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An Independent Woman

February 27, 2014

I was a better person for having known her.

Still a Member after All These Years

November 11, 2013

Is my name in a database … ?

Reporting on Rand

August 29, 2013 1 reader letter

A student reporter jumps at the chance to hear a published writer speak in person.


June 13, 2013 2 comments

Good news and bad news

Wisconsin: Where I Row

March 7, 2013 4 comments

I never think about my time at Wisconsin without thinking about rowing.

A Variation on Camelot

November 10, 2012 1 comment

A California girl finds paradise in Madison.

Lessons from Stephen Ambrose

September 5, 2012 1 reader letter

“We’ll get along a lot better if you don’t compliment me so much.”

Flying Solo

May 30, 2012 1 comment

The war had become part of our lives, since many of our friends had gone off to fight.

Bubbler: A Secret Code

March 2, 2012 43 comments · 3 reader letters

Like the Rio Grande to Texans or the Mississippi to those who live along its banks, the Bubbler is not just a drinking fountain.

Bucky Badger Always Warms My Heart

November 9, 2011

There is a warm spot reserved in my heart for Buckingham U. “Bucky” Badger.

Of Polyester Pants and Friendship

August 30, 2011 6 comments

When I first came to the university in 1978, I had never lived away from home or in a big city. Everything was new to me.

A Table for Five

June 2, 2011 5 comments

We brought our whole selves to the table during those years, and we still do.

Changing Courses

March 1, 2011 1 comment

It was very hard to leave Madison, and in a sense I never have.

All’s Well That Ends Well

November 4, 2010 6 comments

Studying at a world-class university proves to be a life-changing experience.

After the Bombing

August 25, 2010 2 comments

As with many eventful days, Monday, August 24, 1970, began in perfect normalcy.

One of the Fortunate Few

May 24, 2010 1 comment

The feeling has never worn off.

Rules of the Road Revisited

February 22, 2010 1 comment · 2 reader letters

Lessons learned putting one foot in front of the other.

A Worldly Taste for Cheese

December 11, 2009

From Babcock Hall to Africa, a love of cheese yields friendship.

Grow Your Own Security

December 6, 2009

For two alumni, the Peace Corps provided lessons in sustainability.

Bold Gestures

June 1, 2009

Taking the long way to find love.

Teachers Who Changed My Life

February 15, 2009

Writers made all the difference to a young man looking for a profession.