Friday, December 5, 2014

HAIGHT/ASHBURY - THE EARLY BLOOM

 "The Skye in June" is a winter cozy read  - a story that captures San Francisco history during the 1950's and as the changing environs of the early 1960's.  In it you'll walk through the city's streets from down in the valley, and up the many hills. Visit the Haight Ashbury before the "hippy take over" when the neighborhood was realizing an emergence of young hip beat crowd of artists and musicians and bikers with their colors roared through the streets. San Francisco was in the beginning of a big change and the MacDonald girls were part of it.

The Skye in June nearing 400 cumulative overwhelming positive reviews on Amazon US, UK and France, Goodreads.com, Barns and Noble as well in Comments on june ahern website.
Chapter Excerpt 
THE DEVIL PASSED THROUGH - 1964

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 THE COLD SIDEWALK chilled June and Mary’s bums as they sat on the curb waiting for the 33 Ashbury bus. The day had been pleasantly warm for late March, until the sun dipped behind the trees in Golden Gate Park and the ocean fog spread a chill through the Panhandle and up to Haight Street.Mary tucked the extra material from her bellbottom pants around her legs to keep the wind from shooting up them. June sat on her large black leather purse that held her schoolbooks. The short skirt of her Catholic school uniform (which, in the opinion of the nuns, was too short) did not protect her shivering white legs from the cold. No matter how nippy the days could become, the two never let the capricious San Francisco weather discourage their trips to the Haight. It was a fun time there. They met up with the young, hip people moving into the area who were bringing a whole new scene to the city. The mood of the Haight-Ashbury was rebellious with long haired young men playing harmonicas and writing poetry and tough Harley-Davidson motorcyclists cruising the street, some with Hell’s Angels emblazed across the back of their leather jackets. The scene was a much-needed relief from the girls’ restricted life. At home the sisters didn’t talk openly about their jaunts, knowing the problems it would produce. 

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