Michelle Dowd

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Michelle Dowd was raised on an isolated mountain, where she learned to identify flora and fauna, navigate by the stars, forage for edible plants, and care for the earth. Her first book, Forager: Field Notes from a Wild Life, which reveals how she found her way out of an apocalyptic cult, poverty, and illness by drawing on the gifts of the wilderness, is forthcoming with Algonquin Press. Twitter: @Michelledowd2


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When I Left the Cult I Was Raised In, I Learned What a Family Could Be

Spending my childhood preparing for the Apocalypse exacted a price on my ability to trust, particularly in the concept of family.

Jul 18, 2019