Friday, April 6, 2012

Barb Morrison and Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother (archived)

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Morrison graduated 
from Roland Park Country School before attending 
Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) 
in Westminster, Maryland, and Clark University in 
Worcester, Massachusetts. A few years after 
graduating with a BA in English and while still living 
in Worcester, her marriage collapsed and she found 
herself forced to go on welfare. It is this experience of 
a world very different from the one in which she grew up that she 
describes in her memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother. 
After four years on welfare, Morrison returned to Baltimore to help her 
elderly parents and complete her teaching certification. She taught 
English in the Baltimore City public schools and adult education for Bell 
Atlantic (now Verizon). For the last 25 years, she has been working as a 
systems engineer, specializing in communications networks and 
information security. Her grown sons are also successful professionals. 
Morrison is currently working on a novel about her years on welfare. She 
is also the author of a poetry collection, Here at Least, with a second 
volume, Terrarium, scheduled for 2012. She has won multiple awards 
and has been published in magazines such as The Sun, Sin Fronteras, 
Scribble, and Tiny Lights. She conducts writing workshops and helps lead 
the Baltimore Poetry Discussion Group. Visit her website and blog at

Blessed are the peacemakers...
a white cop, a black kid

Arnold Penxa is a white cop from black Detroit, Michigan determined to save the lives of children no matter the cost, no matter the color. He is an ex war veteran and retired Detroit policeman, now working for a private school security firm,and he sniffs out a conspiracy for a multiple school shooting. The problem is that nobody wants to believe him except for a few close friends, so he's forced to act mostly alone to bust up the plot. Forget the usual suspects. This is the Mad Motor City where the line between common sense and criminal behavior is never clear.

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