Skinny Dip with Nancy Peterson

Nan­cy Peter­son

We inter­viewed Nan­cy Peter­son, EdD, pro­fes­sor of ele­men­tary edu­ca­tion at Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­si­ty and co-chair of UVU’s annu­al Forum on Engaged Read­ing “For the Love of Read­ing” con­fer­ence and retreat. 

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop?

I recent­ly learned that Patrick Hen­ry (Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War Patri­ot) is one of my ances­tors. I’d love to talk heart to heart with him about what I have read con­cern­ing his per­son­al tri­als. For instance, I believe his first wife suf­fered from a men­tal ill­ness, and that he remained loy­al and respon­si­ble for her until she died.  I’d real­ly like to know how he coped, dealt with it, etc.

Gift from the SeaWhich book do you find your­self rec­om­mend­ing pas­sion­ate­ly?

Gift From the Sea by Anne Mor­row Lind­bergh. I re-read it every so often… find­ing dif­fer­ent gems for the first time, depend­ing on my life’s cir­cum­stances.  I love that book… love that woman!

What’s your favorite late-night snack?

I can’t even think about it….   Today is my 188th day of no sug­ar, no flour, and no snack­ing.  When I crave “that thing,” I just have go to bed!

Providence, Rhode IslandFavorite city to vis­it?

Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, in the fall. I’ve only been there once, but I was enam­ored with it, and want to see it again!

Illustrator’s work you most admire?

I real­ly want to answer this, but I have to share three: Steve Jenk­ins, and his exquis­ite­ly detailed cut paper work that almost rede­fines real­ism, in my mind! Mar­la Frazee, whose illus­tra­tions are drip­ping with unique per­son­al­i­ty and “voice.” And final­ly, Jon J Muth. Some words I have bor­rowed to express how I feel about his water­col­or and pas­tel illus­tra­tions are “mag­i­cal,” “haunt­ing,” “charm­ing,” “majes­tic,” and “cozy.” All I can say is that I can’t get enough of them.

Tea? Cof­fee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?

Shas­ta diet root beer… I just love that stuff!

Favorite sea­son of the year?

Autumn (not “fall” – autumn) Why? Evening walks in the crisp, damp air, the vivid col­ors of gold, orange and scar­let leaves, and the aro­mas com­ing from the chim­neys of the first hous­es on the block to light their fire­places.

What’s your dream vaca­tion?

I would love to take the train from Wash­ing­ton, DC, to Harper’s Fer­ry, stay in a bed & break­fast inn, and walk and wan­der around for 2 or 3 days sight-see­ing the his­tor­i­cal land­marks and muse­ums and shop­ping in the his­toric vil­lage and quaint shops – in autumn, of course!

What gives you shiv­ers?

Snakes and mice.

Morn­ing per­son? Night per­son?


What’s your hid­den tal­ent?

I am an amaz­ing grand­ma! For my tal­ent of “grand­moth­er­ing” I have the hair, the rock­er, the sto­ry­books, the sewing machine and the most beau­ti­ful two and four year old grand­chil­dren ever to walk this earth!

Your favorite can­dy as a kid …

M&Ms – always and for­ev­er! Have you tried the Mega M&Ms?

Broth­er and sis­ters or an only child?

I’m the old­est of five girls.

How did that shape your life?

I’m head­strong, opin­ion­at­ed, stub­born, and always But I’m also a pleas­er; I can hold my tongue when I want to, and I usu­al­ly go over­board in try­ing to make a good impres­sion.

Best tip for liv­ing a con­tent­ed life?

Tak­ing time to be alone and find joy. Anne Mor­row Lind­bergh says women need to take a minute of every hour, an hour of every day, a day of every week, and a month of every year (or some­thing like that) for them­selves. I don’t have a reg­u­lar sched­ule for it, but I know when I’m need­ing it, and I go to great lengths to get it.

Your hope for the world?

For every human being to receive and give kind­ness more than feel­ing and inflict­ing pain.

8 Responses to Skinny Dip with Nancy Peterson

  1. Lanette Ehresman February 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Glad to call you my friend. In lots of ways, we con­tin­ue to be ‘kin­dred spir­its!’

  2. Julie McVicker February 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    What an inspi­ra­tion you are to do many! I always learn some­thing from our con­ver­sa­tions.

  3. Kim Davis February 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    Loved read­ing about my friend! Excel­lent job Nan­cy!

  4. Candice Brown February 16, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    And, Nan­cy makes awe­some cin­na­mon rolls!

  5. Patti February 17, 2017 at 12:09 am #

    Loved read­ing this! Love this lady!

  6. Jill Shumway February 17, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    I love this! You bring joy and hap­pi­ness to all around you. So glad to be friends

  7. Sherri February 18, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    What a won­der­ful hon­or for a tru­ly love­ly, smart, ded­i­cat­ed woman who is tal­ent­ed in so many ways. So hap­py to call you my life­long friend. I’m so proud of your ded­i­ca­tion to your new lifestyle, too. You’re win­ning, girl­friend, and I appre­ci­ate how chal­leng­ing the bat­tle is. Love you!

  8. Kristina February 19, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    Nan­cy is one of the best teach­ers in the Edu­ca­tion pro­gram at UVU!! I enjoyed being in her class­es. She tru­ly LOVES books & she helped us, as stu­dents learn­ing to become teach­ers, to be engaged in the sto­ries. Thanks Nan­cy!!

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