It all began with water. Not the water under Kansas, where I was born, but in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when I was twenty-six and recently divorced. That is when I took my first, life-changing, mind-shattering, body-awakening dive into a delectably clear mountain lake. It had been a long, hot climb. My crazy boyfriend had gone running down to the lake ahead of me, dropping his clothes as he ran. He splashed and cavorted as if having the greatest time of his life.
Almost every Thursday night for five years, these women and I shared our work and the truth–no matter how hard it was to say it or hear it. The result: Gail Storey’s I Promise Not to Suffer, Lisa Jones’ Broken: A Love Story, Elisabeth Hyde’s In the Heart of the Canyon, Marilyn Krysl’s Dinner with Osama,