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No, mother made her deal with the devil in the 1930’s when she abandoned the path to becoming a brilliant woman journalist to marry a rich man’s son. And when I asked her why daddy did all that hitting – when I was home from law school and we were sitting alone in the living room one day -- she told me that he was tormented by tinnitus, and explained that it was incessant ringing in the ears. Then she told me that my dad’s father had whipped my dad when he was a young adolescent and stayed in the bathroom for suspiciously long periods of time. And the final straw, as they say, must have been dad’s never desisting from telling the story about how my mother had locked me out of the house instead of opening the door so I could get in and avoid fighting the bully who had chased me home.

Of course I construed mother’s refusal to discuss the hitting as continuing complicity.

Wasn’t it just that?

(Written 2005-2008)

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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