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Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 26. May 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5527.

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(May 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 26. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5527

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1980-05
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date May 1980
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Language English
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Transcript II. '^LlInJ*!Ml«im •wstfllh* Ellen O'Bryan sells her natural cosmetics from her shop-home. Lauder believes "whoever comes to play music leaves an environment that is inspiring, with an understanding of how simple life is meant to be. A person who comes to play music ends up taking the memory of what it's like to sit among the trees." The location of ME's Gallery on Michigan was chosen by Mary Ellen Whitworth partly because the building was so lovely. She admits that she and her husband live "behind it and all in it." She said they found the perfect building for what they wanted to do and were able to get a lease with an option to buy. Whitworth left her gallery to an employee after setting up the business and working with it for two years. She now works in research at M. D. Anderson Hospital. She still recommends this lifestyle and would like to be able to work in the gallery part-time. She says living near a small business is very important and "you can see what's happening each day." And being in the neighborhood with other business/home operations adds to the sense of community, Whitworth says. "I'd like to encourage it. The people down the street own a restaurant and the people that own the grocery store live very close to it." Jyoti Gupta recently received her MS in nutrition with a 4. average. In the same year she started a mail-order business featuring canned curry and other Indian foods. Gourmail, Inc. gives Gupta a feeling of fulfillment. "There's not the tension of working outside the home. This way I don't neglect my children, house or husband," she says. Her five- bedroom house in Crosby is large enough to accommodate the business which has expanded into the two extra bedrooms, closets and attic space. She admits the canning operation took over the garage, and their cars are now parked outside. These women seem to have achieved a balance in their work and home lives. They've developed the ability to enjoy their work, their customers, suppliers and employees who are often their friends. Another positive aspect of having your work and home in a shared environment is that you can use your time wisely. According to Lauder, "When you're working in your home, you can take a break and read—you can learn so much more—there's the opportunity for more creativity." Whitworth adds, "You can get all your other chores done when you're not busy. You don't waste time." But lack of privacy is one of the restrictions you can expect to find in this life-style. "I enjoy people, but I need private time. Mine mostly comes in the middle of the night," Moberly says. "Many times I need solitude, that's when we go upstairs. Downstairs, it's constantly moving, and I'll say, 'we need to go upstairs and iron out this problem.' It's very convenient, and I've done this many times," Coleman says. Whitworth says, "It's very much like having a child. If you go out of town for the weekend, you have to get someone to stay there. It's always there, constantly on your mind as a responsibility." Gupta shares some of Whitworth's feelings but adds, "I enjoy the business very much. I put a lot of emotion into it, but it's certainly not like having a child. Emotionally I'd never allow myself to get that attached to it." She also says that although she might not be able to devote as much time to the business, if it weren't for being with her children, she would not have her business in her home. The single door these women chose to work and live behind, opened up a lifestyle that functions well for them. It might at times limit their privacy and require more discipline but they reap the rewards of being able to choose their locations, surroundings and work areas. daniel boone cycle 5318 CRAWFORD HOUSTON, TEXAS 77004 (713) 526-7011 26 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH