Wintering is every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. Katherine May thoughtfully examines the emotional, spiritual, and geographical reality of the cold times, the dark days, and those periods of our lives when things are neither soft nor easy. In so doing, she offers a great and humane service to her readers: she shows us that wintering cannot be avoided, but need not be feared. This is truly a beautiful book.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert
“Wintering is the book equivalent of a perfectly timed hug you didn’t know you needed, a warm blanket on a cold day. So many books about adversity focus on ways to get away from the discomfort, and this book so wonderfully and sincerely says it's okay to be here, even when it hurts. It's exactly what the world needs right now.” – Nora McInerny, host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking
The wapiti cabin is a forest service cabin located around 20 miles down the road from Big Sky, Montana. It is a 2 mile walk in, and because of the snow, we took in our food and goods on a sled and a toboggan. We brought our snowshoes but thankfully the snow wasn’t deep enough to have to use them.
My hubby and I stayed at this cabin on the eve of the millennium 2000 - 21 years ago. There is a wood burning stove for heat, and wood at the site, and we hauled in our drinking water. No electricity of course! The cabin has pretty comfortable cots, we brought warm bedding. My pioneer roots kicked in— even though it’s roughing it, it felt good to get out of the comfort zone for a few days and back to nature! We went tobogganing the second day and that was a blast💥 definitely felt like a kid again.
On the way home we ate dinner and sipped a brew at a great spot in Belgrade , The Hop. It is a large barn with two levels. 50 Montana microbrews on tap, plus 2 hard ciders. The tacos were 👍🏼. You choose 3 salsas to garnish your three tacos with from a list of around 15.
We then headed to The Ridge, which is a really nice athletic club in Bozeman and had a hot tub and steam. Perfect way to end our pioneer road trip. Definitely a relaxing drive the rest of the way home. Wintering!
What a blast! The drum brothers in Arlene, Montana offered a five week online class to learn hand drumming. It has been an energizing experience. I’ve had two hand drums to use, one of my sons and the other a handmade drum of my friend Bruce. The quote below sums up my feelings, also, of drumming.
I would definitely take another class from the drum brothers!
Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.
In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”
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