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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Most of the time anxiety is foreign to me unless I'm driving in heavy traffic or in rain that reduces my vision.

I've already shared with readers my driving anxiety that was the aftermath of a car accident that happened when I was making a left turn onto a busy highway.

After almost two years, I could still hear that crash in my head whenever I had to make a left turn. It got to the point where I didn't want to get behind the wheel of a car unless I had to.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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Thomas Wolfe immortalized the phrase, "You can't go home again."

I don't know about you, but I've had the experience of trying to go back to my beloved hometown, hoping to see the happy place of my youth.

Instead, the town had changed so much, and not for the better. The people were still extraordinarily warm and friendly, making even a trip to Dunkin' Donuts a nice adventure. I think coal region people are some of the friendliest people anyone could hope to encounter.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was excited last night because a very dear friend of mine was giving a talk at a church organization.

The last time she gave a talk, I was in the hospital so I had to miss it. I told my husband I would camp on the church steps if I had to because it meant a lot to me to be there this time.

"I didn't realize you knew her that well. She doesn't live around here. How do you know her?" he asked.

When I told him I met Lisa at a church seminar, he wanted to know how long I knew her. "It can't be that long because you just started going to those retreats," he commented.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I don't like when I read articles that tell us all the negative things that affect us as we get older.

I'm a positive person and I insist on staying that way, thank you very much.

But one day last week just about did me in. It's hard to stay positive when nature and circumstances conspire against you.

For weeks, my daughters and I have looked forward to my trip to New Jersey where I will be my granddaughter's Confirmation sponsor.

In addition to that big event, my daughters and I planned to spend a day at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I used to be smart.

Now I know nothing.

So help me out here.

Perhaps you can tell me the answers to some of the stuff I don't know.

Often, when I turn on my computer, there is a story about Kendra Wilkinson. How did she get "famous" in the first place? I vaguely remember something about a reality show, but she came across as rather dumb. Must be another reason for her fame. Anyone?

OK, here's a big one. I don't get this country's fascination with the Kardashian family. They just don't go away.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I am very protective of my happy disposition. I'm careful about the books I read and the movies I see. And while I am an avid newspaper reader, there are parts I avoid such as certain political columns that depress me by telling me about things out of my control.

I do read all the how-to- columns as well as all the financial columns because I like to keep learning. But one financial column I normally like had me silently screaming in frustration.

Someone wrote to columnist Malcolm Berko complaining that the government won't help him with his financial problems.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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A while back Robert Fulghum wrote a little essay that packed a big wallop round the world. He called it, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten."

Some of what he wrote:

"All I really know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school."

These are a few of the things he says he learned in kindergarten that are still words to live by:

Share everything.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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Ahhh, I miss the good old days when I ate whatever I wanted instead of what is supposedly good for me.

The older I get, the more concerned I am about healthy living. I look around at all the infirmities that set in as we age and get determined to do what is in my power to stay healthy.

I try not to pop pills for medical issues. Instead, I first try lifestyle changes to stay healthy.

It's been a long-held belief of mine that people go to a doctor wanting a pill that will make them better.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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A while back in a writer's guild workshop we were asked to write down words we thought are beautiful.

The workshop leader didn't want us to list words where the meaning was beautiful. It's the word itself the sound of the word on which we were to concentrate.

We were given 10 minutes to list our "beautiful" words. At the end of that time, I didn't have any words I truly thought were beautiful only because of the sound.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My friend Lou Sportelli has a knack for meaningful quotes that stay with me.

For instance, one meaningful quote that has stood the test of time with me is this one.

"We are the same person today as we were yesterday except for two things the books we read and the people we meet."

Since Dr. Sportelli is a great reader of self-help books, (and he so generously passes them along to others), I'm not sure if that quote originated with him or if he is quoting one of his favorite authors.