Nancy is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. During summer 2012, she is participating in a course on New Mexico wildflowers at SMU-in-Taos.
This class has been inspirational to me in so many ways. Who knew that the pine nut from the pinon tree is the perfect food? It has all the essential minerals a person needs, as much protein as a steak and all the essential amino acids. Or that flowers have designs drawing insects and birds that can’t be seen by the human eye? Pollinators can see the designs but humans can see them only with an ultraviolet light. I am leaving with 14 new friends who have inspired me with their kindness, intelligence, resilience, senses of humor and fun. We already are planning a reunion and a Shutterfly book with our photos and memories. I’m also sporting a suntan without getting hot, [...]