art by Luis Rubio Vargas
Charlene M. Ashendorf was born when there were less than 10 million TV sets in the U.S., Eisenhower was President, Bill Haley was giving birth to Rock and Roll, Spock was the guru of motherhood, and Salinger shook the literary scene.
Her parents, having divorced before she entered first grade, resulted in a split upbringing. Charlene had a gypsy upbringing in Chicago, Illinois, attending 14 schools by the time she entered high school.
She recalls that her parents split on everything: religion, ethnicity and politics. As a child, Charlene found writing a form of escape and an imaginative play with words.
Residing in Southern California with her husband, Charlene is a successful grant writer for charitable organizations and is paid for stealing from the rich and give to the poor. She considers her community activism her passion and motherhood her greatest gift.
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