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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 »»

Hope can be found even in the darkest of times

July 29, 2012 I hate to admit it, I really do, because I am generally a very happy, upbeat person. But some days even I don’t feel like smiling. more »»

The complicated mathematics of bad luck

July 22, 2012 It’s a simple sentence really. There are, however, slight variations depending on factors such as the person ushering the line or the situation being referenced. more »»

Spending a summer day on Ohio’s Roller Coast

July 15, 2012 Even if you’re only marginally familiar with my little column — you likely know where I stand on the matter of Cedar Point. Inside of it. As often as is humanly possible. more »»

Glimpses of a columnist’s life in the fast lane

July 8, 2012 You know, having a weekly column is quite an honor. I mean, it’s every writer’s dream, really. more »»

The case of the disappearing, screaming mom

July 1, 2012 It’s been quite a week for big news, hasn’t it? Especially in our nation’s capital. First, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. Hm. more »»

‘Sell By’ dates worth the decoding education

June 24, 2012 You know how there’s that whole “Sell By” date on so many food products these days? Well, I recently learned — the hard way — that those are much more than mere suggestion. more »»

Reviewing Dad’s rules for life on Father’s Day

June 17, 2012 Father’s Day is one of those days of poignant introspection, nostalgia — and humongous belly laughs, natch. At least in our neck of the woods. more »»

Take time to slow down, in spite of life’s hectic pace

June 10, 2012 I know you can’t see me and all — except for that exceptionally scary mugshot off over to the side there — but if you could, it probably wouldn’t take you long to realize that I’m a very bad relaxe. more »»

Aunt Patty’s words of wisdom for graduates

June 3, 2012 I can hardly believe what I witnessed yesterday afternoon. It was shocking … at least to me. more »»

Facebook can be hazardous to your marriage

May 27, 2012 I tried to tell you this before, but you just don’t listen to me. Oh, I’m sorry, for a second I was getting you folks confused with my pre-teen son. And his never-wrong father. Hmpf. more »»

Middle-school dance sends Mom into panic mode

May 20, 2012 When you first become a mother, 18 bajillion thoughts simultaneously flood your brain. more »»

A secret society reveals what makes it the best

May 13, 2012 There is a secret society. more »»

In the midst of baby fever, a reminder that time flies

May 6, 2012 I’m not sure what’s in the water in the little corner of Stark County which houses my day job, but I swear, every seventh gal I know there is expecting. more »»

A day sent by Murphy turns out to be A-OK

April 29, 2012 I never met this “Murphy” character whose laws are so very infamous. But the dude just ain’t right. And the other day, I found myself right in the middle of a day that he clearly designed. more »»

Making the best out of the unexpected

April 22, 2012 You know when you take a big gulp of cola — only to find out it’s root beer? And you taste buds are all, “Blech, ew! Why didn’t you warn me that was coming? I was not expecting that!” That’s how I... more »»

Evicting the critters to get ready for camping

April 15, 2012 And so it begins: Kimerer Camping 2012. more »»



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