Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Warmest Regards

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The other day at a luncheon with friends, someone asked me about learning to kayak.

"I always wanted to try it," said one woman. "But I'm too old to start now."

She's 62.

I hear that so often. People talk about wanting a particular adventure or change in their life. But they conclude, "It's too late now."

Or, they allow themselves to make excuses rather than reaching out to try something they've been wanting to do.

Simply put, it's easier to stay with the status quo than it is to make a change of any kind.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

When it was time to pack for a mini-vacation with my husband, I found myself getting more and more excited.

I was relishing the thought of the two of us getting away together.

It might sound strange to look forward to a vacation because for retirees, every day is a vacation.

But even when there is no compelling schedule in your everyday life and you can basically design your own day, there is always more freedom when you're away on vacation.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

As I pass the display of Mother's Day cards in the store, I try not to look, not to get caught up in the sadness of not being able to buy a card for my mother.

It's been a bit more than five years since my mother passed away and even longer since I was able to telephone her several times a week.

Yet, even with the passing years, I still find myself wanting to rush to the telephone to call her when I want to share a good piece of news.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My son-in-law is fond of saying there are two kinds of people we encounter: Energy givers and energy drainers.

Some people are so vibrant and so passionate about life. That upbeat attitude is contagious. When we're around someone like that, we, too, find our own mood elevates.

I interviewed a fascinating guy this week whose energy and enthusiasm for life had me smiling.

Ed thrives on being outdoors and studying nature. Passionate about fishing, he takes his boat out every day. He's also an avid kayaker. But he does much more than paddle.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Did you ever go to a big smorgasbord where tons of tempting food is there for your selection?

I enjoy a smorgasbord. With all the possible dishes, I'm sure I can find something I like. Plus, it gives me a chance to try new things I might not order on my own.

Some of my friends refuse to go with me to a smorgasbord because they claim all those tempting offerings cause them to overeat.

I see that same thing in life itself.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April is always a special month for me.

One reason is because it's the month of my birth and I always make my birthday celebration last all month.

April is also special because it's one of rebirth. In Pennsylvania, we start to see trees budding and the start of spring flowers pushing from the earth.

I always loved walking about my yard and neighborhood, alert to the rebirth all around me. It's always a celebration when our world turns green.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

As God continues to shower me with blessings, one of those blessings is my new friend, Fran.

In addition to radiating goodness in everything she does, Fran is a strong, take-charge woman who rises to every challenge, both large and small.

But she wasn't always like that. Seeing the strong, gutsy woman that she is, it's hard to believe she spent 20 years of her life mired in fear and despair.

She has agreed to let me tell her story so that women can believe they can change their lives, no matter how bleak the circumstances.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A guy came up to me at a party with a strange question. "You know, you're a good writer," he said. "Why are you ashamed to use your real name in your newspaper column?"

He came to that conclusion because he noticed my married name and the name that appears with my column are entirely different.

It's not just the last name that's different. My husband calls me Trish and introduces me to everyone by that name.

I, on the other hand, always use Pattie.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I just went to birthday party that was more than an observance of the day of someone's birth.

The party was a glorious celebration of life.

When some people in our kayak club realized so many members were turning 70, they decided a party was in order.

I looked around at the nine celebrants and thought about how vibrant and active each one is. In addition to paddling kayaks for miles each week, they bike long distances, have a lot of varied interests, and are a rather hearty bunch.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I thought I knew a lot about food and nutrition. When it comes to those two subjects, I read everything I can get my hands on.

Yes, I like to eat healthy foods so I'm especially intrigued with comparison studies that show the calorie count and nutritional value of meals.

I'm often surprised when I read things like "Eat This, Not That" and learn that the healthy chicken salad I order in a popular restaurant is actually more than a recommended day's consumption of fat. I like to learn all I can about healthy choices, especially when eating out.