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 heart years. From taking pictures deer in Texas to taking pictures photos 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 genuine and deeply honest.

Although the categorical information are just one woman's studies, this e-book is, in a feeling, the tale of each girl who got here of age initially of the women's circulation within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted via any girl who chooses to have either occupation and family.

Entry from 1978: whilst I learn of pollutants and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, deliberating the area to return, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and even if i actually are looking to deliver a toddler into this international. what's going to occur to me if i do not develop into extra accountable? it is all effective to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be sufficient at fifty, and with the accountability for one more man or woman? now not tremendous concerns, yet sobering recommendations in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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Page 1 Journal I Linda Page 3 Linda October 14, 1975 Dinner with Kay. " To date, I've only learned the rudiments of creating, in the sense of choosing my life, thus controlling more significant portions. I know that I alone am responsible for enduring, of choosing what I do, but now I must learn to do more than just endure. Thought: Laughter is a good way of sublimating, not only sexual needs, but loneliness. Losing a generosity of spiritthe capacity to feel joy at another's happinessis almost as bad as losing one's sense of humor.

I'm afraid to admit that Luke just might not be the right person or kind of person, because then I'll have to start all over. But maybe that's okay. We'll try again for an equal relationship. I've been in a good mood for several days now. It's nice to be up. June 14, 1977 (With General Hill at a convention in Indianapolis) JLH: A sense of the weight of unknown issues, facts, life-affecting decisions; yet one man, rather short, tired, a bit sick, must have the ready smile and twice-winded vitality to remain decisively compassionate.

Am I losing generosity of spiritor is that merely a comment on my own abilities at my job? Thought: I rarely am that kind of jealous about others' personal happiness, maybe because right now, for all my lonely complaining, I am content with my lot and wouldn't basically change it. I've tried hard to be more efficient and productive at work and to leave it alone when I come home. September 6, 1976 Things that have occurred since my last entry: 1. I won the cooling tower casenotices in the paper.

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