Tag: Independent women

Canoeing the Swamps of Louisiana

Impulse Along the edge of my consciousness, there is an eddy line. Whenever I cross this mark, The current hits the bow, turning me downstream. Water spills off the paddle in steady trickles as the canoe shoots forward. I am a quiet cut on the surface, Moving through […]

Ann Paris Carte Orange

First Solo Travel

The year was 1985: an account of the first time I traveled solo in Europe. At twenty, I traveled abroad alone. I had two weeks in Britain by myself before going to Paris for a semester of study. It was my junior year at university. My plans included a […]

The Fedora Rides Shotgun

“Mom, you’re so weird.” I just returned from camping by myself in Big Bend National Park. I had not been camping since 2009, and as I looked at what to do with a few days off in September, all I could think of was what it sounds like […]

Ann and Catherine

The Pilgrim Soul

My daughter Catherine turned seventeen yesterday. Catherine is smart and very funny, disciplined in her studies, and she is kind. Last year, when I really wondered whether I would survive the cancer, I felt calm when I thought about Catherine. I knew she was on “her path.” And […]