If I Had $1,500, I Would Clean My Karma

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 27, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
The story follows an idealistic young woman born into poverty in the slums as she defies the odds against her to get an education and become an author. As she observes her husbands increasing mental illness and copes with two teenagers growing up in this environment, she seeks to find the wisdom she needs for herself and her children. Her struggle to overcome the barbaric feudalism of a marriage that appears outwardly to others as American as apple pie is a challenge she finally overcomes. She confronts the need for spiritual transcendence and ethical stability in her battle to survive.
 

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Contents

My Tears Shed Sparkling Broken Glass
Marriage Wars
Mea Culpa
Fleas Fleas Fleas
Let Him Call the Cops Ill Tell Them About His Crimes
Exercise And Meditation
Do You Want to Arrest Him?
Suicide Scenarios

Chief Prosecutor
A Chill Wind Blows Across the Cemetery
Fire Island
The Luo Girl and the Kikuyu
The Biafran
Sinanthropus Pekinensis
Constant Screaming and Rage
Jesse Jackson Comes to Great Neck
My First Childrens Book Gets Published
Coldness and Contemptuous Condescension
A Stranded Sparrow
Poor TrashDreams into Nightmares
Each Day a New Sun Rises and There Is a New Dawn
Call Me If You Need
Its Not a Skull Fracture Youre Safe
Family Counseling
A Gorilla with a Harvard Diploma
Can I Help You?
Cosmic Laughter
Why Havent You Served the Turkey?
To Bernie Whom Well Always Love
My Office Scene of Mass Madness
The Himalayas and Why Merv Cancelled the Sherpas
The Bar Mitzvah
Separation Agreement
Take Pills Eat Liver
Family Court Counseling
Praying for Deliverance
Nellas Husband Plays Cupid
A Priest in Blue Jeans
Book VI Canto IX of The Faerie Queene
Past Memories Swept Aside Like Dry Leaves
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About the author (2012)

Nancy Garfield Woodbridge authored the picture story books, The Tuesday Elephant, illustrated by Tom Feelings, published by T. Y. Crowell, and The Dancing Monkey, illustrated by Rocco Negri, published by G. P. Putnam and Sons. She also directed several projects for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.: Worlds to Explore, A Handbook for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, Careers to Explore and From Dreams to Reality, a Career Education Program, as well as Juvenile Justice. On scholarship she received a BA in Literature from Bennington College in Vermont. She graduated with an MS in Education from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Ms. Garfi eld Woodbridge has been writing since she fi rst held a pen at age eight when she wrote her first novel.

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