A woman's odyssey: journals, 1976-1992 by Linda Aaker

By Linda Aaker

A hippie antiwar protester grew to become antitrust legal professional tells of coming of age within the 80s. Politics and keenness are spiked with humor and looking during this compelling story of a contemporary woman's trip to life's center years. From capturing deer in Texas to capturing images within the Himalayas, from enduring the courting scene to changing into a mom, from hitch-hiking on my own in Guatemala to touring with invoice and Hillary Clinton at the pre-election Texas bus journey, Aaker's global is actual and deeply honest.

Although the explicit info are just one woman's reviews, this ebook is, in a feeling, the tale of each lady who got here of age at the beginning of the women's move within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted through any girl who chooses to have either profession and family.

Entry from 1978: whilst I learn of toxins and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, contemplating the area to come back, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and even if i actually are looking to convey a baby into this international. what's going to ensue to me if i do not turn into extra dependable? it is all tremendous to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be sufficient at fifty, and with the accountability for an additional person? now not colossal concerns, yet sobering ideas in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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It was good to wake up and not be depressed, but I keep taking my emotional temperature to see if the good feelings would last. Susan's friend appeared out of the blue. The assistant federal public defender in AlbuquerqueI liked him. He wrote a novel once. Went to the art museum and saw a hologram. Mind expanding to think of creating an "extra room" which isn't there. Don came by. He glanced through my responses to Paul (the psychologist's) questionnaire and saw my response to the sex life. Don't think he liked it.

3. " 4. Personal security and stability. At work I too often berate or look down on the clerks. They need to be inspired. So do I sometimes! Slowly I'm awakening to the fact that we are the grownups. Is leadership really to be learned and exercised on the local level first? I dream of power at times, but am bored at neighborhood meetings. Is this preoccupation with power and politics merely another passing stage in my life? And do I want to be a leader for something or just to be known as an "important" person?

But for now it is comfortable, and real. Can't sleep tonight, so reread diary entries and then began The Golden Notebook. Lessing was absolutely correct when she said that one shouldn't read a book until one is readydon't force feed the "ought to" books. I'm glad I waited to read Lessing. Tonight when Al was here, I had a sense of freedom in knowing that it was okay to take relationships with men for what they are and not to try to make them "loves" of my life and then be upset when they aren't.

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