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Saturday, March 25, 2017

We’ve reached that point in the year where I’m phoning it in.

Uniform slightly too small? Tough. You’re wearing it. Stain on your white polo shirt? Put a sweater over it. The same thing in your lunch for the eighth day in a row? Tough. You’re eating it.

Your winter jacket is filthy? Tough. By the time it gets through the wash cycle, the weather will change and you won’t need it, so wear it dirty. Bed times? Schmed times. Sleep, don’t sleep. I don’t care.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

newsgirl@comcast.net

During a recent discussion group, we were asked to write down the answer to this question: If you could have any one material thing and cost was no object, what would you want?

At first I was tempted to say I don’t really long for anything because I’ve found that all the important things in life don’t cost money. But if I had to list one unfulfilled materialistic wish, it would be for a boat.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I love social media, but there’s also a dark side to it that I don’t like.

For me the benefits have been many. I’ve connected with long-lost friends, made hundreds of new ones, and it is the main source of advertising for my books and a way for me to interact with readers.

I’ve seen people flock to offer prayers and support when someone is faced with a devastating illness. And I’ve been the recipient of those prayers when finding myself in need of them.

Friday, March 10, 2017

We have a really great writers’ guild in our area that includes beginners as well as seasoned writers.

In the 10 years that I’ve belonged, it’s been fun to watch “newbies” become polished, published writers. The transformation is amazing.

One man said he came to his first meeting at the insistence of his wife because she said he had to find an interest that would lift him out of his depression.

When Don worked up his courage to read some of his work, he was surprised at the good reception it got.

Friday, February 17, 2017

By PATTIE MIHALIK

Are you one of those people who keep saying they don’t have enough time?

I am.

I look at my little pocket calendar trying to find an open date when I can do something new or perhaps go to a concert I want to see. All I see on the calendar are days filled in with appointments, interviews or previously scheduled events.

Ahhh, I wish I had more time.

Here’s an intriguing question for you to ponder.

If you had more time, perhaps one more day in your week, what would you do with it?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Back in the days when I was a career woman, business cards were important.

It was important to give one to everyone I interviewed or hoped to interview so they knew how to contact me.

Now that I only work part-time, cards must still be important because people keep asking me for one.

I’m surprised how many retired people hand out name cards. Some simply say “retired” while others have rather original cards.

My new friend David has an intriguing card that must make women wish for a guy like that.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Let’s be honest. We all lie.

Most of us tell a fib once in a while so we still believe we are truthful people.

That’s what Alex Lickerman says in a Psychology Today article. He also says we are only dishonest in ways that we think don’t matter so we can easily live with ourselves.

Lying protects us from conflict or emotional harm more than brutal honesty does. The truth is that lying can make us feel good and also make the people we lie to feel good as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Nintendo’s recent release of the NES Classic has sparked a renewed interest in nostalgic video games.

My memory was also jogged in the past few months when a Kia commercial featuring Bo Jackson and a Tecmo Bowl highlight came on my television.

I’m 35 and for someone growing up in my era, few sports games lived up to the hype like Tecmo Bowl did.

Never mind the fact the original version only had 12 teams, nine players on a side and four different plays.

Friday, January 27, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

newsgirl@comcast.net

How much stuff is too much?

I’ve noticed money manager Dave Ramey often starts his radio show with this declaration:

If you have a roof over your head and something to eat, you have enough.

While that’s an oversimplification, the financial guru often makes the point that having the basics we need to live on can be enough. The rest is all gravy.

The next question is, “How much is enough?”

Friday, January 6, 2017

This time of year, most people are trying to keep those New Year’s resolutions. I admit it. I don’t usually make any resolutions because I can’t keep them anyway. But this year, I’ve decided to give it a try.

Why the change of heart? Well, sometimes you’re just inspired.

In December, I started making a list of all the things I want to do in my life.