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Saturday, October 11, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

I'm sitting here in ecstasy.

I'm eating a ripe peach. It's so deliciously ripe that juice dribbles down my chin. Every bite confirms my taste buds are being treated to an extraordinary experience.

You may be sitting there thinking, come on! It's just a peach.

No, it's not "just a peach." It's a perfectly ripe peach. There's a perfect stage somewhere between ripe and overly ripe when taste is at its zenith.

Believe it or not, it's been years since I had this experience.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

The birds are singing the sweetest song. It sounds like a big chorus with various kinds of birds singing different parts.

What makes it incongruous for me is the rest of the scene the steady downpour that started early in the morning and won't let up.

I often wondered where birds go when it rains like this. I picture them with their heads turned under their feathered wings, hiding from the elements.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Would you rather have people say you look young or would you like them to think you are skinny?

That was the question asked in a survey that generated a lot of attention on the Internet last week.

The survey started in England, but once it hit the Internet other media sites picked it up and asked U.S. women to respond.

Turns out it didn't matter which country ran the survey. The results were the same.

Most women said they would rather look young.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The other week I saw an eye-catching photo of a college library in The Wall Street Journal.

The library has a unique dome on the outside and something even odder on the inside: no books.

Some say it's the forerunner of things to come.

Digital libraries, we're told, are the wave of the future.

They are already appearing in Boston, Texas and Washington, in addition to right here in my Florida backyard, so to speak.

The Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, just opened a new library with not a book in sight. Everything is digital.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A woman's perspective changes with age.

That was reinforced for me, once again, as members of one club sat at the beach and caught up on each other's lives.

One woman admitted she was feeling "more than a bit lost" because her last child just left the nest. For the first time in decades, it was just her and her husband, and she said she is unable to adjust to the change.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's never too late to turn your life around

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing a 77-year-old man who proves that it's never too late to turn your life around.

I want to share his story with you because I think others might benefit from his experience.

Leroy admits he was always shy, too shy to talk around strangers and too fearful of trying anything new.

But that was OK, he says, because he was married to the world's greatest woman. "We were married 46 years, and I can honestly say she grew more loving with every passing year," he said.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

While I was listening to a recent Chuck Swindoll "Insight for Living" radio broadcast, he cited a statistic about what we call "domestic violence."

Two million cases of reported domestic violence involve some kind of weapon, he said.

At first I thought that sounded a little high until I thought about what we see each week in the police log. On the same day as Swindoll's broadcast, the police log in our local paper carried a story of two cases of family violence.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Neel Kashkari made news last month when he wrote in The Wall Street Journal about "going homeless" to learn how the homeless live.

Robert Friend doesn't have to read about the homeless to know how they live. Until four months ago, he was homeless for more than a decade.

It was the faith and perseverance of his sister, Jeanne, that changed his life and gave him the chance to enjoy the everyday niceties we take for granted.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Here I am sitting outside on our lanai during nature's light show. Most people call it lightning.

Our lanai is covered so I can sit outdoors during most storms. Florida is the lightning capital of the world, and tonight it is claiming that distinction with a vengeance.

There is so much lightning that it lights up the night sky like one of those continuous light shows at a big mall. Of course that means constant thunder, too.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A long time ago I signed up for a painting class after the instructor promised me she could teach anyone to paint.

In school, I was never good at art and can't even draw a good circle. The instructor said it didn't matter. She said we would learn painting by doing oils because oils were forgiving.

For our painting class, the instructor placed a vase and still life scene on the table, telling us to paint it.

When my vase was so lopsided it was hard to tell if it was round or square, she said it was no problem. Just use my brush to make the other side round.