is a Brazilian native who is building her home in the mountains of Urubici.


is on leave from a long fought for tenured position at a prestigious liberal arts college.


is an ex-marketing executive who has found herself awash in the daily nightmare of chronic illness.

A note about names:
We have given our authors the option of not using their real names. These are not easy or safe topics. Because of this and because we want these stories to be accessible to the public, some have chosen to use an alias. Ana is using her real name. Sojourner and Maia are not.