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Dana Wildsmith

Dana Wildsmith teaches English as a second language to adults. She is the author of four books of poetry and lives in Bethlehem, Georgia, where she works to preserve her 125-year-old family farm in the midst of encroaching development.

— From June 2008
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Survival Guide

Venom travels through your circulatory system, burning blood-vessel walls like acid as it goes, so the slower you can get your blood to flow, the better. Knowing this, I did not try to walk to our car, just ten yards away. Don ran to the house for the cellphone and the car keys. He brought the car to me, then called 911 as he drove, asking the dispatcher to have an ambulance meet us at the Bethlehem Fire Department, where there would be emergency medical equipment. Then I called Mama to tell her what had happened.

June 2008
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