Ordinary Aphrodite

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Ordinary Aphrodite is a Love Goddess-Meets-Bridget-Jones s-Diary collection of essays about coming of age in the 1960s. Insightful, evocative, and humorous, it is a marriage manual for women who want to keep up the heat. Schroeder, while earning a college degree with a husband and a toddler, found herself struggling with Gender Equality, Free Speech, Free Love, The Pill and Vatican II. By the time she mastered those issues, she faced Glass Ceilings, Social Responsibility and Re-cycling. Thirty-five spirited essays about com-promise, consequence, and potential boast titles like: Victoria Ain t Got the Secret, Unleashing Aphrodite, Learning Curves, Burn It, Baby, Sin, Sex and The Pill, Powergirl to the Rescue, and Chocolate Necessities. Schroeder believes that, had she been Eve in the Garden, she would have picked the apple and handed it to Adam, too.

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A fifth-generation Californian, Anne Schroeder s love of writing was fueled by stories of her Norwegian great grand-father and his neighbors working together to blast a road out of solid rock. She evokes the drama of growing up in a close-knit Southern California farm community in her first memoir, Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations (Russell Dean & Company, Publishers, 2001.) Earning a college degree with a husband and a toddler was the easy part; on her narrow path between Eros and Agape, she found herself struggling with Gender Equality, Free Speech, Free Love, The Pill, and Vatican II. By the time she mastered those, she had Glass Ceilings, Social Responsibility, and Recycling to deal with. Schroeder has over forty short stories and essays published in venues including Potpourri, Liguorian, Skipping Stones, Stitches, Mindprints, Lynx Eye, Western Digest, Romantic Hearts, Radiance, and Christian Reader. She edited Scent of Cedars: Promising Writers of the Pacific Northwest (Russell Dean & Company, Publishers, 2002.) She has taught creative writing workshops through community colleges and writers groups. She has presented writing workshops, most recently at the Women Writing the West Conference in Colorado Springs in October 2006. Schroeder considers exercise a necessary evil, but she enjoys walking her chocolate Lab, Maggie, and sitting in the sauna at her gym after an easy workout. Her family is not always thrilled that their life is an open book, but she tells them that memoir writers are like old show horses only happy when they are in the ring.

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