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Ball Busters


A personal memoir of a feminist's journey

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Life as we knew it...way back then
Hi Spiritual Echo. I know, I'm late to the "Ball Buster" party, but to use another cliché after "I'm late to the,,," it's better late than never. I mentioned to you a while back how much I admired your writing talent but also
I'm impressed with the involved activism you speak of in this intro to "Ball Busters". It seems it continues today
through writing and I feel confident there are other arenas to which you contribute vast experience and talent in solidifying long overdue cultural, legal and societal transformations born out of that miraculous
decade of extremes when it was extremes that were
absolutely paramount in the successes made then and
hopefully will continue far into the future. I am looking
forward to reading Ball Busters as is my Ball Busting
wife of forty-seven years. lol I read her the piece as I was
reading it and she just kept saying: "You go girl, right on
girl, say it like it is, like it was, and like it will be." tom



 Comment Written 01-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 02-Nov-2017
    This is a , morning surprise to find your review on this nook. And, actually quite timely considering a new chapter of the feminist movement is playing centre stage even as we muse over the path to this moment in time.
    This is not a work of fiction and as we seem to hail from the same era,I'm certain you and your wife will find many touchstones you remember. Grreat talking points...LOL

    Congratulation on a successful marriage. I really mean it! If I was still married to my first, it would have been 60 years in 2018. In my case, thank God I got out when I did. Had I not, I'd surely be serving a life sentence in some prison. But marriage is the hardest and yet, most gratifying accomplishment I can imagine.
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Life as we knew it...way back then
This is an incredible work of art. You should consider sending this the New York Times or the Huffington Post. This was a very impressive work as you correlate true events that truly happened. I can tell you mature in your beliefs by the facts and true stories that you speak on. It reminded me of a few excerpts of the Feminist Mystique, that I read.

You're wasn't as radical but it was inviting for men and women of all ages to learn the about the plight of women. Its two different era of women struggles that move young girls dont see. I am a young black male and I hear to constantly of the horrors that took place in the 50 and 60.


I believe that people should respect their elders and learn from them in order to truly understand what it mean to be a progressive. It's not so much an attack on men however, I do believe that their are people with sinister motives behind their agenda. I feel that we must continue to educate men and women.

Once again, a very great read and I have a ton of respect for your opinion or reviews on my work.


 Comment Written 30-Apr-2016



reply by the author on 30-Apr-2016
    Maybe continue the book, because I am the real deal. Both the black movement and women fought the same prejudice, but I'd have to say, even after all these decades, women won more. It's not over, and maybe it never will be, but some elders are prejudicial bastards who expect young people, their kids, and the next generation to bow to age. Fuck that/1 If I did it my mother or father's way, I would be the slave--to culture--and to my own disrespect of my potential. Be better than that. Fight for your voice, and don't vote for Trump!

    Thank you for the nod and stars. Please keep reading.
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A Day To Remember
I relate to this story. Family is always so complicated. Emotions are always on the edge. expecially when you are visiting and trying to fit into their world. Hope to read more


 Comment Written 18-Mar-2016



reply by the author on 18-Mar-2016
    Wow! You picked up a very late chapter in a book and still were kind enough to write a review. Thanks.
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The Endless Circle
So many tears. I cried when you talked about your mother, how rude. My tears then dried til I got to the selling the cottage, I totally get why you did it. Your sons sound like amazing people. I hope you were able to still keep in contact with Ivan's kids even though he isn't here.


 Comment Written 05-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 06-Sep-2015
    I didn't tell the story of my mother in the book at all. After Ivan died so did her husnamd and I had 5 years of tending to her like I was a servant. Thanks.
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This is so sad. I told Will that I have to die before him because I cannot deal with something like that. I don't know how someone does, I don't care what your relationship was like, I can't imagine :(


 Comment Written 05-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 06-Sep-2015
    Yes, well rethink that. Love someone means willing to accept the pain with the good. If the day comes where he gets ill, your love will carry him through. ingrid
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The Endless Cheque Book
I get why Ivan did what he did with the cottage at the beginning. He wanted to surprise you but to make big changes and spend that kind of money without ever bringing cost and money and all that up to you. Will and I don't have a joint account or anything but we know where each of our money goes, we know our bills and stuff. If he ever came home and said something like it's none of my business, well I think it just became my business.


 Comment Written 03-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 03-Sep-2015
    All these years later I might have demanded information, but back then...

    Thanks, ingrid

reply by ExperiencingLiphe on 03-Sep-2015
    Yeah I get it. We all have a past like that. It's taking me some time but I'm slowing catching up. lol
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Your description of Ivan's funeral was very touching. You must have carried the burden of his death for a long time, and it really affected your life, as you reveal with the time you spent at the cottage, heedless of the mice and finally having to do something about the bats. I don't think I had picked up previously that jewelry wasn't your great passion. It was just the desire to succeed that motivated you, and you would have felt that regardless of what you were doing. I think a lot of men these days are like your sons--not ashamed to pitch in with the work around house. My husband does. I don't know about designating them as "feminists," but it is a change for the better. Great insights in this. judi


 Comment Written 03-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 03-Sep-2015
    Alan Alda went on national TV and declared himself a feminist to the gasps of the late night talk show audience.

