All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers

By Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers


In 2002, award-winning movie and level actor Ashley Judd chanced on her actual calling: as a humanitarian and voice for these anguish in ignored components of the realm. After her first journey to the infamous brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew instantly that she desired to suggest on behalf of the weak. in the course of her travels, Ashley began to write diaries that designated outstanding tales of survival and resilience. yet alongside the way in which, she discovered that she was once being affected by her personal emotional ache, stemming from youth abandonment and abuse. looking in-patient remedy in 2006 for the grief that had approximately killed her, Ashley came across not just her personal restoration and an enriched religion however the non secular instruments that energized and complicated her feminist social justice paintings. during this deeply relocating and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, from misplaced baby to fiercely committed suggest, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she solutions the ineffable query concerning the courting among therapeutic oneself and repair to others.

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Gentrification has crept into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Well-heeled diners sidestep massive puddles and run the gauntlet of shopping carts to line up in front of the latest hot restaurant. They glance in my direction but my presence barely registers. My cloak of invisibility finally seems to be working. More seasoned entrepreneurial drunks and addicts offer to hold the diners’ places in line, save their parking spots, watch their cars. Come Down Here, Mr. Pond As I round a familiar corner, loud, thumping music drifts from a club.

We ingest the latest horror with astounding indifference. ” That’s what I did. I’d be called to the charred remains of the teepee, where chaos reigned, where the sound of ceremonial drumming, keening and wailing punctuated by screaming condemnation filled the early-morning winter air. I’d attempt to soothe the unsoothable. I’d book follow-up appointments for grieving family members and the RCMP officer first upon the grisly scene. Then I’d get back in my truck and drive back over the Getting Here mountain, and in the solitude and quiet, the tears would come.

Health Canada. Social Services. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. The RCMP’s Victim Services. The school boards. The Indian bands. Lucrative contracts meant I could hire staff. At my peak in the early 2000s, we had four counsellors and an office manager working for Michael Pond Associates Ltd. As the business took off, so did our social life, which swirled around hockey. Every day the boys practised or had games. I played three times a week with my buddies, most of us dads with our kids in Minor Hockey.

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