I cannot determine from your ad if you are interested in my qualifications as a battered woman or as a printer. I have both. I have fiddled around with the idea of writing a book for battered women who have left the situation….called “Cheat to Eat”…how to deal with welfare, etc.
I lived with a man for 7 years in an abusive situation..verval [verbal] at first and physical for the last year. I helped him get thru law school, worked my butt off helping him get his oriental rug gallery together, learned to expertly repair oriental rugs, had one hell of a nervous breakdown, got myself thru it, took care of children, and learned how to survive on welfare. I fled to the Yakima Battered Women’s Shelter and lived in Yakima for a year, rebuilding myself and crying. I worked as a night counselor for the shelter. I am still very angry but can channel it constructively now….I call the anger “motivation”. [sic] I would really like to use that energy to help put the book together.
I worked at Professional Engravers for several years (1964-67) doing paste-up, darkroom work, stripping, engraving, silkscreening and printing…on a Mark’Andy [sic] flexographic press. I am working there now but it is a non-official, under-the-counter job to make ends meet. I have never run a litho-press but my father has MicroCosmic Press (letterpress) and my brother is a professional printer and I am familiar with the process. Frankly, if I can operate that Mark’Andy, [sic] I can operate any kind of press, with a little instruction and clear explanations. I can also operate a shear and bookbinding press……. [sic] i [sic] fooled around with bookbinding once but not long enuf [sic] to get very knowledgeable. I am good at proofreading..errors leap out at me. My typing is exactly the way it appears here. I have operated a varityper and headliner. I am rusty.
I stayed in the battering relationship longer than was healthy. I got caught in the dynamics….I got fascinated by the dynamics, I should say. I say glimpses and fragments of patterns..deja vu..and the form kept changing and I stayed until I had a thorough understanding of how these things evolve and where they stem from. Rooted in childhood.
I want to work on this book. PLEASE. I can work prettty well with out [sic] direction from others….I am good at teamwork….I am still somewhat reactive to negative reinforcement and uptigh uptight pressure…if somebody gets on my back for unfair reasons, I tend to get snappish. I am basically good-humored. I am 37 years old and don*t [sic] believe it. I have 2 daughters. My job here at Professional Engravers is only temporary. I have had a series of cortisone shots in my shoulder to help heal some damage (war wounds) that John did. I am well enough to support myself doing rug repair for which I get between $10 and $20 per hour. I can adjust my work time to suit myself.
If you want references (personal) you can write to [name and address redacted]….she was shelter director and is my friend.
I am fairly stable…I still have some “battle fatigue”/cultural shock and still have a tendency to be meek and passive until I am’ [sic] comfortable in new situations. Just a tendency…I watch myself. I feel like a dog on ice sometimes.
Please write back. I have no phone…..my work phone is [redacted].
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Transcribed by Natalia Shevin
 Likely part of Yakima YMCA in Yakima, Washington (Women’s Resource Center, YMCA of Yakima: Eliminating Racism Empowering Women, web access, accessed 28 June 2016).
 Likely an engraving company in Seattle that is no longer active (Professional Engravers, Lost in Seattle, web access, accessed 28 June 2016).
 A printing process that can print on any surface.
 A printing process that is used to mass produce materials with graphics.
 Likely a Mark Andy model.