Sifting & Winnowing

An Independent Woman

Spring 2014

I was a better person for having known her.

Still a Member after All These Years

Winter 2013

Is my name in a database ... ?

Reporting on Rand

Fall 2013 — 1 reader letter

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


Summer 2013 — 2 comments

Good news and bad news

Wisconsin: Where I Row

Spring 2013 — 4 comments

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

A Variation on Camelot

Winter 2012 — 1 comment

A California girl finds paradise in Madison.

Lessons from Stephen Ambrose

Fall 2012 — 1 reader letter

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

Flying Solo

Summer 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

Spring 2012 — 46 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

Winter 2011

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

Of Polyester Pants and Friendship

Fall 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

Summer 2011 — 5 comments

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

Changing Courses

Spring 2011 — 1 comment

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

All’s Well That Ends Well

Winter 2010 — 6 comments

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

After the Bombing

Fall 2010 — 2 comments

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

One of the Fortunate Few

Summer 2010 — 1 comment

The feeling has never worn off.

Rules of the Road Revisited

Spring 2010 — 1 comment · 2 reader letters

Lessons learned putting one foot in front of the other.

A Worldly Taste for Cheese

Fall 2009

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

Grow Your Own Security

Winter 2009

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

Bold Gestures

Summer 2009

Taking the long way to find love.

Teachers Who Changed My Life

Spring 2009

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