Friday, August 22, 2014

Warmest Regards

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.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Did you see the Internet video of a 5-year-old girl giving her very emphatic thoughts on marriage and careers?

The video has been highlighted on Yahoo this week and has thousands of hits from people captivated with the little girl.

They don't tell the circumstances of where or how the video was made but there is no doubt about the convictions of the youngster as she talks.

"No, I will not marry you unless I have a job first," she says. She goes on to say she doesn't care if she marries that unnamed person or if she goes on to someone else.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

When we went dancing the other night at a local Elks club, the cars in the parking lot told us the place was packed.

Sure enough, we couldn't get a table. Every chair in the place seemed to be taken. An acquaintance saw us roaming around looking for a place to sit and pointed out a table with empty seats.

The couple sitting at the table was friendly and told us to join them. Soon, the woman told me why they were sitting alone while their friends and relatives were jammed together at other tables: they were being ostracized.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

At 13 years of age, Cameron Kohs has made a great discovery, one that he says has changed his life.

This great discovery, he says, is still a secret from many others his age but he's doing his best to change all that. He wants others to share in the same fun he's having.

What's his "new discovery?"

It's called the Great Outdoors.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

There was a story in our paper today about an 83-year-old woman who volunteers each day at an arts center.

"What's so special about that?" was my first thought when I glanced at the story. There are plenty of octogenarians who help hospitals, organizations or churches by doing volunteer work.

I've written many stories about noteworthy older volunteers. I think they are commendable as well as sorely needed. But most don't make newspaper headlines.