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 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: August means double helping of memories

I’ve been thinking about my dad more so than usual. Probably because it’s August, his birth month. August has always been a time of celebration because of my dad’s birthday. I... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Ailing dog keeps living in the present

Patchie, a beautiful white and black heeler, is our resident grouch. We’ve had her almost 10 years and she was probably about 2, give or take, when we found each other. Like so... — Updated 7/5/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Hoping toads, frogs will come back for a sprinkle or two

June … it’s June. Usually by now, the toads and frogs are back.  It’s oddly quiet out here at Head Acres. I don’t know if it’s because it’s so dry or if there’s some... — Updated 5/31/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Hats off to my new adventure in Tucumcari

Hats off to new adventures. My husband Wayne and I officially began a new chapter, answering a call to serve as commissioned pastors of First Presbyterian Church in Tucumcari.... — Updated 5/3/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Thankful for every bit of grace - given and received

“Grace isn’t your middle name.” I heard that a lot growing up, mostly after I had landed in a messy heap doing something that ended badly. The nursery rhyme from the 1800s... — Updated 4/4/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Working in the garden is good for the spirit

Three weeks and counting. Spring 2022. It cannot get here soon enough. I’m ready to trade the darkness of winter for more daylight, more warmth. We can already see the ground... — Updated 3/1/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Godspeed to my dear friend Lonzo Lassiter

There’s quiet, and then there’s quiet. The first kind is expected. Really, I enjoy quiet like that because I can use the solitude to get a lot done before the noise of the day... — Updated 2/1/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Glad for the angels who popped into my life in 2021

So long, 2021. You went out with a bang, literally. The cacophony of fireworks and gunshots began about 8:30 and continued until well after midnight, sending the dogs into an hours-... — Updated 1/4/2022

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Got (spiritual) visits from two of my favorite people this Thanksgiving

I had a Charlie moment over Thanksgiving. Chef Charlie Broz was my go-to guy for all things “meat” (really, all things cooking). If I had a cooking question, I’d either shoot... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Reflecting a little bit on gratitude these days

Walking into November, I have been reflecting on gratitude. I give myself a gratitude tuneup a couple of times a year. This year, I’m finding that gratitude is much easier when... — Updated 11/2/2021

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Hoping lost kitten will return to its flock

A not-so-funny thing happened on the way home from Walmart on Sunday morning. Heading down Wilhite, a teeny head popped out of a culvert. It was a kitten, white with gray tabby... — Updated 10/5/2021

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Got my sweet tooth and my love of walking from Dad

“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” — Zig Ziglar Smart man, that Zig. I grew up with a version of that thought, long before I... — Updated 8/31/2021

 
 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

 

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