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

By Linda Aaker

A hippie antiwar protester became antitrust legal professional 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 center years. From taking pictures deer in Texas to capturing photographs within the Himalayas, from enduring the courting scene to changing 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 global 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 girl who got here of age firstly of the women's stream within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted by way of any lady who chooses to have either profession and family.

Entry from 1978: while I learn of pollutants and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, taking into account the area to return, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and no matter if i actually are looking to carry a baby into this international. what is going to ensue to me if i do not develop into extra dependable? it is all high-quality to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be sufficient at fifty, and with the accountability for an additional man or woman? now not immense concerns, yet sobering innovations in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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I think I want to marry him, but I'm not sure yet. He's certain we'll always be friends, but not "lovers/long range exclusive partners" because our backgrounds are too different. He may be right. I feel rejected that Luke feels no sexual desire for me. Funny thing is that I don't feel that kind of sexual feeling for him, either; rather, a lot of affection. Things I don't like about Luke: 1. He's selfish. Page 24 2. He works too much. 3. Although he's in good touch with his own feelings, he's not very sensitive to mine.

Losing a generosity of spiritthe capacity to feel joy at another's happinessis almost as bad as losing one's sense of humor. I wonder if people like Kay know, or sense, the impact they have on others' lives by their mere existence or a chance encounter with them. Perhaps just growing older (I can't believe I'll be twenty-seven in two weeks) makes me appreciate nights like tonight for the high that they are, and not regret the moment by wishing for more. Is that "settling" or just learning acceptance?

The ending thought was one of painalthough slight. For life to be rich, the risks necessarily entail moments of hurt. People are so fragilejust like me! I've learned not to take some of the small stuff so seriously, but I get mixed up about which things are small. Good sign. The hurt leaves quickly. Maybe Don is rightif we talk about it, it stays under control. Am getting stronger, though tenuously. The new stereo gives me joy. Page 5 April 3, 1976 Flying from Houston to Austin, toward home. There are other geographical areas more beautiful, but Austin is home.

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