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My birth name is June Sundgren. I married in 1977 and became June Mita. I have a daughter and a cat and a wonderful husband that I have been married to for 37 years. As to my pen name, Julyn Pride, it is one of my own creation. Julyn is a combination of my first and middle names, June Lynne. I usually try to use an S initial, but the site wouldn't let me. However, my previous poems were all published under Julyn S. Pride. The S stands for my maiden name, Sundgren, and the name of Pride is my father's middle name as well as my grandmother's maiden name.
I have had some of my poetry published in local anthologies and a few essays in international journals. I have always written since my first diary at 11. I have not pursued formal publication, though I have dozens of shorts stories, a few novels, a number of poems, and many essays. I have also about 40 volumes of journals I have kept since I was 15.
I am now gathering many of my journals and transcribing them for possible publication. My first effort covers the period from January 22, 2001 to January 21, 2008, the Bush years. It encompasses many changes that went on in this country, from Sept. 11, through anthrax, through an ailing economy, terrorism, and the decline of active Christian life in the United States. It was a time of change for my family as well. My sister fought breast cancer, my daughter went to college, I lost my full time job, and our various investments went south twice, once in 2001 and again in 2007.
It is also a time of increasing unsettled and violent weather, and we received some of the worst natural disasters in this country. We also saw a presidential race that included a woman and a minority Senator named Barack Obama. It is perhaps the most interesting period of all my journals.
The title of this work is "Diary of A Lower Middle Class American," I share this now , before publishing, to remind people what is at stake in the next presidential race of 2016. Do we really want to take the chance of heading this country back into an economic spiral? I am an independent voter, but still support the Democratic belief overall, especially now with so many who are homeless, out of work, on unemployment, or are barely making ends meet on minimum wage jobs.
I hope anyone who reads this will find some point of reference to their own lives. I cover many issues of children, sickness, peer pressure from living in a rich town, and lots of other very recognizable and sometimes painful parallels to regular Americans. Enjoy and let me know what you think, and what some of your opinions are. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Julyn S. Pride
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