The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.

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I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Today I am late for work.

Yesterday, I amped up my genealogy research. I joined I plan on cancelling my subscription in 13 days. I found out my grandfather Edward Willis’ first name is actually Orick. I also shockingly found out that on his WW 2 draft card he is listed as white. He was bald and had hazel eyes. So I suppose if he had grown his hair out they would have listed him as colored or negro.

It turns out we are descendents of Farmer Willis. The woman Delia Willis would be my great great grandmother. I was angry at her for naming one of her sons Farmer Willis. The man who fathered her children was Farmer Willis. I was angry because well she didnt even know his real first name or maybe Farmer was a nickname? Her son Farmer Willis was my great grandfather and he in turn named one of his sons Farmer Willis also. Farmer married a woman named Betty who died before 1910. Knowing my family medical history. I suspect she must have died of some form of cancer.

My next goal is to find Bettys maiden name. They all lived in Gloucester, Virginia in the Ware township which is named after the Ware River. Also Delia is sometimes in the census listed as M for mullato. Uncle Percy who was my grandfathers brother was listed as mullato in a census book from 1920..


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