More From Patsy Pridgen

March 11, 2018

On a recent random weekday, my landline rang incessantly. Each time I looked at the caller ID, it would be an out-of-town number I didn’t recognize. Telemarketers. Have I fallen off the Do Not Call Registry, I wondered?

Out of curiosity and fed up with being interrupted – hey,…


March 04, 2018

I understand that sometimes situations have to get worse before they get better. But why has the Department of Transportation scheduled bridge building and road-widening projects at the same time on two of the main avenues I use? I feel as though I’m on an obstacle course these days when I…


February 25, 2018

When it’s a dreary winter weekend and you nevertheless go to the beach for a change of scenery, what do you find yourself doing? Eating! Especially if you’ve been forgoing many of your favorite fried foods in an effort to shed those leftover holiday pounds.

At least that was the case…


February 18, 2018

I recently spent a weekend in a condominium with no cable TV. We had televisions, two of them, but only a limited number of channels, brought to us by a small antenna device that sat alongside each set. Lacking an abundance of channels, I found myself watching something called MeTV, which features…


February 11, 2018

“Patsy, do you realize you have 14,482 emails?” my friend asked. She was checking for Wi-Fi connection or something like that for tech-challenged me and had seen this number somewhere on my iPhone. “You know you can delete these.”

“Sure,” I said defensively.…


February 04, 2018

You would think that a house with four walk-in bedroom closets would provide plenty of closet space for two people, right? Not if those two people are parents of three adult daughters who, despite having houses of their own now, still have the remains of their childhood and college years stashed…


January 28, 2018

If there’s anyone out there who thinks teachers are adequately paid, then that person hasn’t been stuck in the house this snowy January with a restless child (or children) whose school day has been canceled due to inclement weather.

I’m only the grandmother here, but I’ve…


January 21, 2018

Well, well, well, my girl Vivian Howard — owner of the popular restaurant Chef & the Farmer, star of the award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life,” and author of the coffee-table cookbook Deep Run Roots — has a new gig: she’s a correspondent for “CBS…

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January 14, 2018

I enjoyed reading the recent Telegram story about Marion Nellum, the local woman who won $1 million on a $10 Big Money Super Ticket she bought at the EP Mart on Benvenue Road.

I like that somebody from Rocky Mount purchased a winning lottery ticket in a store I’ve patronized. And I like that…

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January 07, 2018

December and January are so different in spirit. These two months marking the end of one calendar and the beginning of the next are as distinct as the years they end and usher in.

December is all about fun. We have vacation, decorations, parties, presents, and continuous Christmas music. Far-flung…

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