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 By Patti Dobson    Voices 

Faith: Memories linger, so I am never walking alone

And just like that, the orb weavers are back. Maybe it wouldn’t have been such an unpleasant … surprise … if there had been some sort of warning. A little “you hoo, I’m... — Updated 8/3/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: We should take the time to fill our own empty spaces

Today is one of those days where “adulting” seems overrated. Loads of chores, loads of tasks, loads of laundry. The list is never-ending. It would be a lot more fun to ditch... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Everything has a purpose, even jumping spiders

At Head Acres, if I sit on the stoop long enough, all sorts of critters will make their way past my hangout spot. I’ve seen foxes, families of deer, badgers (not as friendly as... — Updated 6/1/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Moments, memories keep me connected to my history

Gardening is going great so far. Out of the 60-80 bulbs planted, I have a whopping total of one dahlia peeking its head out of the soil. One. So, I wait. Truth is, there is a lot... — Updated 5/4/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Garden's magic lies in scattering seeds of love

As much as the time change messes with me, I love the extra daylight. My first thought, always, is that it’s time to plant, followed by “if you plant before Easter, you’ll... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Memories are patches in exquisite quilt of life

I’m being dogged by memories. Maybe it’s because we’re closing in on the three-year mark of Dad exchanging earth for heaven. Maybe we just snapped so many photos of him doing... — Updated 3/2/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Here's hoping I do those who've served proud

I’ve been thinking a lot about honor lately. For the past little bit, I’ve been training for a marathon — 26.2 miles. (It’s OK to laugh; I do when I think about what I’m... — Updated 2/2/2021


Let go in 2021 and find your new adventure

In the wee hours, 2021 quietly landed, full of promise and new adventures. Watching the ball drop while dogs and husband slept (snored), I let go of the old while embracing the... — Updated 1/16/2021

 By Patti Dobson    News

Dobson: Hard choice, but better to lose burdens that aren't ours

Recently, I saw an illustration from Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. Initially drawn in by the beautifully illustrated birds, it was the accompanying statement that produced one of... — Updated 12/1/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: A lot of lessons we can learn from rescues

Snoring. All around me, snores are punctuated by little yips and growls. When I try to move my right arm so that I can type a little easier, I’m met with grunts and a giant paw fo... — Updated 11/3/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Maybe there'd be less hate if we remembered we're all connected

One of my favorite events on the church calendar happened this past weekend, World Communion Sunday. This celebration crosses denominations as people put aside their differences to... — Updated 10/6/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Memories of Dad help me in the face of difficulties

My dad’s birthday slipped by quietly this week. He would have been 83. I spent the day before his birthday doing the same thing I’ve done for decades. I baked him a cake.... — Updated 9/1/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Lots of love, laughter and baked goods in my family

Gavin the Wonder Kid has joined the world of kid messenger. I didn’t know such a thing existed until a neon green oozy background popped up on my phone, and The Dad’s mini me... — Updated 8/4/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Opinion: 'May his memory be a blessing'

Last week, the community came together to help a family locate their elderly relative, Bob Casey, who had gone missing. Sadly, Casey was found several days later, deceased. The... — Updated 6/30/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Opinion: Reminder from Charlie to live in love

I’ve been thinking a lot about Charlie Broz lately. The most recent occurrence involved a kitchen incident and a chunk of salmon that may or may not have caught fire. As I was... — Updated 6/2/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Opinion: Wearing masks isn't about fear but responsibility

People wear masks when they mow the lawn, work on home projects, refinish furniture, when they paint. All in the name of safety. So, what’s the big deal about wearing a mask now?... — Updated 5/5/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Opinion: Church isn't the building - church is us

The church has left the building. Simple yet profound. But church isn’t about the building. Don’t get me wrong — I love my church, Westminster Presbyterian in Clovis. It’s... — Updated 4/11/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Opinion: We'll get through this time of uncertainty together

These are the moments that define us. We’re all doing the best we can navigating our way through this new normal of “shelter-at-home.” It’s an uncertain time, and that can... — Updated 3/31/2020 Full story

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Don't let worry waste the moments of your life

I love lists. I especially love lists when accompanied by color-coded sticky notes. Sometimes, however, even the best-laid plans complete with lists and sticky notes can fall... — Updated 3/3/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Partnership isn't about effort alone

I never really agreed with the whole “marriage is 50-50” thing. Thinking about it, I probably thought it meant that a marriage is an equal partnership, hence the 50-50. But... — Updated 2/4/2020

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Let's see what we can make happen, 2020

Hello, 2020. You snuck up on me. I knew you were on the way; but I still haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, and here you are, nipping at my heels. I haven’t processed 2019,... — Updated 12/31/2019

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

About a million wishes for the holiday season

I have about a million wishes for this holiday season. Big ones and small ones. As I watch Christmas movies filled with sugar plum fairies and dancing snowflakes, I wish I didn’t... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Grateful I grew up before social media

I’m glad I grew up in a time before social media. A lot of my “stupid people tricks” happened outside the scope of cell phones or easy-access cameras. While these stunts may... — Updated 11/5/2019

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Even in the midst of loss and sorrow, love remains defines a ‘dork’ as: a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit. If we’re truthful, we’ve all... — Updated 10/1/2019

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Instead of lashing out, reach out with love

Some things just don’t make sense. Oysters, for example. I can’t imagine who might have cracked open one of those “delicacies” and thought eating it was a good idea. I... — Updated 9/3/2019


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