Back Talk

After graduating college, I spent a long time searching for the perfect job. Most important in my search was finding a job where I felt like part of a team that was pushing me to be the best I could be.

As a 12-year-old polio victim in the early 1950s, I faced isolation, closed school doors, and bullying, including a common use of the circular motions recently used by the now president of the United States against a partially disabled writer. 

Art is a language. Artists communicate with us through color, form, subject, scale, texture, movement, and symbols. We all know how to “read” this language, if we stop and engage with the art.

I recently became a U.S. citizen; and the day I took my oath, I voted in my first presidential election.

This past spring, I and 14 fellow first-year students enrolled in a semester-long course of a lifetime.

A Grinnellian’s transformation.