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 By Patti Dobson    Voices    March 4, 2018

Be the helpers; kids need to see it

I’m a big fan of Mr. Rogers. As a kid, I thought he was a wise and kind man. As an adult, I still think he was a wise and kind man. And he wore a cardigan well. I believe in the power of kindness....


Souperbowl a work of the heart

Are you ready for the … Souperbowl? Souperbowl of Caring had a humble beginning, back in 1990 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Under the guidance of a seminary...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 7, 2018

Baking good for troubled spirit, loss for words

Sometimes, words fail. It’s messy and uncomfortable when the words we generally find so much comfort in fail us … or fail a situation. And at times, there are no words to adequately express how...


Imperfections make holidays memorable

The holidays can bring out the best — and worst — in people. By people, I mean me. And by worst, I mean one goofy move after another. All in the name of perfection. Perfection is a double-edged sw... Full story


Angels on 'earth duty' make life a little sweeter

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impression. I had an unexpected, yet welcome, surprise one recent week. A few of them, actually. As it turns out, each of these surprises...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 1, 2017

Our community has great heart

In recent weeks, we’ve seen hurricanes, floods, fires and other assorted misfortunes. All catastrophic to be sure. Yet, in the midst of these events, we see people shine. It takes a village. The wor...


Area comes together as one family in painful times

Sometimes, there are no answers. No matter how hard we try to figure things out or to understand, we simply can’t answer the “why” behind things that happen. Because we’re of the human...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 6, 2017

Celebrating a miracle by name of Dad

August is “Celebrate 80 Years of Tom Dobson” month. Well, at least it is in my house. My dad, who is a fighter in every sense of the word, will turn 80 on Aug. 31. In normal circumstances, this...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 2, 2017

Every day is a gift; celebrate it

Grief is a fickle beast. It’s a lot like the ocean creeping back during high tide. There’s an ebb and flow; one minute the sea is calm, and the next you’re engulfed. There isn’t a right or...

 By Patti Dobson    News    May 7, 2017

Keep your near, dear ones close

Sometimes the past sneaks up on you, in all its bittersweet glory. As a fresh-behind-the-ears adult, I lived at Edwards Air Force Base in California. I was incredibly homesick, lonely and missed my...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 2, 2017

Grateful for Dad, and we rise up

My dad has the heart of a warrior. I have been reminded of that throughout my life with him; we’re talking decades. He has had more than one doctor say he’s a medical miracle. When each medical...

 By Patti Dobson    Voices    March 5, 2017

Love shines when you let the past go

It’s an odd time of year, that space between winter and spring. Heavy. Dreary. Sleepy. Cold. My garden, usually the go-to place to dig, to think things through, to “be” in creation, is dark....


Look for good in the world

I believe in the goodness of people. Even now when the world seems flipped on its axis, the goodness of people shines through the darkness. The view from the cheap seats is pretty good. Case in...


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