Memoirs of

A Minnesota Girl





Story 1

Story 1

A young southern family's move from  small town West Virginia to Minnesota in 1939 brought many changes. The author is abandoned in her early years by parents preoccupied with the complexities of city life. After trying desperately to fit into a private girl's school, she goes on to a western college where she suffers major defeat and enters a relationship that sets her on a singular path.

With insight, courage and resistance she struggles to carve out her identity within the rigid moral code  of the forties and fifties. Pushing on the front edge of the rebellious hippy protest movements of the sixties, her struggles remind us that the "good old days" weren't necessarily what historical reporting has presented.

This is a story of on individual's transforming journey and how it shaped her, a story shared by many seniors who grew up in this transition generation.

Just Keep Shooting: My Youth in Manhattan

Memoir of a Midwestern Girl in the

1950s and 1960s

Story 2

Story 2

This memoir is a sequel to A Penny A Kiss: Memoir of a Minnesota Girl in the forties and Fifties. Just Keep Shooting finds the young girl entering her twenties. Anxious to shake off the past, she strikes out on her own to forge a career in the exciting business mecca that was New York City in the nineteen fifties.

Eager, determined, fresh diploma in hand, she arrives to establish a life as an independent woman in a conformist era when young women were expected to marry and reproduce. Caught in the spirit of revolt and change that ignites the sixties, she throws aside convention as she sets out to discover like-minded free spirits and create a life that will satisfy her wanderlust and shape her identity. Her dreams light up the sky, but is she able to follow them through to the Promised Land?

A Penny a Kiss

Memoir of a Minnesota Girl in the Forties and Fifties