An inauspicious start. Camino journal

Mid-March would be safe, I thought. After a mild, Michigan winter, mid-March would be almost spring. Surely I would have no problem taking a bus to Chicago and flying to Spain from there in the almost spring. Surely. So that is how I came to be standing at pole number 13 outside the Sear’s Auto […]

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Preparing for the Camino de Santiago, pt. 2

  Finally, after two years of anticipation, I’m in the final hours of preparation for my pilgrim walk on the Camino de Santiago. I’m finding this process of preparation quite different from other long trips in three ways. First, the gear is different. On other trips, I have certain travel clothes and equipment. I only […]

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Preparing for the Camino de Santiago

  Months ago, my dad quizzed me on the expectations I might have for the trek I plan to do. In just over a month, I leave for Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. This is a spiderweb of ancient pilgrim routes through Spain that converge at the city of Santiago de Compostela in […]

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The Women’s March: global and historic. But only Day 1

“All the pussies are on the bus. Let’s go,” said Margaret, our supremely patient and cheerful bus captain. And so all the pussies went to Washington. Ten buses from Ann Arbor, Michigan, alone. Fifty-five women of all ages on board each of them. Rumor has it that every coach in Michigan was rented for the […]

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My next trip: the Women’s March on Washington

  Like a whole bunch of you, I headed out on November 8 to my tiny township hall to vote. The hall is tiny because my village in the northern Michigan forest is equally tiny. Wendy at the post office knows everyone by name. Ivan at the hardware store witched my well and drilled it […]

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