Never Give Up: My article on Outdoor Evolution

So how did I, a woman, end up applying for a job on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service...

Camp Fury Event: Nontraditional job introduction

I had the honor to speak yesterday in front of 30 sixteen-year-old girls about my experiences as a wildland firefighter at a Girl Scout Camp Fury event.

This program is awesome! It introduces Girl Scout teens to the world of nontraditional jobs available to them, with hands on experience in structural firefighting and other public service professions.

The girls were interested and engaged while I spoke, and asked great questions. I hope some of them decide to pursue one of these lines of work. We need more women in nontraditional jobs!


Book talk and signing at Tucson's Main Library

What a great turnout at my book talk yesterday at Tucson's Main Library! And the audience was really interested and engaged. Always nice when that happens!

My interview on Stories that Empower

I had the honored of meeting Sean Farjadi on his podcast "Stories That Empower." Here's a summary from Sean of what we talked about:

Linda experienced harassment as one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew. The more they harassed her, the more she didn't want to quit, e.g. fires were not the only things she fought. When Linda encountered an obstacle, she would come up with alternatives. After losing her job, losing her mom and getting divorced, she rebuilt her life for the 3rd time. Writing her book enabled Linda to reconnect with her 20s and remind her that she is tenacious and resilient. She reinvented herself and starting teaching others. Linda shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- we are more resilient than we think
- figure out what's holding you back
- confirm assumptions that explain why you're stuck
- don't let people stop you from what you want to do
- permit yourself to say no
- trust your gut
- there are always options

Come have a listen to the full podcast! 

Local author event at the Joyner Green Valley Library

What a wonderful time I had last week at my library's local author event! There were two authors besides me who gave presentations about their book. 

I spoke about the history of women in the US Forest Service, and how I came to be one of the first women on a Forest Service fire crew in the 1970s.

The audience of thirty were attentive and interested, and asked wonderful questions. I sold all of the books I'd brought with me.