Little House in the Big Woods


If figurines were awarded for completing twentysomething life-experience clichés, I have been angling for the entire set: the search for myself in central European beer halls; the move west to try growing up with the country; graduate school in New York. A log cabin in the woods has the air of the final trinket on the mantle: the Walden moment. Collect them all.

At The Morning News, Rumpus contributor Nell Boeschenstein explores the fate that led her to her cabin residency in Virginia, and how it triggered the emotional investigation of her mastectomy.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →