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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jeanne Cordova visit

From reading Jeanne Cordova's book, We Were Outlaws,  you can tell that this is a person who is intelligent, driven, aggressive, determined and experienced. But, once you meet her and hear her speak in person, you realize that she is wise and well-spoken, witty and sensitive.

I think I was most struck by hearing her talk about her mental breakdown, or breakthrough, as she so optimistically refers to it. To think of a young woman, raised in a strict Catholic household, with an internal conflict of sexual preference seems like torture. I would imagine that the struggle between what you "know" is right, and what you feel is right would be a torturous experience.

I was also very moved by her depiction of the way she saw the world as she was brought up in West Covina, to the world she was introduced to in Watts. To me this is just another example of how we can be so wrapped up in our own bubbles, that we forget, or in Jeanne's case, have no idea that there is such a vast world around us. In some strange way, when she was telling us that story, it made me think of Sidhartha Guatama, the founder of Buddhism, and his similar experience.

I very much enjoyed Jeanne's book, and her insight as she shared some of her life experiences.

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