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Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I was a kid, I liked playing Follow the Leader. It wasn't a very stimulating game and we usually got bored quickly and stopped playing.

Sometimes, though, as adults we continue to play Follow the Leader, even if we don't want to.

Did you ever do something you didn't want to do, simply because "everyone else was doing it?"

Perhaps you didn't want to go along with the crowd because it didn't seem right or it wasn't safe. Or maybe it just didn't appeal to you. But you did it anyway, just to go along with others.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

A full-page ad in our newspaper announced a "new" concept in housing development – new homes built around neighborhood pods, complete with stores, recreation and medical services all within walking distance.

Of course you're probably thinking the same thing I did – what's so new about that? We've had that concept for decades.

It's called neighborhoods.

I guess it's true that what's old suddenly becomes new again.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

From the time I was a kid, I gave up chocolate candy for Lent.

Encouraged by the church to do something penitent for the weeks leading up to Easter, I figured since I loved chocolate so much, that would be a suitable sacrifice.

I remember how absolutely delicious were the chocolate bunny ears I looked forward to on Easter Day. When you're deprived of anything, it's especially good to have it again.

Last year at the start of Lent, our pastor asked how many were planning to "give something up" for Lent. Almost every hand went up, including mine.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Last week, a beautifully written letter to the editor in the TIMES NEWS caught my attention.

The male writer extolled the virtues of letting life come to a standstill and just sitting still to inhale the beauty of life. He said he did that by pulling a chair outside then sitting quietly to appreciate the beauty of the snow scene.

He called it "enjoying his second childhood."

That resonates with me in a major way because I've been living my second childhood for six years. I'm enjoying it so much that my daily prayer is that I don't have to stop any time soon.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

I am drawn to dolphins as much as I am drawn to sunlight. I think they are smart, amazing creatures.

A recent Internet story tells us dolphins are also loving and caring.

I was moved by the story to the point where it made me think about my own actions. I think it's important enough to share the story with readers, so here it is, just as it appeared on Yahoo.

Members of the Cetacean Research Institute in Ulsan, South Korea, were surveying cetaceans in the Sea of Japan when they encountered a pod of dolphins.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Some people tell me they think I'm a caring person.

Well, yes and no.

I greatly care about my family and friends.

I care deeply about those who are forced to do without the basics of life. I care about the hungry and I care about the homeless.

I care about this nation and I care deeply about its eroding values.

I care about my church and my community. I know there is no such thing as "the church" should do it or "the community" should do it.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ohhh, how I wanted that house.

That's all I can think about as David and I ride our bikes past "the house."

"The house," as in, it's perfect for us.

"The house," as in, it was almost ours.

When David and I were planning to get married, we each owned a home. Our plan was to sell our homes and buy one together.

It would have made more sense if one of our homes was suitable for both of us. But he declared my home was too small and his very old home needed too much repair.

So, we went house hunting.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

By PATTIE MIHALIK

newsgirl@comcast.net

A long time ago, 60 years ago to be exact, Norman Vincent Peale wrote his now famous book, "The Power of Positive Thinking."

His premise, having a strong faith and keeping a positive approach to life, was controversial at the time it was first published in 1952.

But the book struck a chord in people, watering their thirst for meaning and self-direction.

The book went on to sell millions of copies, and, 60 years later, it is still selling well.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

There are some things we seem to know intuitively. Then we feel good when some expert comes along and reaffirms what we already know.

For years, one of my main beliefs has been that we find our happiness in little things, not in life's big moments. My thought is if we can learn to find joy in small, everyday things, we will lead a happy life.

Yahoo Online featured a health related article this week that quoted experts on ways to find happiness. The article quoted from the December issue of Prevention, certainly a credible source.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Having children gives us many pleasures, pains, laughs, anxiety, pride, disappointments, comfort, burdens and blessings.

Kids give us all that and much more.

Ask any parent.

Parenthood is like a diamond with so many facets. Most times it shines with such beauty you are awed and supremely grateful it is yours. And sometimes everyday living dulls the stone a bit.

I am ever so grateful for the warm relationship I have always maintained with my daughters. Even if they weren't related to me, I would think they are special.