Eddies and Stars

My 35 Days Walking the French Camino

by Janet L. Paduhovich Illustrated by Mike Tiddy

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 22/06/2021

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781982269296
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781982269302

About the Book

“Sometimes life gives us a second chance. We find ourselves at a place and time in life that few others will ever experience. Seize it, as if it was the last breath of air you would ever breathe. Thank you Janet Paduhovich, for taking us to this place in your life.” Wayne Drumheller, M.Ed., Editor and Founder The Creative Short Story Project Her possessions pared down to necessities, Janet Paduhovich set out from Seattle, Washington, on a pilgrimage that followed the Camino Frances, the French Way, a trail that begins in St. Jean Pied de Port in France and stretches away for 500 miles over the Pyrenees and, ultimately, into Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Drawing from her daily journal, Janet recounts the rigors of the pilgrim trail, both physical and emotional, and takes us from town to rural town, and through cities, too, as she faces the challenge of a lifetime. Janet joins a flow of pilgrims that is centuries old on a walk that brings tranquility and joy, as well as pain and fear. Hints of the mystical hover about her experiences, and, against the backdrop of human frailty, Janet examines her daily experiences on her pilgrimage to gain insight about herself and others, notions of family, beliefs, and companionship. She also confronts solitude and perseveres through even this interior trial.

About the Author

Janet Paduhovich describes herself as a “curious explorer.” Growing up in New Jersey, a few miles from New York City, she encountered diverse people, places, and opportunities. She worked as caseworker with the South Carolina Department of Social Services and as an early volunteer with People Against Rape. She also worked with the National Crime Victim’s Center in Charleston, South Carolina, raised her son as a single parent, completed law school, and practiced law in government and in private practice. Janet has “wondered and wandered” from New Jersey to South Carolina to Washington State to North Carolina, and, one day, in 2014, she left home for France where she began a pilgrimage that would lead her on The Way of St. James, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.