Spinning the Record – Summer 2014

My knowledge of firearms is limited to 1980s TV classics like MacGyver and Magnum, P.I., so I asked Bill Clements, Dean of NU’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, to give me a brief tutorial. The... Read More

Spinning the Record – Spring 2014

Two summers ago, I had the privilege of hosting four students from mainland China at my home for ten days. All middle-schoolers, they were about to enter ninth grade that fall in their home city of Chongqing,... Read More

Spinning the Record – Winter 2014

One of my favorite books from my youth is The Little Prince, the fanciful tale of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara and develops a friendship with a young prince from another planet. Written and illustrated... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – FALL 2013

One warm Saturday morning in May, as my husband and I sat out in our front yard enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, we noticed a tiny chickadee busily pecking at something underneath the lilac bush. Upon... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – SUMMER 2013

A couple years ago I stopped cooking— literally. After more than 30 years spent slaving over a hot stove, preparing meals for my family had become a mundane and uninspired duty carried out day after... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – SPRING 2013

I am sitting at my desk, watching the steam rise from my mug of black coffee as it cools. Lit by the rays of the late afternoon sun, the vapor spiral twists and turns in undulating swirls, dances upward... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – WINTER 2013

About a year ago I started experiencing unexplained shortness of breath brought on by exertion. Since I was also dealing with a bad cold, it took three visits to the doctor before I received the correct... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – FALL 2012

Although its precise origins have been obscured by time, the use of the Norwich motto, “I Will Try,” dates back nearly to the University’s founding. And while some would argue that the word “try”... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – SUMMER 2012

I have been in a courtroom three times. The first was in Daytona Beach, Fla. Some college friends and I drove to the county courthouse to pick up another friend who had spent a night behind bars after... Read More

SPINNING THE RECORD – SPRING 2012

“Unseen hands guiding me though my storm and through my rain Healing hands holding me Through the darkness of my pain” One night in early January I ventured out into the cold on a singular... Read More