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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 suppose we could say...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 7, 2019

Thank you, Richard Allen Trask, for dedication and service

Recently, I had the distinct privilege to officiate the celebration of life service for Richard Allen Trask, who was 99 and some when he died. As I listened to the stories shared by his son and daught...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 3, 2019

Can't control others - only my response

It was a bad pain day. My usual “peopley” self was amped down a couple of notches. We had parked close to the front of a grocery store, and I made my way from the jeep to the door, wincing with...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 5, 2019

Man's voice echoes through family, community

“Family is everything.” Simple. Profound. Recently, I attended the celebration of life service for a man I didn’t know. Like many others, I felt as if I did “know” him because of his presenc...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Lifestyles    May 1, 2019

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, people have laid...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 3, 2019

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 those voices is...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    March 6, 2019

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 a funny Dad story;...

 

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 timeline. Maybe it’s...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 2, 2019

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 me. Permanently. I...

 

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 Gavin’s mom, and...

 

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 labeled as one of the...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 3, 2018

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 be seated, we...

 

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, coffee in hand,...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 5, 2018

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 they’ll go blind from the...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 1, 2018

'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 to keep the tears...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 3, 2018

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 from some pretty...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    May 6, 2018

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 earth. He was ready. We...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 1, 2018

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, medium and big stuff,...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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