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Willett's Baltimore Transitions / Expressions

Willett .

Willett .
Baltimore, Maryland,
June 15
Write of Passage, Inc.
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

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MAY 25, 2010 8:43AM

No One Can Accuse Her of Being a Bridezilla

“Well he better teach her English. That’s all I have to say.” The speaker is Kevin, the owner of the busy café, where I have my first of several cups of coffee most mornings. He’s talking to Bill, also the owner of the cafe and his partner of nineteen years. Read full post »

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MAY 21, 2010 9:33AM

I need my mother to be my mother, not my friend

Life as I know it has come to an end My mother requested that I “friend” her.  This wasn’t supposed to happen to me. Sure, I’ve heard the tales: adult children of parents in their 70s and beyond, guilted into “friending” their parents, only to be mortif/… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2010 10:16AM

Dances with Food

At 148 pounds, and 20 years later, I still love food (and Ramien noodles), just not so noisily.


“You’re not doing your little dance,” Jill says.  I look over at my friend, nodding, continuing to conservatively chew away at my veal parmesan.  Of course I wasn&rsquo/Read full post »

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MAY 4, 2010 8:27AM

The Wire's Rafael Alvarez talks about writing

It could be said that writer Rafael Alvarez has close ties with Station North, its Greenmount neighborhood in particular.  A native Baltimorean, who started out writing for The Baltimore Sun, Alvarez wrote for fellow Sun alum David Simon’s hit HBO series “The Wire.” Gr

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As Black History Month comes to a close, here's my writer friend Dedrick Muhammad's mother's reflections on what moved her to join the civil rights movement.

FEBRUARY 13, 2010 7:37PM

Remembering Lucille Clifton (Reposted)

Lucille Clifton died Saturday after a long battle with cancer at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.  She was 73.

Her many achievements and honors?  She was lucille clifton via st Poet Laureate of the state of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She was the first black woman to

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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 11:03PM

Hot Chocolate Memories

I sent my sister her present yesterday, an assortment of gourmet hot chocolates from the Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company timed to arrive for her 39th birthday on Saturday. I sent her gift via Express Mail, hoping that the USPS would live up to its motto “Neither Snow Nor Rain NorRead full post »

                The Mid-Atlantic area is buried in snow.  The state of Maryland, where I live, got 80-plus inches so far this winter.  This is no urban legend.  It’s no severed hand found in a child’… 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, disconnected the electricity to the part of… Read full post »

                    The morning I read author Tayrai Jones’ Facebook status update, a request asking those struggling with foreclosures due to subprime loans to speak with a writer friend of hers, I dRead full post »