More From Patsy Pridgen

February 24, 2019

Ah February, Cupid’s month.

Maybe you’re still picking through your Valentine’s Day box of chocolates from your significant other, searching for the peanut butter cream — or maybe you’re still looking for Mr. Right or Ms. Wonderful.

I’ve been married almost 42…


February 17, 2019

Maybe it was because I referred to the Holy Hope Heritage Center, owned by the family of Councilman Andre Knight, as “Andre’s Church.” Or maybe it was the picture I posted of the structure sitting in the middle of the parking lot of the Rocky Mount Event Center, a fact I labeled…


February 10, 2019

Since becoming Medicare eligible, I’ve encountered an agency even more difficult to deal with than the cable company: the Social Security Administration.

Correspondence is confusing, and the wait to talk to a real person on the phone is punishing.

I’d been looking forward to turning 65…


February 03, 2019

Braswell Memorial Library called. A book I requested is in, being held for me to pick up. I’ll go today, I decide. I need a trip to downtown Rocky Mount.

I need a trip downtown to calm and reassure myself after a second Monday afternoon spent observing a City Council meeting about the city…


January 27, 2019

“Area residents pack chambers during meeting” read the headline in Tuesday’s Rocky Mount Telegram. I was one of those in the overflow crowd, sacrificing my Monday afternoon to wait out a City Council that quickly adjourned to a closed session.

Unless you’ve been living under…


January 20, 2019

It’s January and judging by the crowd at the local Planet Fitness, a popular New Year’s resolution must have been “go to the gym.”

I wish some of these people had added “actually work out while at the gym.”

You see, it’s been my observation that lots of…


January 13, 2019

“How many of you have been to Key Weird before?” the park ranger asked only half-jokingly.

My husband and I, along with our friends, were touring the Zachary Taylor Fort in Key West, Florida, on this next to last day of December. Learning about the history of this southernmost fort was…


January 06, 2019

Today I patronized one of my favorite institutions in Rocky Mount, Braswell Memorial Library.

It was a quick dash to return a book, “Nine Perfect Strangers,” which was due and had a waiting list. I’m a bit of a nerd about obeying library due dates because I really appreciate free…


December 30, 2018

‘Twas four days before Christmas, when all through the house, not one light was burning, not even a … bulb in a Christmas tree, lamp or ceiling fixture.

Furthermore, the refrigerator wasn’t humming, the heat pump had quit and the computers and television were on the blink.



December 23, 2018

Adding something new to my holiday calendar, I spent a Saturday in early December attending the 2018 Christmas Homes Tour sponsored by DERP.

That’s the Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation group, but don’t let the word Enfield fool you; by the time I toured the six featured…

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