CHAPTER SNAPSHOT #3
Snapshots of Clara's Daily Life: Fourteen Octobers, 1963 - 2017
Age and Living Circumstances/Location: 17, Senior at Roanne High School, Missouri; living in Bayonne, suburb of large city in family home with her: recently-separated and ill mother, Rose; two younger sisters, Cassie, 12, and Violet, 6 (older brother, Thomas, 18, at college, freshman year); and, one dog.
Several boyfriends, not one special one, and many local friends.
Miscarried in September (pregnant by not using birth control and counting on the days near her period to "keep her safe," with her long-time, high school boyfriend, now at college); started on birth control pills in October.
Books: Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; Dune, Frank Herbert; Planet of Exile and Rocannon's World, Ursula K. Le Guin; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick; The Ship Who Sang and Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey; Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell; Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein.
Music on the Radio: "What is Life" and My Sweet Lord," George Harrison; "Imagine," John Lennon; "Maggie May," Rod Stewart; "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson; "Brown Sugar," The Rolling Stones; "Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers; "Baby I'm A Want You," Bread; "Color My World," Chicago; "Day After Day," Badfinger; "Don't Pull Your Love (out on me, Baby)" Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds; "Family Affair," Sly & the Family Stone; "For All We Know," The Carpenters; "Here Comes the Sun," Richie Havens; "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" The Bee Gees; "If I Were Your Woman," Gladys Knight & the Pips; "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away," Carole King; "Love Her Madly," The Doors; "Love the One You're With," Stephen Stills; "Me & Bobbie McGee," Janis Joplin; "One Tin Soldier," Coven; "Power to the People," John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band; "Proud Mary," Ike & Tina Turner; "The Story in Your Eyes," Moody Blues; "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be," Carly Simon; "What's Going On?" Marvin Gaye; Elton John.
Popular Songs in Sheet Music: songs from Jesus Christ, Superstar, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, including "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (sung by Yvonne Elliman); "(Where do I Begin?) theme from Love Story," Henry Mancini (sung by Andy Williams); Best of Elton John (including "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer"); "And I Love You So," Don McLean; music from Godspell, Tebelak & Schwartz; "I Am Woman," Helen Reddy (with Ray Burton); "Blue Sky," Allman Brothers Band.
Writing: Essay (literary criticism of a short story) written in Junior year selected to be published in annual literary magazine for RHS.
► Taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes, inducted into National Honor Society as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist.
► On Debate/Oral Interpretation Team, competing and winning in Duet Acting section with good friend as acting partner.
► Secretary of Missouri Secondary School Thespians and high school Thespians clubs.
► Chair of Make-up Committee for theater productions.
► Star of one-act play.
► Member, Chess Club (the only girl).
► Voted "Class Clown" for yearbook (along with class president).
► Applying to colleges and for scholarships.
► Piano accompanist for school musical and one chorus; member of chorus.
► Taking weekly piano lessons.
► Playing tennis, soccer, field hockey, bike riding, (working at Jewish day camp for younger teens, swimming in pools and lakes in summer).
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