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Saturday, November 15, 2014

My neighbor Tom, who is 91, became a lot younger this week.

Tom mostly stays in his yard feeding the squirrels. In all my years here, I don't believe I ever saw him walking on our street.

But this week I saw a younger man with a skip to his steps walking a dog down the street. When I looked closer, I was surprised to see that it was Tom.

His smile was ear to ear as he practically danced across the street to show me his new charge. It was his granddaughter's dog, he said, and he was in charge of baby-sitting the dog while she went away for the day.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Remember that old ballad about always looking for a silver lining?

It sounds corny and most people don't look for a silver lining in every situation. They just look for a way to survive it and go on from there.

But what I've noticed the past few weeks is how many bad situations also bring a glimmer of good.

It was a grapefruit tree, of all things, that brought this message home to me. I went through so many conflicting emotions because of that tree. I started with gratitude, slipped into anger then graduated to regret.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I just finished a book about a small island that has few amenities except what nature provided an expansive sky and ocean.

There are few visitors because there are only a few rustic cottages on the rocky island and even owners only stay for the warmer months.

What intrigued me was that the author claimed when island natives encounter others, they don't say hello.

Instead, they greet each other with the words: Life is good.

I'm not sure if there really is such a place because after all, the book is fiction. But isn't that a grand idea?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

Every now and then I pick up a book that tries to define the stages of life in a new way.

Richard Rohr talks about dividing adulthood into two periods accumulating (which lasts for years), then a search for more meaning as we get older.

In my mind, here's another way of dividing adulthood. There are the "work years" which can usually range anywhere from three or four decades to 50 years.

Then there are the precious years I call the "do what you want" stage of life.

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.