Independent women

Canoeing the Swamps of Louisiana

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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 [...]

First Solo Travel

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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 [...]

The Fedora Rides Shotgun

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“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 [...]

The Pilgrim Soul

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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 [...]