Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Warmest Regards

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I just read a blog suggesting it would be a worthwhile experience to go back to the favorite places we loved during our childhood.

Is that possible for you?

It’s not for me.

The town in which I grew up has changed so much that I barely could recognize anything I recall from my past.

The three movie theaters I loved are more than gone. The buildings have been demolished.

My favorite downtown stores are long gone, including the three five and tens — Woolworths, Newberry’s and the Jupiter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I can’t stand to read the news anymore.

Too disheartening.

Is there anyone out there besides me who simply can’t take the daily drowning in bad news?

If there anyone besides me who needs some make-you-feel good news to break through all the doom and gloom?

I used to like the fast capsule news summaries on Yahoo. I can skim it in a few minutes and at least know what’s going on in the world.

But I can’t do it anymore. Too much negative, negative, negative.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

My friend Lenny sometimes sends me inspirational email.

The last one he sent was just a few lines called “The gift of listening.”

Coincidentally, that’s a topic my friends and I have been discussing for the past few months. That’s why I paid attention to Lenny’s email.

“You must really listen,” said the message.

“Don’t interrupt, don’t daydream, don’t respond.

“Just listen.”

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I think I’ve gotten my 200th email titled “Are you ready for summer?” In case I’m not, they’re sure to offer me many special deals to help me get ready. All a 50 percent off all swimsuits sale does is remind me that I’m 100 percent not ready to be in a swimsuit yet, and am not likely to be ready anytime soon.

But, still, I ask myself, “Am I ready?” And the answer is, resoundingly, “YES!”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

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.

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


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

By Pattie Mihalik

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?”

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ready or not, here comes another new year.

Every time I flip the calendar to another month, I feel like time is passing all too fast.

So of course I wasn’t ready to throw out the 2016 calendar. That simple act signifies another year has passed as time relentlessly marches on.

The older we get, the faster time flies. While science tells us the passage of time is the same for everyone, those of us who qualify for AARP membership know that isn’t true.

And for us retired folks, time passes far faster than it did when we were working.