With Courage and Common Sense: Memoirs from the Older Women's Legacy Circles

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Women who were sixty or older at the turn of the twenty-first century have lived through some of recent history's most momentous moments—and yet these women often believe that their personal lives and stories are insignificant, not worthy of being recorded for future generations. To change that perception and capture some of these life stories before they are lost, the Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, developed the Older Women's Legacy (OWL) Circle ...

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Overview

Women who were sixty or older at the turn of the twenty-first century have lived through some of recent history's most momentous moments—and yet these women often believe that their personal lives and stories are insignificant, not worthy of being recorded for future generations. To change that perception and capture some of these life stories before they are lost, the Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, developed the Older Women's Legacy (OWL) Circle Memoir Workshops. During the first two years of the project (1998-2000), nearly 500 older women participated in workshops that offered them the opportunity and encouragement to reflect on and create written records of their lives.

With Courage and Common Sense presents an extensive selection of memoirs from the OWL Circle project. Organized thematically, they describe women's experiences of identity, place, work, family life, love and marriage, loss and healing, adventures great and small, major historical events, and legacies to keep and pass along. Taken as a whole, the memoirs chronicle far-reaching changes in the ways that women participated in the world during the twentieth century. They show how women learned to surmount obstacles, to courageously make the most of the opportunities that came their way, and to move quietly and wisely beyond the limits that were imposed upon them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292701885
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert
Susan Wittig Albert, Ph.D., founded the Story Circle Network, based in Austin, Texas, in 1997.

Dayna Finet is an independent scholar and writer who co-directed the OWL Circle project.

Biography

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Table of Contents

Foreword by Liz Carpenter
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter One. Identity: I Am Not Always the Same Person
Daughter Gayle Hunt
A Woman Named Billie Billie Grace Herring
My Mother's Daughter Katherine Koonce
My Father's Daughter Jo Scudder
A Story about Who I Am Ruby Johnston
All the Things I Am Williene Story
I Am Not Always the Same Person Marilyn Zimmerman
Going to School Oma Gillis
A European Youth Erika Eden
Girls Just Didn't Go to College Gayle Hunt
A Lover of Back Roads Martha Knies
Gifts That I Chose for Myself Selah Rose

Chapter Two. Home: I Was Born in East Texas
I Was Born in East Texas . . . Helen G. Burton
How My Mother Got Her Washing Machine Janie Kirkpatrick
Keeping House for My Mother Betty Martin
Courage and Little Else Helen Ibbotson
Chores, Chores, Endless Chores Mary Lou Morgette
A Lesson for Young Brides Oleta Cates
Horses, Friends, and Cleaning Out the Stalls Sarah McKinney
Aunt Hattie's House Janice Wilkins
Finding Home Grace B. Schmitt

Chapter Three. Work: Making Something That Lasted
Making Something That Lasted Kathryn Doggett
God Had Given Me a Brain Gayle Hunt
Making My Own Way Erma Hiltpold
Clerking in My Dad's General Store Pat Simmons
"I'm Doing the Best I Can" Patricia Gunderlach
District 23, Speedway School Rose Vrba
Southern Belle: A Full-Time Job Marthanne Luzader
A Fitting Job Mathilda Mimun
Cattle Drive Erin Colleen Moore
The Autoclave Lavern Crawford
My Navy Career Joan H. Crews
An Office in the Courthouse Margaret C. Long
Things Began to Change Faye L. Kelly
My Silver Star Billie Grace Herring
Just an Old Hooker Lois Earley
Granny's Biscuits Sue Kinney

Chapter Four. Family: Grandmother and the Pirates
Grandmother and the Pirates Eula Rae McCown
My Father and the Value of Money Bonnie Knipp
Nanoo Carole Burke
Grandma Maggie Helman Joann Bynum
My Mother and the Pigeons Martha Knies
An Unexpected Meeting Patricia Lyón
William and the Outhouse Martha Brian
My Brother Ray Kathryn Doggett
Aminta Amparo González
We All Loved Each Other Bertie W. Wright
Lillian Francys Shliff
Rosy Ruby Varnon Bishop

Chapter Five. Love: 'Til We Meet Again
'Til We Meet Again Sherlie Hurwitz
Love Letters Nadeane Walker Anderson
Those Golden Days at Graceland Katherine Koonce
How My Life Changed Amparo González
To Do As I Pleased Minnie Ree Baccus
A Keepsake Penny, and Love Refound Eula Rae McCown
"Hey, Maud Farkle . . ." Paula Stephens-Bishop
Do You Believe in Fate? Evelyn Simon
"I Will Promise You a Rose Garden" Val Jean Schmidt

Chapter Six. Loss: The Strength to Survive
The Lost Shoes Alice M. Short
The Day My Childhood Died Ruby Varnon Bishop
When Daddy Died Ruby A. Taylor
The Strength to Survive Sarah Lichtman
Teddy Jean Wyllys
Changing Places Joyce A. Dehlin
Renee Irene Luedke
The Day Grandma Died Sidna Leavenworth
"I Should Have Cried" Lucy A. Boyea
Losing Martha Bobbye Jo Barker
When I Think of Grace . . . Jeanie Forsyth

Chapter Seven. Living Fully: I Still Had My Two Dollars
Decoration Day, Fairy Tales, and the Ice Cream Wagon Oma Gillis
I Still Had My Two Dollars Marji Smith
Baseball Fever Jane R. Peppard
The Best Christmas Mary G. Warren
Inside a Prism Ruby Varnon Bishop
My Bonneville Convertible Pauline Carey
Kyky the Elephant Margaret F. Shive
Outward Bound Jeanie Forsyth
The Happiest Day of My Life Erma Hiltpold
The Day My Daughter Walked Mary Holder
I Felt like a Queen Lorene B. Laird
A Summer with Granny Rylee Pat Williamson

Chapter Eight. Witness: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Events
Remembering War Mathilda Mimun
Holocaust Survivor Sarah Lichtman
"Where Is Pearl Harbor?" Lavern Crawford
December 7, 1941 Jean Leonard
How Would I Measure Up under Fire? Eileen C. Titus
Rommel's Hannibal Connection Janine M. Koch
Not a Dry Eye in the House Patricia J. Click
When the Americans Came Jean Wyllys
The Day Roosevelt Died Bobbye Jo Barker
An Army Wife in Postwar Germany Faye L. Kelly
An Ordinary Day: An Extraordinary Event Wanda Heath
Terror: The Day MLK Died Louise Kent
When the Russians Invaded Czechoslovakia Dolores R. Muhich
Four Joyful Days Agatha Barbay

Chapter Nine. Legacies: "I Wish You Could Have Known My Grandma"
Family Books, Family Treasures Helen Burnette
The Tapestry Bobbye Jo Barker
My Grandmother's Dress Joyce A. Dehlin
My Mother's Ring Mathilda Mimun
My Keepsake Quilt Mary Lou Morgette
The Legacy of the Two Lauras Sue Kinney
Mama's Writings Irene Luedke
The Other Side of Fifty Betty Poe Howard
A Letter to a Young Person Marthanne Luzader
"I Wish You Could Have Known My Grandma" Evelyn Simon

Biographical Notes
About Story Circle Network

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