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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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In the shadow of the steeple

Nancy Littlefield and her dollIn addition to being the chief nursing officer for the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Nancy Littlefield is a prolific blogger.

Her blog, called "In the Shadow of the Steeple," is a mix of the personal and professional. There are references to her four grandchildren, travel pieces, recipes and recollections from her childhood in Moorestown N.J., above, where her Mom was a nurse and her Dad was a mechanical engineer.

There are also posts on medicine, including this sample about volunteering at the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg:

"Tuesday of this week was my night to volunteer in the free clinic. I love this night each month because I can put on some old scrubs that I used to wear in the ICU, put a stethoscope around my neck, and just be a nurse. The people that I cared for this week came not just to be seen, but to teach me some lessons.

"The first patient was a young woman who was a new bride. The bright shiny ring on her finger looked about two months old. She came to the clinic because she was afraid she was infected with some tick bites. I asked her as I looked at her neck and back how in the world did she get so many tick bites?"

Littlefield started blogging in March and has posted three or four times a week since then. She says she has a longtime interest in writing. Her brother, Steve Wick, is a reporter for Newsday and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

"I have always enjoyed writing. I really appreciate people who can communicate-both verbally and in written form," she said in an e-mail.

Littlefield’s blog can be found HERE.