Fives logo – a stylised number five

with Camille T. Dungy

The last thing that made you smile

A newly recovered photo of my daughter, at 2½, dressed for Halloween as Bessie Coleman. The costume prompted our neighbor, Kate Shatz, to look up Bessie Coleman, a black aviatrix whose biography is a source of empowerment beyond measure, and then to eventually feature her in the book Rad Women: A-Z. All that from a Halloween costume put together by my daughter’s Godmother and me. Small things lead to big things. That makes me smile.

A secret

It’s all a secret. Until it’s not.

The last thing you wrote

A note to the woman who voiced my book, Guidebook to Relative Strangers. I like her, not just her voice, and we’ve struck up a bit of a correspondence. She reads for a living, so I try to make my letters worthy of her time.

Your favourite city

The city of my (very best) dreams.

What you’d place in a time capsule

Some well preserved seeds. Mostly flowers (sunflowers, California poppies, cosmos, four o’clock, mountain iris…) but probably some vegetables, too.