New York, where most of the family that attended that reunion where from.
    I was very pleased to meet family I didn’t know I had at that time. The family also included family through marriage such as the Hughes family, Johnson’s, Marshals, Robinson’s, Peagler’s, Short’s, and more who I would need the reunion program to remember (forgive me ya’ll).
    I would love to compare family trees some day and see if the branches intertwine at some point. Feel free to contact me if you wish to explore family histories. God bless.
    Geoffrey T. Ford

  3. Jimmy O

    Hey Dionne,

    Thanks for introducing me to Finding Josephine. I’ve been perusing the site & links for a while now. I especially appreciate your NYT article re: Memorial Day and the dynamic of the military in your family history.

    i have extended family history & knowledge on my Mom’s side, yet know very little about my Father’s genealogy. Your blog may be the catalyst I need to start doing some research. Thanks and see you soon.

  4. For some reason the links is not working. Sorry about that, but you may check out the obituary by Googling or going to, and checking out the obituaries. Hope all is well. May God richly bless you and yours.

  5. Kathy

    Happened upon your blog and like it v much. Good luck in your search.

  6. Dezi

    You should really update that photo with a more recent one 🙂

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