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Signature Memphis | december 2017

Photo by Steve Roberts

Henry Nelson

Neighborhood Outreach and Special Projects for the Memphis Public Libraries and Board Member for Grace House for Women

Your Most Annoying Habit: My constant decluttering.

Place You Go To Think: Yard work or swimming laps.

Your Best Quality: Choosing to live with a forgiving and grateful attitude.

Hometown: Although born in West Memphis, Memphis has always been my hometown.

First Car You Owned: A forest green 1969 Pontiac GTO, 354 engine named “Norman Green Bomb”

Favorite Southern Idiom: As a child I was always confused by “You look rode hard and put up wet.”

One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Learning to play the drums as I study to attain a college degree.

Favorite Place to Travel: Kuai, Haiwaii is my favorite spot but I hear that my mind will change once I visit Aruba.

Best Memphis Hangout: A bike ride on the Greenline to hang out with the tribe at Otherlands Cafe or the Levitt Shell.

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: That has always been the Mississippi River — my dad served with the Corps of Engineers.

Something You’ll Never Live Down: Interviewing James Brown for over an hour and later realizing I forgot to press the “Record” button.

Proudest Moment of Your Life: There are several but honestly right now it is serving the City of Memphis through libraries and neighborhoods.

The Highlight of Your Day: The feeling, the thought and sometimes the knowing that someone’s life is better because of an encounter with me or my work.

Your Lucky Charm: Two pink topaz stones for safe travels given to me by one of my spiritual teachers and a bear claw ring I wear for always “finding my way home.”

Best Advice You Ever Got: It was really a question: “What would I do for a living if money was not a consideration?” I have been extremely fortunate in that regard.

Who Would Play You in a Movie: Since Sydney Portier is not available, it would have to be Michael Ealy or Cuba Gooding, Jr. and the movie is called “The Hero’s Journey.”

Favorite Song: “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters has been at the top of my list since birth, although “Love’s Divine” by Seal is tied with at least 10 others for the #1 position.

Dream Dinner Guest: Of the many options, I will choose Albert Einstein — I admire his child-like qualities, selfless concern or appearances and his spiritual mind.