The Valpo Core Reader


Liberty Walker

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Freshman Seminar Essay

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The story you are about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. The thirties! Ah, those were the days! Sheehy talks about passages; we're talking about deep, dark passages and well-lighted tunnels. The thirties for me were littered with heights of glorious creativeness and depths of degradation. Chronic PMS, deaths, aging, and some serious operations caused me to look at life a little bit differently than I had in the past. My children were growing up and leaving me behind like a discarded toy from their early years. My father died, then my mother-in-law died, and suddenly I was faced with my own mortality. I could write volumes about my own "Catch Thirties," but then you wouldn't buy my autobiography when it comes out. So I have elected to share with you a few anecdotes about my life in the years between 1976 and 1986.