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Crone Chronicles.

Crone Chronicles. – book reviews

R.E. Leveque

My seventy-one-year-old aunt got mugged walking back from work recently; she fought but there were four of them, and they dragged her down the street hanging on to her valuables. The nice policeman who picked her up informed his precinct that he was taking his “”elderly victim” home.

My aunt is neither elderly nor a victim in her mind, and that characterization was far more galling to her than the attack She is a queenly Crone; built like a graceful line-backer she walks everywhere, works hard, studies, writes, travels, and romances. And she certainly doesn’t “look (or act) her age.”

Accumulating years is what happens if we’re lucky, yet we look down on older people and fear our own birthdays. We want and need to discover what beneficial changes time will bring. Crane Chronicles explores and celebrates living long and well. A generation of women intent on analyzing and changing life for the better is getting older and even wiser, and turning its attention to the mistakes and preconceptions of economically conditioned society when dealing with cultures own older self. Much of Crone is taken up with such musings, less with deeds. Getting old may not be for sissies, but it seems to be working out beautifully for some sisters.

Ann K. Did you realize that you were a “pagan” when you were a child?

Ingrid: No, because my parents never put a name to it. It was later that I realized how I was raised… First of all, I was born in 1940 in Germany. Everything was anti-Jew … and anti-Christianity, because Christianity was thought to come from Judaism.

Hitler tried to get everybody back to the old gods, to paganism, so to speak. And my mother, having been raised by her mother, who was a gypsy, she was a “carnie”, she had a carousel, and she raised her children, until my mother was six years old, going from town to town … So my mother actually was raised in a very pagan spirit, and always trying to get away from it. She was very ashamed of her upbringing.

I don’t consider Anita Hill a heroine for speaking up so many years after the fact. I’ve no doubt that she was truthful in her accusations of Judge Clarence Thomas. If she had spoken up at the time instead of being more concerned with her career than her human rights, she would have held more credibility. If she was willing to swallow her pride when it served her purpose, she should not place all blame on him 20 years after the offenses. She must share the blame for allowing it to perpetuate. When women stop seeing themselves as victims, as a minority, as less than, as mystical, magical, or mysterious, then and only then will we begin to take up our rightful place.

Crone Chronicles Ann Kreilkamp, Editor. $15/year (4 issues) from Box 81, Kelly, WY 83011

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