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Why This Book Speaks to Me

January 23, 2014

Written by Dmitri Rusov-Morningstar I’ve read many of the pieces from Times They Were A-Changing, a women’s anthology of the ‘60s & ‘70s, and have been struck by the honesty, courage and brilliance of the authors who contributed. In the ‘60s, there was a popular poster, Chinese, I believe, that said, “Women hold up half the […]

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A Forty-Year Hiatus until I Heard the Reveille Again

July 14, 2013

by Tricia Knoll The Best College Verse of 1970  (Laureate Press)–poem printed on page one:             “A Scene” In the black silken lap of Meurtra La Fois Lies the drooling quiet head of Cornelius, her son, Whose eyes slowly spin in rhythm With the gray curls of his dusty hair. […]

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Poetry: My Ticket to Dance

June 30, 2013

Jasmine Belén, Winner of Second Honorable Mention Poetry, shares her love of poetry in both mystical and technical terms. Blog post written by Jasmine Belén: Recently after I reflected on the multitude of poems I’ve created since childhood, I found this ditty titled “Sowing Seeds,” in my adolescent journal. Diamond stairway in the darkened sky glittering steps […]

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When The Revolution Hits Home

June 16, 2013

Second Place Prose Winner, Elise Frances Miller, shares her successful writing process for memoir. A year ago, while flipping through photo albums from my student days, preparing a website for the publication of my novel, A Time to Cast Away Stones, I came across snapshots I had taken during the 1969 People’s Park Movement. I ruminated […]

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Reflections on “The Trip”

May 12, 2013

by Lucille Lang Day Winner of Prose First Honorable Mention tells of the keys to open our memories and our minds. Many years before documenting my 1971 mescaline experience in my personal essay, “The Trip,” I wrote a short poem with the same title: The Trip I swallowed the Orange Phoenix and rose from the ashes of […]

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Bringing It All Back Home

April 21, 2013

By Judy Gumbo Albert, Ph.D. The winner of Third Place Prose describes her process in not letting the charisma of those incredible times overwhelm her own truth. My submission to the Times They Are A Changing contest is titled “Bugged.” It’s adapted from a chapter in Yippie Girl, my memoir-in-progress that I began in 2008. The […]

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Weaving the Memories of the 60s & 70s: Social & Personal

December 14, 2012

The Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, December 6, 2012, with National Association of Memoir Writers,“Memoir as Social Legacy” with Linda Joy Myers and Amber Starfire stimulated my memories of the era. Even though I participated as one of the editors and have given much thought to the topic of the personal and social aspects of memoir, […]

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Why We Write about the 60s & 70s

November 25, 2012

by Elise Frances Miller, Author of A Time to Cast Away Stones When I first glanced at the Facebook page for Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, a little frisson passed through me. I “tuned in and turned on,” but instead of “dropping out,” I grew excited about dropping in—and participating. […]

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A Political Race to Remember, 1960

October 27, 2012

With the deluge of ads, mailings, and robo calls this month, I began thinking about presidential elections, past and present. I suddenly recalled one of the most memorable events of my young life, one that had escaped me. Yet once I called it back, that long forgotten moment is as vivid in stunning detail as […]

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Stripped Hog

September 14, 2012

It was a chilly fall day in 1964, on a bare hillside above Oakland. A swarm of bikers wearing black leather jackets throttled their deep-throated Harley-Davidsons with a deafening, sputtering roar. Standing on a down slope near a dirt path carved in the brown hillside, I turned to my boyfriend, Jack, shouting, “So, this is […]

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