My father’s yearbook sits on my desk at work, wrapped in tin foil. If you open the foil, you can still smell the acrid smoke. The pages are singed, but readable. The look reminds me of when my kids had a school assignment on “olden times” and would ask my help to set the edges…Read more »
For me, it begins with this story. I come back to it every time there is yet another national conversation on sexual assault and wonder if anything will ever change. It is not an allegory but a real life emblem of how rape is addressed in our country. The legacy of neglect it illustrates and…Read more »
I am not famous, but I have a job of significant responsibility where a modicum of decorum is required. A social media presence showing me as any less than dignified would simply not do. In the last year I’ve had some success, as well, with my writing and had a few things published, an award…Read more »
I chose public health as a profession largely because of a story. A young man is walking through the meadow enjoying the warm spring air and the smell of flowers when he hears a cry for help. The man runs toward the sound and sees someone flailing in a rushing river. He rushes toward the…Read more »
Michelle Bowdler is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and will be a Fellow at Ragdale this winter. She has been published in the New York Times and has two essays in an upcoming book tentatively entitled: In Her Own Words: Voices from the 2017 Women’s Resistance Movement (McFarland 2018) . Her Essay: Eventually You…Read more »
Thank you for visiting my page. I will be blogging, sharing my writing and hoping to add to the conversation about the state of our country and my concerns and hopes for our future.