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My posts about the counter-culture 19th and 20th centuries, have generated a few comments. (Go back and have a look at them.) Although I was not a hippie–too old and too achievement-oriented at the time, I did smoke marijuana. Here’s the evidence:

I even bought a pound of it from a friend in Berkeley and a carry-on bag in which to transport it, and, in my business suit, brought it back by plane to Baltimore.

It was never my drug of choice. It made me more introverted than ever and it gave me the munchies. Under the influence, I once ate most of a roast of beef. Gaining weight was not desirable! I preferred alcohol, which made me more gregarious and helped me socialize.

My sons smoked MJ and some still do. I think one of them used cocaine socially a while ago. Others have tried mushrooms and other psychotropic substances. In the 1960s a doctor friend of ours was in residence with Stanislav Grof, who was doing research with LSD. I could have tried it, but I was too afraid. Neither drugs nor alcohol have been a problem for any of us.

For me, the 1960s and 70s were joyous, exuberant times with incredible optimism about changing the world for the better. It was a time of enthusiastic spiritual exploration. I was involved in civil rights and anti-war demonstrations, but my main focus was on women and sexism. I wanted, first, to root out the internalized sexism in myself that made me believe males were superior to females. Well, in those days, only males held positions of authority and status, and I had been taught to defer to men. There were so few options for women outside the home. The want ads in the newspapers were segregated and the only jobs for women were factory worker, waitress, sales clerk, secretary, nurse, nanny, teacher, or domestic worker.

I was excited about opening up opportunities for women to become more self-actualized (through Affirmative Action programs) and about helping women take advantage of those opportunities (through consciousness-raising and training). I still believe the world will be a better place when women and the feminine point of view have more influence in every aspect of our society and culture. Of course men and women have both masculine and feminine qualities. We need to value and practice the feminine strengths more.

In Rwanda and other impoverished parts of the world, economies are thriving since women have gained access to the marketplace and to roles formerly reserved only for men.

The changes for women in the past 50 years are incredible.

How were you affected by the 1960s and 70s counter-culture? Probably many of you were not even born or grew up too late to have experienced them. After that period we went back to our usual lives of getting and spending.

And I should get back to the main purpose of this blog–my life in stitches. I made this crewel work in 1978 for my husband the bird-watcher. It was not my design but I did stitch it and frame it myself. If you click on the image, you can see it enlarged at Flickr.


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