Formerly fearless

Box o' Ducks

Years ago, I worked for the National Park Service as a law enforcement officer.

I was 20 years old, stood 5’4″ tall, and weighed 106 lbs. I was hardly menacing. The first year I worked there, my arm was in a knuckles to armpit cast, which prevented me from qualifying to carry a firearm. I could have been a dead-eye shot with one hand, but reloading would have been difficult.

When scheduling permitted, I hiked the park with Marty, the snake man, who kept track of the park’s rattlers. I fought forest fires. I helped kids my age who rolled their cars off the side of the mountain and fell from 50 foot cliffs.

I’m now afraid of blobs of fat travelling to my brain, causing a stroke, after hip replacement surgery.

Go figure.

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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