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Wilderness and Survival

Survival can be highly dramatic, worthy of the front pages. It can also be ordinary, something we do daily almost without taking notice. Hosts Katelyn Darrow and Siri Phaneendra tackle the topic of survival and wilderness training. Katelyn shares her experiences as a solo female backpacker. She advocates the importance of preparedness whether hiking, camping, or backpacking to thrive survive in the wilderness. Siri and Katelyn interview author Carren Strock about her middle grade chapter book, Secret Survivors, a gripping story about children trapped and struggling to stay alive when a blizzard hits the mountains of Colorado. This powerful story, showcases kids using their ingenuity and working together to survive during a treacherous storm. Carren also discusses writing, turning setbacks into comebacks, and explains how she developed her other fascinating books. The hour ends with the hosts reading, The Gift of Survival, from Cynthia Brian’s awarding winning book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, about surviving the second-worst firestorm in United States history. Each time you remain positive in the face of adversity brings you one step closer to being the star you are.

“Wilderness is a necessity…there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” John Muir


Carren Strock believes that creativity has no boundaries and that it is only desire and determination that separate those who succeed from those who don't. She is equally at home with a paintbrush and canvas, a needle and thread, a hammer and nails, or a pen and paper, and is as eclectic in her writing as she is in her other interests. While best known for her definitive sociological study, Married Women Who Love Women, now in its third edition, she is also the author of an autobiographical how-to book A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book, an exciting mystery, In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel, a paranormal romance, Tangled Ribbons, a rhyming picture book in which she has combined both her writing and her painting skills, Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City, a cook book, Potatoes With Appeal: 105 Mouth-Watering Recipes, and a middle grade chapter book, Secret Survivors.

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