Living on the Spine: A Woman's Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Christina Nealson, Author Papier-Mache Press $12.95 (144p) ISBN 978-1-57601-003-7
Driven by her discontentment with ""an amalgam of movements -- from feminism, New Age spirituality, to environmentalism"" Nealson resolved to live alone for a year in the Colorado wilderness, ""seeking a different wisdom."" ""On my fortieth birthday"" she writes, ""I straddled and nailed the many angles of the cabin roof."" Her zealous approach to mid-life crisis is inspiring, but her stay in the Sangre de Christo Mountains--which amounts to five years--unfortunately failed to take her very far from the cliched movements she sought to escape. She is prone to praising goddesses (""`De,' of the sacred delta triangle, female genitalia, vulva of the planet..."") and writing floridly about sunsets and the seasons. She strikes up a romance with a not-so-distant neighbor and takes to wearing a teddy underneath her coveralls (""Eros giggles from inside my red silk and lace.""); they drink Liberty School cabernet together and her solitude goes out the window. Ultimately, her ethos is little more than self-congratulatory. While Nealson's spunk and the sound construction of her cabin may win some admiration, her drafty spiritual notions are recommended only for the faint of heart and mind. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1997
Release date: 09/01/1997
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