Commentaries & Essays

Deb Lives Dangerously!
5:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Safety, Italian Style

When I was eighteen, my cousin Umberto visited us from Italy.  I sat in the passenger seat of Umberto’s rental car as he sped through a red light at a busy intersection in Hartford, Connecticut.  I shrieked, “Stop.  Stop.  You’ve got to stop!”

Umberto smiled.  “In Italy, red light is optional.”

Umberto wasn’t kidding.  When my husband and I visited Tuscany last fall, we discovered that some Italians considered all rules of the road optional.  

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Trout Season
2:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Big Catch

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

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From Krueger Pond
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Building Bridges

If you listen to our programs on a regular basis, you know Gerry Krueger – the Albemarle County resident who has spent much of her life watching and writing about the geese on a pond near her home, including one disabled bird named Charlie. 

She also taught school and tutored children with special needs, like Sean, who lived with his deaf mother and struggled to speak, read and write. 

Today, she’s retired from teaching but has not stopped writing about the birds and about Sean.


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UVA Nursing Student
1:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Comforting Care

The most meaningful times in our lives might last only a few minutes, but they are memorable.

Take this story, for example, from UVA nursing student Mary Lacy Grecco.  She was helping to care for patients at a local assisted living facility -- among them, a frail, 94-year-old woman from Fluvanna.

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UVA Nursing Student
12:59 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Lesson in Nursing: Facing the End

One of the most challenging things for medical professionals is learning to accept the ultimate defeat-- the inability to keep a patient alive.

As a UVA nursing student, Kim Proesser says one patient taught her how to care for dying patients with joy and respect.

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