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Patty Kimerer column

Just a girl missing her dad as he sends signs

Well, it’s here. The day I’ve been dreading for exactly one year. It is the anniversary of the day my Pop died. Anniversary doesn’t seem like the right word to use, does it? That generally connotes happy feels, no? That ain’t any part of today, yo. It’s been, all at once, an ...

Best big brother’s birthday? Better believe it

Do you know what Wednesday was? Well, yes, Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Let the fish fry and pierogi sessions commence! It also happened to mark the one-year anniversary of my gig at my day job. And what a sweet little situation it is. My work peeps are fab, and I’m ...

Searching for fulfillment in a frozen February

Ah, February. For me, it’s such a complicated calendar contribution, ’kay? First of all, the whole there’s that whole “not enough days”-ness of it. Who the heck decided that and why? I’m missing something here. In fact, we all are — like a couple of earth axis rotations. Except ...

Wanted: Area columnist seeks happiness hacks

I’m a happy person. Really. Ask around. I’m a smiler. A hugger. A well-wisher. I’m the say-“I-love-you”-before-hanging-up-with-fam girl. Every. Single. Time. I’m also a world-class empathizer. I’m seriously all about the other humans, especially the ones in my particular ...

Pandemic Phil — the root cause of 2020

One of my favorite episodes of “Sex and the City” is the one after Aidan and Carrie break up and he moves out. Oooh, speaking of SATC, are you aware that it’s getting a reboot and there will be a third movie? WOOT WOOT! Naturally, the good news comes with a touch of scandal, that being ...

Could be the election, or a just a mom funk

Hello, one and all. How’s it going for you on this particular January morning? Um, wait, what was that? I’m sorry. I promise you that I’m genuinely interested in your answer. In fact, I’d love nothing more than to focus on your feels. I truly would. It’s just that I’m rather ...

2020 continues to keep us in its clutches

Well, we’re two weeks deep. Whatcha thinking? Yeah, me, too. Meh. For all intents and purposes, as they say. Oh and hey, BT dubs, why do they say that? I mean, if you’ve got to preface a statement with “For all intents and purposes,” are you just assuming a certain level of distrust ...

Blood sucker doesn’t make MTHFR any fun

Quick shout out to the demon with the yellow eyes, venomous fangs and forked tongue moonlighting as a phlebotomist at my local lab. BT dubs, you may want to invest in a more appropriate disguise, er, I mean uniform? I’m thinking a smile and some scrubs might play a little better with the ...

Don’t let January take away the holiday joy

Well, that’s it. It’s all over, done. Terminado. Kaput. Finito. Sigh. You know how, toward the end of “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie laments how the Bumpus Hounds robbed the Parkers not only of Christmas dinner but also so much more after they burst into the kitchen and devoured — or ...

If 2020 was a house, it would be condemned

Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah, hey HEYYYYYY, GOODBYE! I challenge you to find a single Homo sapien living on this big round ball who isn’t over the flipping moon that this year is ending. Show of hands? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Zippo. It would be so easy to 2020 all over the ...

Now come on, you all knew this was coming

You knew it was coming. Well, that is, if you’ve been reading the contents in this space with any consistency over the past... oh, man, I’ve been blessed to be writing this little blurb for quite a while. How long? I’m pretty old and all. ... Uh, lemme think. Let’s see now, Kyle was ...

Front teeth, check. Vacuum, you better check out

Sure, we’re all familiar with the classic song about the little feller, presumably recently visited by the Tooth Fairy, who just wants his two main incisors as a present this year. You know, Spike Jones & His City Slickers’ 1948 seasonal smash “All I Want for Christmas is My Two ...

Who needs sleep when you can have a son

Can you remember what you were doing 21 years ago right now? I can. I was just trying to get some sleep. I clearly remember spending the better part of the day simply seeking shut eye. I hadn’t snoozed in a year (almost), so I was tickled blue (wait for it) that a little catnip got pumped ...

Scary shopping season’s shocking sales start

There’s so much I’ve never understood about the utter insanity known as Black Friday shopping. First of all, why do they call it that? Hmm. I wasn’t certain, so I did a little digging. Apparently, it’s widely attributed to the notion that retailers use the date to slash their ...

Take the time to thank all your lucky stars

We all know we should exude it. We’ve all heard it about a gazillion times. We understand that it is, without exception, the right thing to have. An attitude of gratitude. Hmm. This zippy little year called 2020 certainly has put the concept to the test, to be sure. For so many ...

Despite coming second to last, November is great

November is pretty impressive for a month that comes in second to dead last, am I right? Lots of people like the 11th month best. Well, many people; okay, like four. This is probably because there are some undeniable detractors for the poor, put-upon month. For instance, this year it ...

PK’s trippin’ over love letter gone awry, yo

I’m not going to lie. I feel more beat up than a Philadelphia-based poll worker counting votes last Thursday afternoon, you dig? Oops, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to slip in that “you dig.” In fact, the only thing I’m considering digging these days is a hole. A really big one. So I ...

Friends would have us hardly working at WFH

WFH. Now there’s an acronym I’ve only recently become familiar with hearing and using. WFH — work from home. It’s not a novel concept, mind you. For eons, lots o’ companies all over this big blue rock — huge corporations and even teeny weeny Ma-and-Pa type shops — have ...

Manners apply to everyone — even candidates

As luck would have it, I happened to be working on a little sumthin’ sumthin’ at my day job this week as it relates to email and telephone decorum. Given our status of not being able to touch the other humans with a 10-foot pole these days, it seemed only fitting to shoot off a few ...

This year’s election setting: ‘Typhoon Tumble’

“You know it. I know it ... and the American people know it.” Eagle-eyed readers will recognize that phrase as a favorite go-to line of Bob Dole. You remember Bob Dole, right? He used to be kind of a big deal. A retired American politician, statesman and attorney, he served in both the ...