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

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