Okay, I’m back — and thinking about additional pages I want to design for my blog, posts to write, images and quotes to add, even some audio and visual features I hope to create.
I want my blog to be a space where certain aspects of life and love can be wondered about, where questions are asked and answers may be found. In the hope that something here sparks your curiosity or resonates in your heart, I draw from my background in professional psychology and other life experience so as to explore and share with you some of the themes and subject areas I’m most interested in and care about–in particular, those that relate to the major themes, lead characters, and cultural context of my novel The Flying Girl:
— Relationships: Between spouses and partners, lovers and friends; between mothers or fathers and daughters or sons. Why do so many of us date or marry people who turn out to be other than what we hope or expect? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Are we destined to repeat the past, or can we heal and learn from it, even transform it into a gift we can bring to others?
— Coming-of-age: How do we emerge from childhood to adulthood prepared for healthy, responsible sexual intimacy, without shame or fear, and with respect and value given to our own and others’ bodies and sexuality? If we overcome a lack of information, the effects of myth or bias, repression or abuse, and imbue our experience with more meaning and value, might we engage in more loving relationships, reduce the prevalence of sexual violence, and lessen the pain of abuse and victimization?
— The Sixties, The “Sexual Revolution” and “Women’s Lib,” and San Francisco: The era and setting in which my novel-in-progress, The Flying Girl, takes place. I’ll be writing about 60’s politics, the Hippies, the Beat influence, the “Pill” and its effects on sexual morays, the jazz of the Beat era and the San Francisco rock explosion that followed, 60’s counterculture values and spirituality, fashion, and more. Watch for pictures, images, and posts about the real Sixties in San Francisco communicated by people who were actually there.