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We should live in world where we lift each other up

There is a lot of ugliness in the world right now. It would be easy to blame social media, the times we live in, political unrest, and a host of other things. And as these things go... — Updated 4/30/2019

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Trying to embrace memories as a gift

Sometimes, we get weary. We all have those people that we can turn to (or run to depending on the situation) when the day-to-day grind overwhelms us. But, what do we do when one of... — Updated 4/2/2019

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Family that respects each other incredible gift

The Dad came up in conversation this past week, again. Since he daily dances through my mind, it isn’t a big leap to find him in a conversation. This time, it wasn’t because of... — Updated 3/5/2019

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Hoping we remember we belong to one another

I had a serious flashback a few days ago. I’m not sure how Facebook “knows” things, but Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are a Changin’,” (1964) popped up on my... — Updated 2/5/2019

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Hoping to honor Dad in coming year

So long, 2018. You were a tough one, taking The Dad from this world to the next. While there were many lovely things that happened throughout the year, that one event has changed... — Updated 1/1/2019

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Movie appeals to child-like hope that lives even in adults

I have a date with a nearly 5-year-old kiddo, my nephew Gavin. We are kicking off the holiday by watching “Elf” on the big screen. Rounding out this group of elf-watchers is... — Updated 12/4/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: What can just one person do? Love

Like most of the rest of the world, I was horrified when a man entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, shot and killed 11 people and wounded others. Squirrel Hill is... — Updated 11/7/2018 Full story

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Dad reflected in the eyes of a 4-year-old

Sometimes, you just need to see the world through the eyes of a 4-year-old. Recently, we met up with my 4-year-old nephew, Gavin, and his Nana Della for dinner. While we waited to... — Updated 10/2/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Stoop place of tranquility, reflection

I have a love/hate relationship with mosquitoes. They love me (apparently, I’m delicious) and I hate them. Weather allowing, we begin each day at Head Acres on the front stoop,... — Updated 9/2/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Savor gifts of little moments

My 4-year-old nephew Gavin picked out my toenail polish. I’m sporting a rather shocking, glaring pink polish. I’ve told people not to look directly at my toes, because... — Updated 8/4/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

'Dad' moments still take me by surprise

Onion rings did me in. Sitting in a local eatery, I skimmed over onion rings on the menu, and flashed to my dad. Cue the waterworks. I am not sure which was more difficult, trying... — Updated 6/30/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Gardens are works in progress

Playing in the dirt is good for the soul. The past several days have been a blur of activity at Head Acres. We have pulled weeds, dodged some nasty looking bugs, and ran screaming... — Updated 6/2/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

The Dad lives on in stories, memories

The silence is deafening. We lost my dad, Tom Dobson, on April 11. He was 80 years old, and filled with the same impish spirit that day, just like he was for his entire time on eart... — Updated 5/5/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Worrying too much wastes a lot of time

Worry is a beast. I grapple with the monster daily. I sweat the small stuff. The medium stuff. The big stuff. If there were a way to cram more in the cracks between the small,... — Updated 4/1/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 3/3/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 2/4/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 1/7/2018

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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 i... — Updated 12/3/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 11/4/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 10/2/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 9/3/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 8/7/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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... — Updated 7/2/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    News

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,... — Updated 5/7/2017

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices

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.... — Updated 4/2/2017

 

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