All Alone: Washington to Rome, a '60S Memoir

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 5, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 105 pages
All history properly understood is the history of thought. (Robin George Collingwood) My history (herstory) is based upon diary entries written during the late 50s and 60s. But memories tend to change with age. Time softens some, sharpens others, distorts and even extracts parts. This fabric of our memories, its threads weaving intermittently in and out of the realm of recall, is not quite the same as it was almost 50 years ago. Yet it is nonetheless the fabric from which my life was woven. The French have an expression: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Remembering and researching for this memoir led me to that conclusion as well. Reading the words written so long ago in my diary, I was astounded at what I saw and heard and thought about as a teenager and later a young twenty something living in Europe. Was that really me? Was Paris/Rome/Belgium/London really like that in the 60s? Yes, it is real. Real because I wrote it on the spot. No directives, no hindsight. Now I have integrated all those direct observations into a memoir. It is for you, dear reader, to enjoy and, at the same time, perhaps gain some appreciation for the past. In this case, my past. Anyone who believes you cant change history has never tried to write his memoirs. (David Ben Gurion)
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
7
CHAPTER II
14
CHAPTER III
19
CHAPTER IV
25
CHAPTER V
30
CHAPTER VI
34
CHAPTER VII
40
CHAPTER VIII
46
CHAPTER XI
67
CHAPTER XII
73
CHAPTER XIII
79
CHAPTER XIV
82
CHAPTER XV
89
CHAPTER XVI
93
CHAPTER XVII
97
CHAPTER XVIII
100

CHAPTER IX
57
CHAPTER X
61

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Although born in La Jolla, California, Patricia spent half her childhood in Washington, D.C., the home of several generations of her mother’s family. In 1961, her mother died. Only 18, Patricia returned to Vassar College with a year at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy. Later, as a single parent of three children, she raised, raced, and showed Thoroughbred horses. She also completed a Masters degree followed by a PhD. Patricia has taught English and writing, written for magazines, had a newspaper column, and sold many of her paintings. She now lives in Virginia with her husband and menagerie of dogs, horses, and cats. Author of five books, she was the 2002 winner of San Diego Book Awards Association, recipient of the 2004 Woman of Achievement Award, Best Books Award Finalist, and 1st runner up trophy winner JADA Award Winning Novel Contest 2006. Please visit www.literarylady.com

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