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Discovering the secret to surviving another winter

December 16, 2012 Well, it’s just about over now. Heavy sigh. Relax. I’m not worried about any misinterpreted Mayan calendar silliness. I’ll see you on the 22nd. more »»

Mom filled with dread at thought of teenage years

December 9, 2012 Every year, just before the globe celebrates the most important birthday in the history of the universe, we commemorate another one that’s pretty special over here in Patty-Land. more »»

Reflecting on the meaning of the season

December 2, 2012 Here’s the thing about the first day of Advent, it’s always the purple Sunday. Well, actually, all of them are purple Sundays. Except for the third one. That one’s always pink. more »»

Amid holiday hubbub is a familiar routine

November 25, 2012 Oh, yes it is. It is exactly one month from today, people. Ready or not, here comes Christmas season. more »»

Always be prepared ... to leave your notes at home

November 18, 2012 Boy, do I like to have things in order. Oh, don’t get me wrong. more »»

By any calendar, it’s never too early to be thankful

November 11, 2012 It’s a little early by some standards but today, I am waxing grateful. more »»

Hallelujah, election season is almost over

November 4, 2012 It’s the fourth of November, people. The fourth. Do you realize what this means? No, I’m not counting down to Christmas yet or even Thanksgiving. more »»

Why does Halloween have to be about horror?

October 28, 2012 Well, well, well. Here we are again, friends. Wednesday is the big day. The day I wait all yearlong to arrive … so that it can quickly go away. Yep, it’s almost Halloween. I know. more »»

Perils, pitfalls and positives of being a Patty

October 21, 2012 You know, when I started writing for the Tribune Chronicle well over a decade ago, I decided to use my nickname instead of my formal name in my bylin. more »»

Spreading that contagion called compassion

October 14, 2012 At my day job, we recently held an awards ceremony honoring hospital employees who go to extraordinary lengths to show compassion to other. more »»

Coping with one of ‘those’ weeks and all it entails

October 7, 2012 I don’t know if it’s all the “Debate” debate or just the seasonal sinus pressure fogging my noggin this week, but it’s been a rough one. more »»

Coming up with that perfect comeback ... eventually

September 30, 2012 “You are an incredibly insensitive individual with compassion the size of a very small gnat. And by the way, I don’t care for that anatomically impossible suggestion, thank you very much. more »»

Trying to survive the dreaded election season

September 23, 2012 You know, I remember the last presidential election season like it was yesterday. In fact, even though I have tried to forget it, I cannot. Believe me, I’ve tried many, many times. more »»

September means back to the old (hectic) routine

September 16, 2012 Ah, September, back to cruel time. I mean, school! Back to school time ... yes, that’s what I was trying to say. Oh, fine, you got me. more »»

Remembering a day that cannot be forgotten

September 9, 2012 Eleven years and two days ago, the sun shone on a very dark day. It was the day that changed all of our lives forever. Sigh. When will Sept. more »»

Through good times and bad, marriage is a marathon

September 2, 2012 Depending on what time you read this today, it could just be the very moment 17 years ago when I traded in my surname of Marinucci for my current (and forever, btw) moniker of Kimerer. more »»

Lack of sleep is clearly a caffeine conspiracy

August 26, 2012 OK, by a show of hands, how many of you out there reading this are tired? Yep, me, too. Sigh … and yawn. more »»

Proud aunt is experiencing separation anxiety

August 19, 2012 So, the funniest thing happened yesterday. I asked my niece / goddaughter Kelly if she was interested in coming camping with us in a few weeks and she said, “I can’t Aunt Patty. more »»

Observations from an armchair Olympic judge

August 5, 2012 Ah, the Summer Olympics. I’m not sure what I love the absolute most about the games but anyone who knows me can tell you I’m one of those obsessive Olympic viewers. more »»



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