Alone in the Dark: Essays About Everyday Bravery by Dawn Downey
Approx. 5,680 words.
Published on December 5, 2012.
Well past middle age, Dawn Downey noticed she was afraid of, well, everything. Her hands grew clammy before buying an airline ticket online. Her heart stopped if she approached a dead-end sign. She flinched when she overheard arguments among strangers. Don’t even mention creatures that slithered. These essays describe how she learned the nature of courage by confronting her anxieties.