Something as Big as a Mountain

In Something as Big as a Mountain, the author describes her fledgling efforts at mountaineering while trying to understand her motivation for undertaking such a risky and physically demanding journey above the tree line. Having recently completed yet another arduous journey, one through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, her return to physical activity escalates from…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

In July 1862, Charles Dodgson (more widely known as Lewis Carroll) rowed up the river Thames with the three young daughters of Henry Liddell (the vice chancellor of Oxford University and dean of Christ Church): Lorina, Alice, and Edith. During the five-mile journey, Dodgson invented a story for the girls about a bored little girl…

Ten Days in a Mad House

Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864, was an American journalist, author, and charity worker who received initial renown after writing a stinging expose of the mistreatment of the mentally ill while faking insanity and living undercover at a New York mental institution. At a time when women were just beginning to…