Finding Refuge

Voila! The little book about being in the back of beyond for the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard here and there, is published. It’s titled Finding Refuge and it’s available here: Amazon

As I put it together with some intention, I saw that it relates an interesting journey into determined optimism. It was impossible to avoid politics completely, but there is very little in the book. At first I thought of doing drawings, but as it evolved I saw the photos were OK in black and white, and fit the content of the book. There is a whole very colorful world out here, but in 2020, some of life’s color really did drain away. 

This little story begins just before Covid 19 officially hit Colorado, after which I spent most of 2020 (and now) with my two dogs, Bear and Teddy. Bear (full name, Polar Bear Yeti T. Dog) is a six year old Akbash Dog, a Turkish breed used for guarding livestock, and Teddy is a two year old mini-Australian shepherd. Our walks were mostly solitary, small journeys into several hundred acres of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Occasionally a friend would join us. The essays relate how the  companionship I found with that place, its animals, light, seasons, and emptiness, turned the strange and scary months into one of the most personally happy times of my life.

This is not a tourist guide or a suggestion that if you come to my remote valley you will experience what I have. Refuge isn’t a commodity centered on a particular location on a map. You could come out here, walk our little walk and find nothing there. Refuge is something each of us must uncover in our own way in our own world. I’m very grateful that I could.

Published by Martha Kennedy

Martha Kennedy's most recent work -- As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder -- tells about her experiences as a Foreign Expert in English in the People's Republic of China in 1982/83. It's a love story to China, to teaching and to adventure. She has published four works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review, the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015, and, in 2017, was named to the shortlist​ for the Chaucer Award from Chanticleer Reviews. Her other novels, Savior, The Brothers Path, and The Price form a loose series, looking at the experiences of the same family, Savior in the 13th century during the Crusades, The Brothers Path looks at the experiences of six brothers in the 16th during the Protestant Reformation and The Price brings the family to America in 1743. All three novels of the trilogy are IndieBRAG Honorees. Kennedy has also published a memoir entitled My Everest which is a compilation of stories about her years of trail hiking in the "wilderness" around San Diego with her dogs. My Everest is also an IndieBRAG honoree. Kennedy has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly. For many years she lived in the San Diego area. She now lives in Colorado, in Monte Vista, a small town in the San Luis Valley that she thinks might be Heaven.

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