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Gail Storey poetically describes how the wilderness sanded her down to stillness, “Even as my body wore down, my heart opened. Like the snow plant, bursting red through the forest floor. Because of the mountains, the blue space of sky, the softness of green on gray rocks splashed with lichens? Or back in the desert, when colors took the place of thoughts: blue-purple lupines, creamy white yucca, prickly poppy yellow? Now, pearlescent cool air soothed my forehead and my mind settled down.” As a couple, they headed off on a 2663-mile trek from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Even though she was eating more than 6000 calories a day, at 5’7” she became a skeleton of barely 100 pounds, which deeply concerned her medical doctor husband. She was a talker, he, the silent type. How did they bridge their differences in temperaments and skills as they thirsted through deserts, forded icy rapids, stumbled through snow, and met up with a mountain lion? This lively dialogue reveals amazing highs and intense lows as every part of their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual bodies were challenged by this grueling endeavor. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Gail Storey was formerly administrative director of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She is a writer, hoop dancer and comic performance artist. Porter Storey, M.D. has been a full time hospice physician since 1983. He is a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine. He continues to do hospital and clinic consults in palliative care for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. In 2004, he was named the first executive vice-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine where he continues his efforts to insure that every severely ill patient has access to a physician, skilled in hospice and palliative medicine. Together they bicycled on their tandem from Maine to San Diego, and years later trekked the Pacific Crest Trail.
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To find out more about their work go to www.gailstorey.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 10/2/2013 Program Number: 3483
From Album: Journey Between Artist: Baka Beyond 1998 Rycodisk – Hannibal #HNCD 1415
Opening Essay: Track 05 Cotu Music Break 1: Track 04 Konti Music Break 2: Track 06 Land's End Music Break 3: Track 08 Queen of Ngorongoro
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