Grandma's on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago

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AuthorHouse, Nov 20, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 370 pages
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In Grandma’s On the Camino, author Mary O’Hara Wyman, a 72 year old grandmother from San Francisco, relates her 2010 adventures walking 500 miles alone as a pilgrim on the Camino Frances. Her journey takes her from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees to Spain, then westward to the ancient spiritual destination of Santiago de Compostela. Through back-home reflections based on journal entries and postcards sent to her grand daughter, Mary describes engaging encounters with pilgrims of all ages and motivations, close-range observations of numerous animals on the trails, and the daily tasks of finding food and a bed each evening. Readers will gain keen insight into the physical day to day rigors facing a walking pilgrim, as Mary endured several falls on the trails, a serious foot injury, copious rain, mud and unseasonal cold and hot weather. Grandma’s On the Camino will inspire pilgrims and armchair readers of any age with Mary’s adventures and coping mechanisms, calmness under pressure, humorous outlook on life and truly spiritual approach to walking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela. You will walk as a pilgrim with Mary through every word in the book.
 

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Contents

IntroductionLetter to My Grand Daughter
1
Thomas Mertons Prayer
11
OffI Go Into the Wild Blue yonder
13
Two Falls Too Many
21
The Boots That Laced Up the Back
27
Day
28
Saved by Teresa ofavila
32
Day
34
Mornings on the Camino
128
Poppies Blooming in the Snow
133
and you? Why do you Walk the Camino?
138
Closer to the Truth
146
The Weather Changes
158
250 Miles Down 250 Miles to Go
161
The Man with the Brochure
165
The ScarfThat Moved on the Path
171

Mary why do you walk?
38
Day
40
Day
46
The Man with the Cell Phone
47
Day
52
The Contorted Crucifix
54
The Evening Routine
58
2010Holy year or Party year?
62
Chilled to the Bone
68
The Extra Leg in my Bed
74
Cold Feet Warm Heart
82
Chickens in the ChurchOh My
87
The Mysterious Storks
94
Day of Complete Quiet and Rest
100
The Fifth and Final Fall
104
Egregore Indeed
109
Walking and Visiting with Jane
120
Day 27
177
Traveling by Two Feet Four Feet
228
never alone on the Camino
234
no Bed at any Price in OCebreiro
242
The Snails Pace
250
Baby Storks in nests
268
Expanding the List ofInfluencers
279
Many Pilgrims on My Path
288
Galicia the Land of One Million Cows
296
naturePressed Down and Flowing Over
307
The English Lesson
316
Santiago Within Grasp
331
The Deepest Silence ofall
339
Left My Heart in Santiago
347
Leaving Madrid
354
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