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Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother By B. Morrison Innocent Confessions of a Welfare Mother Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However when her marriage soured s
  • Title: Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother
  • Author: B. Morrison
  • ISBN: 9781934074657
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother By B. Morrison Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handGrowing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world welfare This dramatic memoir tells how one woman finds and grasps the lifeline that ultimately enables her to become independent B Morrison is the author of a poetry collection entitled Here at Least, and is currently working on a novel Visit her website and blog at bmorrison.
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    1. B. Morrison

      Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B Morrison, is a poet and writer, a publisher, teacher, and dancer In her new poetry collection, Terrarium, she explores the influence of place where you live, where you grew up, where you travel, where you go in dreams Her previous collection, Here at Least, chronicles a journey undertaken in response to Rilke s directive You must change your life A few years after graduating from college, 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 She attributes part of her success in escaping poverty to her involvement in the world of traditional dance and music She performed as a morris dancer for thirty years and continues to be active in the Country Dance and Song Society and several of its affiliates.Barbara s award winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines She conducts writing workshops and speaks on women s and poverty related issues She is also the owner of a small press and provides editing services She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry bmorrison9 For information, visit her website and blog at bmorrison.

    242 thoughts on “Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother”

    1. Although my politics are liberal and my attitude toward the disenfranchised is generally sympathetic, this memoir by Balti writer B Morrison was a real eye opener I doubt I m alone in my perception of a certain type of single Welfare mother uneducated, unskilled and unsophisticated Morrison s touching tale blew that perception to smithereens with details such as community vegetable gardens as a way of putting healthy food on the table, bananas as occasional treats, and learning how to work on on [...]


    2. Some changes are deliberate, only made after much weighing of pros and cons, while some are decided in an instant Still others are the merest accident As you can guess from the title of this memoir, this book is about a mother on welfare The book s author, Barbara Morrison was raised in a family that abhorred the idea of welfare, and looked down in disgust upon those whom collected it Additionally, Morrison is not the stereotypical ideal of a welfare mom being college educated, raised in an affl [...]


    3. As a highly educated woman who had to go on Welfare, when my second son was a baby and his dad left us, I identified strongly with the desperate and loving woman mother narrating this memoir Every difficulty, every self doubt, every struggle with the petty and crucial hardships, the demeaning bureaucratic barriers, the middleclass onlookers disgusting and would be debilitating insults, and yet also those moments of sharing and winning some small step forward in real sisterhood with other struggl [...]


    4. What a charming book What a auspicious find Barbara speaks of her life in Worcester, where she got involved in the dancing troupe She speak of the same street Linnea and I walked, the same parks where we spent our time while in Worcester She even went to Pinewoods, this dear dancing community I had to chance to visit, where Linnea worked as a cook It was this community which supported her so much during hard times What a treat to find it appear in a book.Her reflection on welfare put faces and p [...]


    5. A story by a local author with a mission to rectify the erroneous myth that parents who accept welfare are all ne re do wells Barbara Morrison writes thoughtfully exhibiting humor and self control as she remembers what her days were once like I was so pleased to hear her speak and read from her memoir and books of poetry at the Roland Park Branch of Enoch Pratt Take note She is available to speak at local book clubs


    6. POVERTY IS NO SIN by George HerbertBLURB Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world welfare This dramatic memoir tells how [...]


    7. It s so funny to read a story you didn t know about people you do Barbara writes beautifully and honestly about her years as a single mother of young children receiving welfare Her depictions of the constant battles for basic needs and dignity are stark, but the women she met along the way are a fierce and varied group and she sings their strengths.


    8. For me, reading Innocent Confessions of a Welfare Mother, by Barbara Morrison, was to encounter two different passions, almost equally strong The first is expected why does the bureaucracy in place to form a safety next instead make it so hard to treat people as individuals My other emotion was guilt Reading Morrison s work is to reflect on the times I ve looked smugly down from my societal place at those far below and wondered, in my secret heart of hearts, how some people could have allowed th [...]


    9. Morrison does an excellent job in this book of connecting the reader to the hidden life of welfare mothers I love how honest she is in her depiction of her upbringing and how she ended up being on welfare As an aside, although technically social workers need a degree in that field, there is no title protection for social workers meaning that agencies can make positions with that name without the necessary underlying education Although the book is a look behind the system, I think that at its cru [...]


    10. This book made me angry Barbara Morrison tells a story of living by other people s rules simply because she was on welfare She endured the scorn of her parents, her neighbors, her landlord and total strangers in line at the grocery store who would make comments about the items in her shopping cart Yet, she never gets angry herself When she was nine months pregnant and the store manager refused to honor her welfare check for a baby crib, she finally stood up for her rights and made a scene I want [...]


    11. The memoir of a woman who survived on welfare and with the help of friends and strangers, managed to become independent Being a single mom with two small children and no skills made finding a job which would pay for house, food, day care and health care impossible, so she did the best she could on welfare A touching story that was definitely a good read




    12. I can t even imagine how difficult it is to live and raise children on welfare To me it would be the scariest way to live.I enjoyed this book, learned a lot and would recommend it.


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