Nancy A. Olson first came to southeastern Vermont to attend Windham College in Putney. She felt so at home in the area that she returned to Putney in 1972 to start her adult life. After teaching English and journalism at Brattleboro Union High School for 35 years, she retired in 2013. Since then, she has freelanced for the Brattleboro Reformer, UpCountry Magazine, and The Commons. Words have thrilled her since childhood. Writing about Clarina Howard Nichols has been fascinating.