Carrie Yara strong feminine influences. suburban New Jersey upbringing. Tiny mostly kid friendly town, irish/italian neighborhood.
Nearby neighborhoods were more multicultural in one direction, more white in the other.
no difference between businessman and politicians, mobster and used car salesman.
Strong police presence, always harassing the kids.
kids had their underground subcultures. sex, parties, drugs were around but you’d never see or know it. lots of secrets but mostly happy enough people.
i believe in community while always being skeptical of it.
kids whose families were insulated were weird.
our family was a bit odd there, never quite fit in.
I did my best though. I got involved in community things a lot and i was happiest in them.