Linda Dutton wears a porkpie hat. Like the lid itself and the jazz musicians who made it popular, she is a cool classic; bopping to the beat of her own drum and, at 52, comfortable in her own skin. As she tells her story, she is inclined to long verbal riffs, peppered with bits of slam poetry of her own creation. Listening to her is like listening to an improvisational jazz piece, freeform, and a little hard to pin down. You never know where it’s going to take you but you know it’s going to be someplace good – so if you’re smart, you’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride. Only then do you realize that what at first seemed a bit extemporaneous actually has structure, direction, and a great deal of lyrical passion. Throughout her life – just like the jazz and R&B musicians she loves – Linda has known when to lay back, when to break out, and when to step up and take the lead. And when she does, she nails it.
Welcome to The Breakroom. Have a cup of coffee with us and discover what it takes for women to create better lives through meaningful work. In The Breakroom, you will find everything about women and work except the gossip. Come to The Breakroom to hear personal stories, to get the facts, to understand the challenges and struggles, to be inspired and enlightened – and, hopefully, to connect with the people and a small, but powerful place in Baltimore that will change your life for good.
A new blog post will be ready for you each month, and I invite your comments. From time to time, I’ll include a photograph of the world-in-miniature that exists in the two-and-a-half miles along Greenmount Avenue between my house and Caroline Center on Somerset Street. Greenmount Avenue is a panoply of daily life in Baltimore. Everything that can happen happens here.