In "Hand Me Downs" Tamara and Manley have much to learn about surviving the harsh winters near the Canadian Border. This insulated region in the geographical center of North America, nearly empty of human inhabitants at the beginning of the twenty-first century, harvests massive crops of wheat, oats, canola, and flax. The arrival of oil fracking in the Bakken Oil Fields competes with these harvests as it brings huge numbers of new inhabitants to the border country. Tamara’s story is a creative non-fiction tale of social and physical survival during the horrendous winter of 2011.
In "Hobart" April and Bert confront relationship issues in their ex-pat relationship. After a harrowing night time anxiety attack, the two fly south to Tasmania, Australia's southern island state, to celebrate the culture of Hobart, the closest state capital to Antarctica.
In "Track Less Traveled" Nueva and Chris tackle the inclement weather and harsh conditions of western Tasmania near Cradle Mountain in early spring.
All three of these couples must cope with not only devastating (but stunning) environments, but with the process of forming new romantic relationships in mid-life. Is it their personalities and culture or the settings in which they find themselves that create the greatest obstacles to their success?
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About the Author
Dorothy, a retired high school English teacher, currently lives half of every year with her husband in small town North Dakota seven miles from the Canadian border. Winter, a six months inclemency with temperatures of -5 to -35 Fahrenheit, gives her plenty of time to write as she recovers from cross country skiing at Izaak Walton Inn at the south end of Montana’s Glacier National Park or across the frozen slough outside the north windows of her snug cottage in Flaxton. A favorite reading spot is the observation car on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, her most frequent train journey taking her from Minot west to Portland where Powell’s Books keeps her intrigued as she waits for her connection to Amtrak's Coast Starlight south to San Jose and Salinas to visit with her children and grand children. Each year her next destination is LAX, the doorway to adventures beyond the borders of her home country.
Dorothy’s other publications include:
Oaxaca – A Multitude of Chocolate, British Columbia Senior Travel, 2010
Bill Carmichael's Birds Eye View, Carmel Valley Magazine, March 2008
Women's Travel Memoirs: Vehicles for Discovering the Continent Within, Masters dissertation, University of Queensland, 2007
A Response to the Buffalo Commons, Prairie Business Magazine, 2004
Building Community in the Classroom, Strategies for Secondary Teaching, National University, 2003