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Becoming Irrationally Self-Reliant. If men are trying to keep us out, they have a funny way of going about it.

Growing up, most of my friends were boys. Until I started working as a ski instructor, I had very few female friends. The girls and women with whom I was most aligned were always, like me, tomboys. Because I shared so many of the same interests, I have almost never felt uncomfortable around males. I […]

Becoming Irrationally Independent. When I spend my early morning writing time interacting on social media

Several years ago my husband’s best friend gave him a poster that we have had hung in our entryway ever since. “For the DETERMINED,” it reads, “There is time and OPPORTUNITY.” It has a silhouette of a fly fisherman, and it answered the complaint that there was never enough time to go fishing. When we are determined, […]

Becoming genie. Irish need not apply.

Saint Patrick may have driven the snakes out of Ireland, but it was the potato famine drove out my family. Along with thousands of other starving people, they were lucky to somehow find a way to emigrate to America. Where, like almost every large wave of immigrants, they were not welcomed. The lower working classes always […]