Peg Bowden (Dec. 6, 1942 - Dec. 27, 2020) is a retired public health nurse (RN, MS) who lives in southern Arizona near the US/Mexico border. She is a humanitarian aid worker with the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, and volunteers weekly with the migrant population at 'el comedor,' a place of refuge in Nogales, Sonora. A musician and artist, Peg pounds the timpani in the Green Valley Concert Band, and paints watercolors of her beloved desert. She lives with her husband, Lester Weil, a couple of dogs, a feral cat, and a lot of open range cattle.
A series of true stories and personal reflections inspired by Peg Bowden's early years volunteering at el comedor, a migrant shelter on the Mexico border. The author travels the “third country” of the Arizona borderlands weekly with a group called the Samaritans, providing clothing, medical supplies and counsel to migrants seeking safety and a living for their families.
When a man appears at the door of her home in the Sonoran desert lost and half-dead, Peg Bowden must examine the values that drive her life choices, which aren’t currently aligned with the politics of her homeland. This true story of shared humanity explores the literal and metaphorical significance of the borders in our lives, and the fear and xenophobia that keep them standing.