There are many ways to seize the day, and many roads from the mundane to the remarkable. CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld–no stranger to overcoming obstacles–hosts two women whose lives are anything but ordinary. Join us for a taste of their memoirs and a conversation on living life to the fullest and what it takes to do the seemingly impossible.
Ruth Marshall—power mom, wife, actor, and daughter—was in great health, until one day, her feet started to tingle. Her fears were confirmed by an MRI revealing a rare tumour that had been quietly growing on her spine for more than a decade. Ruth woke from the surgery to find her legs and feet had forgotten how to do...well, everything. Her entertaining and inspiring memoir, Walk It Off, chronicles the months of rehabilitation as she relearned not only how to walk, run, pee, and even have sex again, but how to better appreciate everyone around her—including her devoted husband, her two young sons, her worried parents, her sisters, her loving friends, and the caring staff at the rehab center who helped her tackle her recovery head-on.
As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved–that of a generalist explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and philosopher–had gone extinct. So she vowed to become a scientist and go to Mars. To pass the time before she could launch into outer space, Kate set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel Yule, then settled down to study at Oxford and MIT. Eventually the truth dawned on her: an explorer, in any day and age, is by definition the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. And Harris had soared most fully out of bounds right here on Earth, travelling a bygone trading route on her bicycle. So, as beautifully told in her memoir, Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, she quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again with Mel, this time determined to bike it from the beginning to end.
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