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

By Linda Aaker

A hippie antiwar protester became antitrust attorney tells of coming of age within the 80s. Politics and keenness are spiked with humor and looking out during this compelling story of a contemporary woman's trip to life's center years. From capturing deer in Texas to taking pictures images within the Himalayas, from enduring the courting scene to turning 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 stories, this e-book is, in a feeling, the tale of each lady who got here of age in the beginning of the women's stream within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted via any girl who chooses to have either profession and family.

Entry from 1978: while I learn of toxins and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, taking into consideration the realm to return, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and even if i actually are looking to convey a baby into this global. what is going to ensue to me if i do not turn into extra in charge? it is all high quality to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be adequate at fifty, and with the accountability for an additional man or woman? no longer gigantic concerns, yet sobering strategies in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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I'd make the decision to leave this job in two months. May 14, 1977 Will gets married tonight. Andrea, not I, will be Luke's date. Emily told me she had had Hodgkin's disease for three years. She's one of two people who've lived after having it. " All the problems recede a bit in that context. Yes, I do love being alive! Paul said he would hurt with me if after all these months of discovering my identity I'd let it be submerged into another's. ) Luke: 1. He's strong as a person. 2. He makes me be the best person I am when I'm with him.

I have to hold back. He's told me so often that he didn't think we'd work. Should I believe him? I don't trust men very well. I'm afraid to rely on their words since so many have lied to me. Yet Luke wouldn't lie and he says so clearly that he only wants friendship from me. Why must I always hear what I want to hear rather than the truth? I've not been totally honest in words with Luke. He knows I'm in love with him, but since I try to downplay it, he does too. From Rod and Cliff, I learned you can't change someone.

This quality to reach out and secure for a moment a connection with what lies at the heart of someone is my gift. It doesn't take any effort on my partat least in a work sense. It's like Susan's facility to help different peoplewho have common goals but varying methodscome together. In a flash I perceived this quality and simultaneously realized that's one of Tim's qualities too. We both attract friends. October 12, 1977 Last night was my parents' thirtieth anniversary. Daddy left Mother alone and went drinking.

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