Hippie at Heart (What I Used To Be, I Still Am) published August 2020

Lynne Zotalis
October 15, 2020

What was she to do stuck in Mexico, Nick’s body interned in a coroner’s seamy examination room? When her husband died the day after their 30th wedding anniversary, Anne had to employ every ounce of fortitude and cunning greasing the wheels of corruption to obtain release of her beloved. Hippie at Heart (What I Used To Be, I Still Am) follows Anne’s 50’s childhood continuing through the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s. Two years stoned on pot, with side trips of acid, mescaline, opium, and peyote, following the pied piper of rock concerts and free love, took its toll. ‘Back to the land,' a 60’s mantra, led Nick and Anne to the untamed mountains of northern New Mexico. With 8 other families in community they lived on ‘The Mesa,' 17 miles from civilization. No phone. No running water. No electricity. When daughter, Zelda, was born in their log cabin responsibility for another human being quickly changed the trajectory. Unfolding over five decades of love and survival, concealing the mysterious cause of Nick’s death until the final pages, Hippie at Heart is a personal and yet universal journey.

 

Many thanks to this reader's review of Hippie at Heart: 

Having now finished your book, I am convinced that you came to earth with four angels by your side, your children (and their children too). I am tearful in a joyous way for knowing you and your power, and also knowing more clearly about the pain you have endured in your life. Your words give such hope to those of us who have also struggled in various ways, and it doesn’t really matter what the measure of those struggles add up to — it’s all real and part of the individual human struggle. In the end I think we make some sort of peace with what we are given, and, if not, well . . . maybe we at least subconsciously learn something before moving on. Thank you for writing it!

Hippie at Heart (What I Used To Be, I Still Am) is available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.