    'How could I not be a feminist when I have daughters and want them, treated with equality and respect.'

    The title 'feminist was originally part of the suffragette movement seeking the vote and to have women classified as people. Until then. a wife was treated like a chattel. It is a worthy research project.

    Yes, both my sons are feminists, but neither likes any titles, but they are definitely champions for equality of gender, race and sexual orientation. They are certainly NOT feminine.

    Thanks.

reply by judiverse on 04-Sep-2015
    You're very welcome. The term calls to mind some of the more unpleasant women and features of the movement. Even now, some of the female leaders in the U.S. come off as whiners, especially as they pretty much have gotten everything they wanted. judi
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Excellent ending to a wonderful story of choices, growth, and love. I am so proud of you for standing strongthrough the years knowing you would take one day at a time. You were a role model for women with your determination. Young women have very little idea of the strives we made for them to have a better life. My suggestion is to close the book on the corporate world. Enjoy what you love and continue writing.

I have enjoyed your journey so much and my greatful that you shared.


 Comment Written 03-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 03-Sep-2015
    The door on the corporate world swung closed when I walked away. Except for this memoir the people who meet me now think I am just grandma. If they ask what I do--yeah, I still dye my hair--I tell them I'm a writer with no mention of yesterday. I hear so many people identify themselves as retired from...or past president of such and such and it sounds like they had an illustrious or wonderful life doing all that--as if that is as good as it gets. Hey buddy, I want to say, it is over and these are the only days that matter.

    Thanks for walking beside me during this write. Ingrid.

reply by Linda Engel on 03-Sep-2015
    I here you, Ingrid. i don'r even think about my old job except for the nightmares. I love working at my dentist office but soon i will go to part time and then quit all together. I'm ready for the grand kids full time, too
Comment by
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A Day To Remember
Hi Ingrid,
for the second time in one story, read twice... you have me sitting here, blurred eyes filled with sadness... and I guess the only fitting way this story could have ended... the final chapter of more than just a story, a relationship, but that of the loss of a loved one... don't want to even go there in my head... and truly sorry you had to experience such a loss... if there was a saving grace in among such tragedy, it was that you and he were together at the end... sigh!

And sorry you had to once again relive this part of your life while writing and thinking within the reality of it... much love and respect my mentor and dearest friend.

With our thoughts we create,
indelible memories,
James vx's.


 Comment Written 02-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 02-Sep-2015
    I did relive this for the last few chapters, but then I shut off the computer and went to the beach with my grandchildren. It sure as hell isn't the beach in Oz, but it was the same kind of water where I left my tears, then found laughter with kids that HAVE TO LOVE ME. I'm their grandmother for Christ's sake. I had a wonderful time separating the realities of my life. Humble thanks.

reply by the author on 02-Sep-2015
    Darling, there is one more chapter.
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The Endless Cheque Book
Hi Ingrid,
truly captivating... albeit an obvious sadness to a widening and calloused relationship... I guess dreams and reality can be a totally different thing, hey?

And I'm sure Ivan thought he was doing it for you... the cabin, life, the whole box 'n' dice... the pity? Lack of communication... yeah, I think that's a male trait... I've really had to work on that side of myself as well... but Its so imperative to a successful relationship or at least the happiness to the longevity of it.

Yes, life is like an assorted box of chocolates... you go through checking out the ones that are going to give you the most pleasure in consuming... and a long the way you taste the gooey, the crunchy, the taste of that orange cream, you keep wanting to put back for someone to get... and yes, even those ones you bite into expecting pleasure only to get a chipped tooth.

Enjoyed the read and the journey with you... yes, the good, the bad and the ugly... he really did love you... didn't he?

With our thoughts we create,
the recipe for success,
James vx's.


 Comment Written 02-Sep-2015



reply by the author on 02-Sep-2015
    You really have done a lot of introspection in your life. Most people have replied and said he loved me--made a statement, Not you--you asked the question. A definitive difference., and a very perceptive one/ Do you think I can answer?

    Maybe after all those marriages he was trying to love himself==through me. Maybe, after all those failed marriages, he thought he knew what I said or was thinking because he heard echoes of his past failure--and never heard me.

    I know one thing for certain. At least for half the time together we relaxed inside our love, luxuriated in the freedom of love, but I can't answer.

    Did he love me or did he love what he wanted me to be for him?

    Seriously--I don't know. He never once thanked me, nor did I expect it, for my supporting him for ten years, but his original investment was what he held up as proof of his love. James, I really don't know. ingrid
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