NEW BOOK!*  Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature & Rediscover My Own

Margaret (Margie) Winslow

I am a geologist and writer with over thirty years of field experience in Alaska, Chile, Antarctica, and the Dominican Republic. While assessing earthquake hazards in the Dominican Republic, I became enchanted by watching donkeys at their labors. I was especially struck by their forbearance and playfulness in the face of an indifferent, even harsh, environment.

After I returned home, I joined donkey groups on-line, and attended donkey and mule shows in the Northeast and in New Mexico. I learned that, not only were donkeys steadfast and safe to ride, but also affectionate, playful, smart, and undervalued. The last part struck a chord deep within me. Just before 9/11 turned the world upside down, I became an unwitting wrangler and straight man to a rambunctious donkey named Caleb. I had no idea then that this young, untrained donkey would upend so many of my assumptions about life. Or that he would challenge me to accept his true nature — and help me rediscover my own.

In addition to my roles as unwitting wrangler and straight man for Caleb, I have written two award-winning travel memoirs about my work and misadventures in Chile and Antarctica. (See Books.)

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Other Books

The Cusp of Dreadfulness
SKU: 9781491787427

The Cusp of Dreadfulness is the sequel to Margaret Winslow’s award-winning travel adventure memoir, Over My Head. It recounts the author’s struggles for acceptance as a female field scientist while navigating through the wilderness of southern South America. Unlike her first book about sea voyages along the coasts during the 1970s, this memoir focuses on her land-based adventures between 1974 and 1998 carrying nothing more than her backpack, a hammer, and a compass.
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Over My Head
SKU: 9781475954319

Over My Head is a travel memoir that captures the misadventures of an inexperienced geologist as she begins pioneering field research in southern South America. Making waves in two repressive cultures, the author was one of the first women to work in the male-dominated world of field geology and the only woman on US and Chilean ships working in Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. The author’s voyages, beginning in the mid-1970’s, re-trace segments of Darwin’s and Magellan’s historic journeys into the uncharted fjords and trackless forests of Tierra del Fuego.
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