Citizen Myra

By: bmshep

May 10 2010

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Category: Female Citizens

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This is Myra. I met Myra at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis on Sunday, Mother’s Day. Myra was an army brat and grew up all over the East Coast, before coming to California with her boyfriend on the day Richard Nixon was elected. She’s still not sure if that was some kind of omen. “We came looking for the Summer of Love but found the Winter of Heroin. We were too late” she says. They did find a connection in Stephen and Ina May Gaskin and, along with several hundred others, loaded up their buses and landed in rural Tennessee where they founded The Farm, an intentional co-operative community, that still exists today. Myra lived on The Farm for 25 years and homebirthed all 5 of her children there (Ina May Gaskin is one of the most recognized midwives in the country). She moved back to California about 13 years ago and currently lives in the foothills. Myra has had all kinds of jobs, everything from accounting to scrubbing toilets. She is currently doing paralegal work. Myra is 63.

Favorite Accomplishments: Motherhood! And I’m not just saying that because it’s Mother’s Day.

Regrets: Breaking up with my husband.

What are your passions and obsessions? Music (I play the guitar), poetry and barbaric history.

What are your favorite memories of the Haight? Mmmm…the mescaline. The free concerts in the park.

What’s the toughest thing you’ve ever gone through? Being married to my husband but in love with someone else.

These kind of festivals and these ideas are old hat for you, but do you think the current generation gets it? They get it in their hearts. They’ll do better than we did.

What would you do with a million dollars? Start a perma-culture institute and re-forest Haiti.

Sound Off! Where are the German engineers when we really need them? We need their technical expertise and friendship.

http://www.thefarm.org/

 

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