Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Life's Turning Points

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Life's Turning Points

Article excerpt

Several months ago, I was asked to list five or six turning points in my life. Turning points meaning decisions I made or things that happened to me after which life was not the same. It's an interesting exercise that helps put your time on earth in historical perspective. You can rank your turning points in order of importance or chronologically. I readily came up with five, including the most recent, my being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Another one of my turning points was when Cammy and I took a chance on coming to Richmond eighteen years ago. I was both excited and nervous then about what lay ahead at the Virginia Historical Society. But there was no way I could have known that my time at the VHS would turn out to be such a rewarding experience. Never did I realize that this grand old institution would become the second love of my life. And never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have my name attached to a wing of our headquarters building, as described on page 4. I am both humbled and awed by the decision of our board of trustees to bestow such a signal honor on me. …

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