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Peg Bowden is a retired nurse who lives in Arizona close to the Mexico border. She says life in the borderlands is like having one foot in Mexico and one foot in the United States — a lifestyle rich in culture, diversity and political discourse. When she crosses into Mexico several times per week and volunteers at an aid station known as El Comedor, she serves breakfast, passes out needed clothing and medical supplies and provides counsel to migrants and asylum seekers. Bowden also gives presentations on border issues and campaigns for human rights.
Bowden is the author of the books, "A Stranger at My Door: Finding My Humanity on the US/Mexico Border" and "A Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border."
When she’s not traveling across the border searching for the perfect fish taco, she plays the timpani in a concert band, paints watercolors of her beloved desert and writes. Bowden lives with her husband, two dogs, a feral cat named Tamale and a lot of open range cattle.