Hiking Toward Home: In Which a Middle-Aged Woman Forges Her Trail

I have hiked five miles of the Appalachian Trail. It’s true, but I usually announce this with my eyes cast downward. Not because I think five miles is paltry; for me, it’s an accomplishment. My reticence is due to the circumstances of my achievement. So, yes, I did cover a handful of miles of the … Continue reading Hiking Toward Home: In Which a Middle-Aged Woman Forges Her Trail

MayBelle on Marriage {Don’t Worry, This Won’t Take Long}

Back in 2002, at age forty-one, MayBelle, who theretofore had been considered an “old maid,” transitioned to someone who "married late.” She resents both those descriptors, as you might imagine MayBelle would, because there were no guarantees—or requirements—she would ever marry. MayBelle is delighted that cultural norms have shifted at least somewhat although not enough … Continue reading MayBelle on Marriage {Don’t Worry, This Won’t Take Long}

Walking “Into the Fire” and Coming Out Renewed {On The Sun Magazine’s Retreat}

Just back from another great trip to Wildacres for The Sun Magazine's “Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing" retreat. “Life-changing,” said a fellow Pilgrim Writer who went with me. I don’t think she’s overstating the matter. Top-notch presenters, beautiful scenery, good food, and kindred spirits. Plus, it’s in western North Carolina, my soul’s … Continue reading Walking “Into the Fire” and Coming Out Renewed {On The Sun Magazine’s Retreat}

On Driving Dicey Mountain Roads, Learning to Write, and Making New Friends

Long an admirer of The Sun magazine, which I think publishes the best writing around, I was delighted when the opportunity came up for me to attend the magazine’s writing retreat at Wildacres Retreat Center in western North Carolina. (Meaning I hadn’t signed up in time but was notified when someone cancelled and I was … Continue reading On Driving Dicey Mountain Roads, Learning to Write, and Making New Friends