Write of Passage

Willett's Baltimore Transitions / Expressions

Willett .

Willett .
Location
Baltimore, Maryland,
Birthday
June 15
Company
Write of Passage, Inc.
Bio
Willett Thomas is the President of Write of Passage, Inc., a 501(C)(3) communications, training, and publishing organization formed in 2010 to assist underserved artists and writers. She is also a freelance writer, writing in and about Baltimore. She recently relocated to the neighborhood of Greenmount, where the exterior shots of the HBO series, The Wire were filmed. She's pleased to report any rumored resemblances to the television series are greatly exaggerated. *** Like us at Facebook ;-) http://www.facebook.com/WriteofPassage

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Mayella's firstRead full post »

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Mr. Herbert getsRead full post »

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Mayella meetsRead full post »

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Delores reflectsRead full post »

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Herbert HalRead full post »

This serialized novel follows 17 year-old Mayella Winton, who has recently been expelled from the tony Freemont Academy for Negro Girls, and comes to live with her Mother, Delores, who is the live-in housekeeper for Herbert Halethorpe, a rich, Baltimore industrialist.

This excerpt: Mayella'sRead full post »

Here's an excerpt to the next installment of the Charm Offensive.
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The Homecoming

When I arrived I was a sight. The ride from the Freemont Academy for Wayward Negro Girls was a rough one. Of course, this was not the institution’s proper name, but considering… Read full post »

Hello OSers,

Baltimore Post-Examiner is a new online magazine very open to creative writing: fiction, essay, poetry, etc., and you don't have to be from B'more or writing about the city to be considered.    

Below is the link to the first chapter of my serial novel, The CharRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 2, 2012 10:32AM

Open Marriage (circa 1960’s)

When I was five I didn’t know my mother was in an open marriage, and for the most part neither did she.  My parents married when my mother was 24, just out of college, and my father, 29, played basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters. He did the road thing. She didRead full post »

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JANUARY 24, 2012 6:37AM

Paula Deen, I Understand Denial

I called my mother and asked her if she had heard about the thing with Paula Deen.  She said she had. I asked her what she thought of the whole stink. She said, “Not much.”

I understand Paula Deen.  And because I do, it’s a little hard to understand why… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 17, 2011 3:17PM

Shorondra Reynolds -- Baltimore Memories

When Shorondra Reynolds was a baby we lived in a row of Baltimore brownstones on the edge of Pigtown. Just me and my mother, back when there were no single mothers, just Adele’s mother or Mary’s mama, Kiki’s madear, and their like. It was a time when a five year-old with… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2011 9:00AM

Menage a trois? I bet that means I’m the most!

We met at an artist retreat.

I had never heard of artists’ retreats before. When I finished my program in creative writing, I was prepared to do what most graduates do: defer paying my student loan as long as possible, get a tolerable admin job that might, possibly, segue intoRead full post »

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JANUARY 11, 2011 8:34AM

French Connection? Gene Hackman wants no parts of this

          

I woke up hungry. Station North Café is closed all Federal Holidays. Something I can’t seem to get through my thick head. It’s also closed those days the owner Kevin feels the need to “live his best life,” whRead full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 8:59AM

The New Café Culture, Or What’s Cornbread Gotta Do With It

“A girl’s gotta have her cornbread.” This is what I hear as I sit at my usual table at Station North Arts Café, a spot I am found at so often that upon seeing me those not in the know are often compelled to ask:  (1) If I’m one of theRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 25, 2010 9:05AM

Thoroughly Mod Peggy Lipton Says– Want a man? Eat meat!

The first time I became a vegetarian lasted sixteen hours.  My mother had come home from work and announced that she was tired and we kids were to fend for ourselves. The meat that was in the refrigerator included two hundred Murry’s Italian meatballs for 1.99, and an empty box of… Read full post »

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AUGUST 20, 2010 8:33AM

Finding My Balance

I’m fascinated by most things Baltimore; it’s hard not to be. 

I’m intrigued by Baltimore’s rowhouses, especially those built in the 19th Century.  Tall and regal, short and stout, Federal, Queen Anne, or Greek Revival in style, thousands of rowhouses as quintessen/Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2010 4:04PM

The Deep End of the Pool

“Girl, let me tell you…” This is how it starts. Even before I pick up the receiver, I know it’s her, something in the trill.  And, of course, I have caller ID.  An early alert Plan B of sorts, one I willingly pay 6.95 a month for in order to identifyRead full post »

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JULY 14, 2010 7:59AM

I Said Hoard, Not Whore

The move should have taken 4 to 6 hours. This is what the moving company rep estimated. Twenty-four hours later, after the first box had been placed on the moving van, I was finally unsettled in my new home and completely exhausted though I hadn’t lifted even a lamp shade. My… Read full post »

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JULY 1, 2010 7:27AM

Motherhood at Eleven

“I’ll be your surrogate -- if you want.”  I turned and looked at my sister, my baby sister, and stared.  I then swallowed hard the lump in my throat and said the words required when confronted with such an offer  – those times a person volunteers to let you use… Read full post »

In a nutshell: If it looks like crazy on a normal day, keep walking, don’t dare slow down.

Eighteen months into it, during which: he kicked in my bedroom door, drilled down the screws in the locks so I couldn’t change them myself,

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JUNE 23, 2010 8:55AM

My Mother, Nomadic Warrior Woman

 

 

“I should’ve never had kids.”  I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard my mother utter these words, always with a sigh, always with eyes seemingly filled with regret and longing for a life better lived.  And this seems true to me.  For someRead full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 2:15PM

Letting go of the American dream

Sitting at the settlement table I had that feeling of freefalling.  It was the same feeling I had been experiencing for the last couple of weeks, only in those instances everything had been more ethereal and in dream form. But once seated at the mahogany table, I actually felt dizzy, and… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 30, 2010 1:31PM

Stranger Danger–Sure, but what's he got on the grill?


My BBF (best Baltimore friend), Alexia --  she’s gregarious, brilliant, adventurous and beautiful, hardly the perfect wingman (wingperson?) for an extrovertedly challenged person like myself, but somehow it works – will spend Memorial Day weekend with some guy named Michael and anoth
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MAY 29, 2010 4:32PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Cher!

Congratulations to Cher for 64 great years (May 20), marked Cherwith grace, beauty and all around fierce female aplomb! In this belated commemoration of your birthday, and as a salute to my favorite Cher movie, Moonstruck, with much reverence, I offer up the following:

For my mother, “Snap… Read full post »

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MAY 28, 2010 9:04AM

Say It Loud, I’m Slutty Black Barbie & I’m Proud

I got my first Barbie when I was six.  She was white.  By seven, I had received my first of several black Barbies, all given to me by my numerous aunts for birthdays, Christmases, and/or for simply being a good girl, often receiving the same model within months of each other. Read full post »