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 fervour are spiked with humor and looking out during this compelling story of a contemporary woman's trip to life's heart years. From capturing deer in Texas to capturing photos within the Himalayas, from enduring the relationship scene to turning into a mom, from hitch-hiking by myself in Guatemala to touring with invoice and Hillary Clinton at the pre-election Texas bus journey, Aaker's international is genuine and deeply honest.

Although the categorical info are just one woman's reports, this booklet is, in a feeling, the tale of each lady who got here of age first and foremost of the women's move within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted by way of any girl who chooses to have either occupation 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, taking into consideration the realm to come back, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and no matter 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 liable? it is all positive to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be adequate at fifty, and with the accountability for one more individual? no longer massive concerns, yet sobering strategies in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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Integrity. 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?

Go into practice with two lawyers, a man and a woman. 7. The light-haired lawyer was honest with me. Page 23 8. My sister Janet was happy; Cathy may be divorced in two years. 9. A child, a little boy, was running around. 10. Luke would invite me to go on vacation to a coast in July. 11. I'd buy a new car. 12. I shouldn't leave this job till I had something definite. 13. 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.

I'm afraid to dump on him the insecurities and the "clutchy" piece of myself. Afraid I'll lose him, but that's silly. I never had him. And if I ever did have him, that's not the kind of relationship I want. May 11, 1977 After writing the above entry, I went to Luke's house and cried. He was nice, but just doesn't want to give me what I need. Somehow I tend to pick men who aren't affectionate and simply keep themselves removed from me. Dreamed last night I was pregnant. Luke and Al were there. The baby was a beautiful girland then her head fell off to one side because I picked it up wrong.

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