Just another whiner in the wilderness

Essay by Rebecca Clarren

Outdoor Recreation – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

I PROBABLY WATCHED The Sound of Music nearly 50 times before I was 10. I liked everything about it — all those brothers and sisters, the outfits made from old curtains and especially the escape scene where the von Trapp family flees the Nazis by hiking across the border.

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Everybody’s a Doctor in the Back of Beyond

Essay by Rebecca Clarren

Rural Life – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

I NEVER WANTED to be a nurse. I never dressed up like Florence Nightingale for Halloween. I never even took care of my dolls — my idea of tender loving care was washing Barbie’s hair with turpentine.

But I live in a small town on the Western slope of Colorado. The nearest hospital that honors many locals’ insurance is 70 miles and another county away. That’s a long distance phone call and a long trip to the doctor — even at break-neck speed. So when a friend recently had knee surgery, I had no choice. Just call me Flo.

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