The Constant Heart by Mara Bright
This memoir explores a woman’s relationship to her sexuality and to the men she partners with, as she learns to be more truly herself. She moves from devaluing herself with men toward steadily celebrating all of herself, until now in her sixties, she feels whole and alive. Throughout her life she’s a pioneer, seeking adventure and testing herself again and again in the wild, paddling the Allagash, capturing wild goats on an island in the Aegean, fasting in the New Mexico desert, wandering the streets of Istanbul alone, and connecting with Spirit through nature and the elements. For twenty years she homesteads on a small farm in rural Massachusetts, drops out of the consumer culture and lives close to the land. With her husband she grows or raises most of her family’s needs, tends sheep, a goat, chickens and pigs, learns old ways of preserving food, bakes bread.