Throw-Back Thursday: Six photos from age 12 to age 18.
In the first of these, at age 12 [1967, 7th grade, Dilley], my molestation had stopped but could recur at any point. I took steps that autumn to remove myself from his reach by siding with my father against my mother and demanding we take a job offer in Brazil. I was still wondering if I could have gotten pregnant. The dress I am wearing here represents a class shame I simply cannot write about.
The next one [9th grade, 1969], after our return from Brasil, was in Stoneburg where I experienced my first real freedom.
The third, at age 15 [10th grade, 1970, Stoneburg -- I made the dress I'm wearing], was when I was falling in love for the first time with a girl.
The fourth [age 16, junior year, 1971, Stoneburg] was after I'd started being mistreated by that first love (of course whom I chose turned out to be a sexual predator of children -- not long after this, she later raped my little brother).
In the fifth one [age 17, senior year, 1972, Stoneburg], I had just become lovers with someone new, five years my elder and very controlling.
In the sixth, my second year of college [1974, age 19, Denton], I was still emerging from a nervous breakdown brought on by poverty, shame, and being cheated on by my second lover with my first. Feminism was just arriving in my personal world to help me make sense of it all.
These are hard memories and tough years. Recovery was a long way off and 2000 miles away.
THINGS I NEED: Emergency gasoline- or propane-powered generator of 2500 watts or better
THINGS I WANT: Books: Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey by William Least Heat Moon; The Round House by Louise Erdrich; Some Assembly Required by Annie and Sam Lamott; Silk Parachute by John McPhee Fruit, cheese, and/or nuts Non-acidic file storage boxes 1 small container treacle Decent working vacuum cleaner (have an electric broom, need heavier duty) Birdseed that attracts cardinals, jays, buntings, juncos, nuthatches and woodpeckers DVD with "An American in Paris" Cat food: W/D feline kibble Strawberry pot Turntable that converts vinyl to MP3s
ITEMS REMOVED FROM LIST:
"Singing In The Rain" and "Wizard of Oz" [gifted to me by Tammi Castillo] A Simple Revolution by Judy Grahn [gifted to me by Kitty Barber]
"Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver [gifted to me from Pam I.!!] 1 year donation to Heifer International for either chickens or a goat to an African farm woman [gifted to me from Win Farrell and Sheldon Linseth!!] 1 year sub to Netflix [gifted to me from Liza Cowan!!]
African prints [gifted to me by Melinda Costello and Margot Williams!!]
Cat costumes [gifted to me by Ian Williams and Therry Neilsen-Steinhardt!!]
1 year sub to Fold3 [gifted to me by Margot Williams!!]
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR GINNY BATES
For background information on the characters and a basic summary of Ginny Bates, read this. For past chapters, go down this column to Labels, find Ginny Bates and follow the numbers in brackets after each label to read the chapter in more or less chronological order.
To see a floorplan of their house, go to the post Setting Up House. For a "genealogy" of the main characters, look at this graphic. To see the map of "their" Seattle, click on this. For a floorplan of their beach house near Galveston, check here. For the floorplan of their second house, after 2013, look here.
Why This Blog?
In the mid 1980's, I began creating a periodic newsletter for a close circle of friends, sharing information and thoughts -- like a holiday letter, only several times a year. I consumed a great deal of press-on typeface, Dover uncopyrighted graphics, and offset printing services. Sometimes I miss those days, the hands-on tangibility of it all. Two of those newsletters became infamous: The one where I was taken in by the "Alien Autopsy" fake documentary on Fox and wrote everybody about how this had to be exposed (listen, it was a difficult year for me) and the one where I sent everybody a color Xerox of the polyp photographed within my uterus.
My friend AJ brought me into the cyberworld, and eventually my newsletters became select group e-mails, named Maggie's Watershed. But now it's time to make use of even more expanded technology (and thanks to Liza Cowan for the nudge). This format will allow you to link easily to sites and sights I'm recommending, and will also give you the chance to comment. Ya'll come back now, heah?