081 Linda Strader

Linda experienced harassment, as one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew. The more they harassed her, the more she didn’t want to quit, e.g. fires were not the only things she fought. When Linda encountered an obstacle, she would come up with alternatives. After losing her job, her mom, getting divorced, she rebuilt her life for the 3rd time. Writing her book enabled Linda to reconnect with her 20s and remind her that she is tenacious and resilient. She reinvented herself and starting teaching others. Linda shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– we are more resilient than we think
– figure out what’s holding you back
– confirm assumptions that explain why you’re stuck
– don’t let people stop you from what you want to do
– permit yourself to say no
– trust your gut
– there are always options

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ms. Strader moved to Prescott, Arizona with her family in 1972. In 1976, she became one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.

Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage is her first book. She is currently working on a prequel.

In addition to writing, Ms. Strader is a landscape architect, certified arborist, and watercolor artist. She currently lives in the same area where her Forest Service career began.


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