Leslie J Scarborough

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Leslie J Scarborough

Leslie is a daughter, a mother, an ex-wife, female and a human on Earth. She was an actress in the 1980's & 90's, married and became a full-time mom of 2 wonderful (now grown) boys. The family spent 14 years in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho, then moved back to the LA area 10 years ago. Leslie speaks German, being the child of a German immigrant mother, whose posthumous memoir is the subject of Leslie's first book: " Tishi; Refugee,Immigrant,Mother". Leslie hikes wherever and whenever she can, loves movies in a dark theater with popcorn, and likes being stuck in positive, rather than negative loops, although she tries not to get "stuck" at all.

Books

Tishi: Refugee, Immigrant, Mother

Biographies & Memoirs

A daughter finds her mother's story, dating back to hidden truths during World War II. A classic Mother/Daughter tale one can picture on the big screen, from the war in Europe to America in the 60's and 70's, and life as an immigrant wife and mother during that iconic time. A beautiful love and life story of a beautiful woman, who graces the cover on her first day in America. A woman named Tishi.

Book Bubbles from Tishi: Refugee, Immigrant, Mother

Women Strong

How inspiring for my mother at age 11, to witness her mother take control and manage a very scary situation. She offered the Russian officers shelter and services(she and her mother cooked for the officers), in exchange for protection. Those Russian troops that occupied German villages after WWII were notoriously brutal. It must have been tension-fraught and dicey, yet with the men gone, the women found a way to survive and keep their children safe.

Is this normal?

I think my answer to the above question is: YES. We all think the grass is greener at some point. Whether it's the bigger, better deal, or a mom that looks more like what I thought a mom should look like, and doesn't speak English with a foreign accent.

Tishi: Refugee, Immigrant, Mother

Biographies & Memoirs

A daughter finds her mother's story, dating back to hidden truths during World War II. A classic Mother/Daughter tale one can picture on the big screen, from the war in Europe to America in the 60's and 70's, and life as an immigrant wife and mother during that iconic time. A beautiful love and life story of a beautiful woman, who graces the cover on her first day in America. A woman named Tishi.

Book Bubbles from Tishi: Refugee, Immigrant, Mother

Consensual marital sex, another era

No #Metoo back in the early 60's. Yet, as you read, you realize it's not all that different, is it?

Friends in foes

It's interesting how life can reveal friends to each other in the strangest places. Russians were the enemy, and took over my mother's house when she was a German child just after the end of WWII. But the Russians that took over my mom's and her family's house,(mostly womenfolk, as the men were all off to serve in the war), actually were polite and respectful, thankfully.

Wow MOM

Imagine you think your mom was supercool for telling you she was with someone else sexually before your dad. In the 70's, mom's who had come of age in the 50's didn't admit to that. So yeah, I admired her for divulging that info. Imagine forty years later, discovering her life story she decided to write back then, and she is now long gone. Well, guess what? It wasn't just one guy..it was many. And hey, that's her business, but it sure was... surprising! And this first one, man, what a PLAYER!!

My dad, the Interloper

In 1957 Germany, my mother tried to tell her parents she had met the man who would eventually be my father. For various reasons, this did not go well...

The Scariest Night of My Mom's Life

I grew up in the bubble of 1960's America. As a child, war seemed like a thing of the past, or something that happened in strange and distant lands, having nothing to do with my life. Of course there is always more to the story, but my personal experience was one of peace and prosperity. My German Mother was not afforded the same luxury during her childhood. She describes a frightening and confusing night and day from when she was eleven years old near the end of WWII.

Unusual memories of a grandfather

My mom loved her grandfather, and from all her accounts, he was an incredible man. He was involved in politics in the turbulent time right before the start of World War II. This is her recollection, from when she was about 4 or 5 years old, and then of course, the explanations she was given later, of Hitler visiting their small German town where her grandfather was the mayor.

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