With the betraya of the Kurds, Billy’s Crusade is over. https://rosamondpress.com/2013/07/08/the-dramatic-language-of-flowers/
Marilyn’s mother was an abusive religious addict. Shanna backs me up on this and says it is the reason she ran as far away from her mother and her addiction as she could. Being half Filipino, she excelled in everything she did in order to fit in. She was engaged to the minister’s son. Marilyn described how at fifteen, Shanna and her would walk through Watts on their way to hear Shanna’s husband play in a club. Marilyn was at the heart of the LA Jazz scene. She and her sister were adopted by Jazz greats and the black community after Shanna married Ron Jefferson.
At eleven I attempted to take my first communion and went to confession. The priest who heard my confession called me a liar and told me I had better come up with some more sins when he got back to me. I walked out of…
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