“Woo-woo-woo-woo-woo! Woof!” Five barks and a declamatory statement penetrated the early morning. Emma was on the edge of the bed, ears perked, nose pointed at the ceiling, and working hard to be my savior like a normal dog, not like the speck of a Chihuahua she really was. “Shut up,” I mumbled at her from […]

Last week, before my telephone was hooked up at the house, I drove into Boulder to get internet and call my mom on my cellphone. She had asked me to call every evening, to make sure I was still alive. She was dubious about this plan to live alone in the foothills, but supportive; she’s […]

In 1976, Anne LaBastille, an ecologist and free-lance writer, published Woodswoman: Living alone in the Adirondack Wilderness. Sometime around 1984, I pulled it off the shelf at the Waldenbooks in Rosedale shopping mall and took it to my mom to buy for me. As a rule, she never censored anything I wanted to read, and […]

Last May 31, our second tenant moved out of our home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We’d been renting it for 6 years, and now we had a decision to make. Do we find a third tenant, or sell? Having tenants was stressful. In the mountains, home maintenance is different than in the […]