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
 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.