Monday, July 10, 2006

Major Life Events - The Short List

What major events do you think shaped your life? I think of major events as something that happened that made you stop and say "WOW! This is good! important! mind-bending! heavy! sad!" and so on. You know - the kind of stuff that led to you growing up in the world and made you conscious of what was going on around you.

Some of my life events were:

  • The Kennedy-Nixon race.
  • Learning to read -absolutely life altering.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • My father's death 7/23/63.
  • The Space Race.
  • The 60s.
  • Being a "baby-hip" and getting into the arts, hanging out with writers and painters, as well as bikers, hippies, and other assorted social misfits.
  • Discovering writers like Khalil Gibran, Herman Hesse, Constanting P. Cavafy, Ursala K. LeGuin, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Thomas Merton, and many others.
  • My Mom becoming sober in A.A. starting in 1972.
  • Joining and serving in the Air Force from 1973 to 1979.
  • Getting married while in the Air Force and separated by 1979.
  • Going to college and getting divorced.
  • Graduating college.
  • Marrying my beloved 2nd husband.
  • My Mom's death - still sober after all those years.
  • Opening our marriage after 20 years together.

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