More From Patsy Pridgen

December 16, 2018

“That’s why young folks have ‘em,” I often say.

I’m talking about children. A recent three-day visit to help my daughter with her two preschool sons while their dad was away on business reinforced my belief that taking care of children full-time is not for the Medicare…


December 09, 2018

Be careful what you establish as a holiday tradition, I tell my young adult daughters. Your children will expect the same experience for the rest of their lives.

And yours.

I’m thinking of O Tannenbaum, for example. Years ago, I decided that one Christmas tree wasn’t enough. My family…


December 02, 2018

Because I believe in celebrating one holiday at a time, I don’t normally participate in anything related to Christmas until after Thanksgiving. No shopping for gifts or decorating early or attending any Christmas open houses for me until after turkey day.

This year, I made an exception.…


November 25, 2018

“Feng ____” read the crossword clue in a recent puzzle I was working.

Oh yeah, feng shui, the Chinese philosophy of creating harmony in your environment. In Googling how to spell the second word, I happened to see several articles on how to achieve feng shui in your home.

Maybe I need…


November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving is upon us, and it’s time for my annual list, both profound and trivial, of what I’m thankful for this year.

Let me begin by saying I realize I am blessed simply because I have enough to eat, a healthy family and a roof over my head. I truly believe I live in the greatest…


November 11, 2018

Being a fan of two-lane blacktops, I avoid driving on Interstate 95 whenever possible.

However, I throw caution to the wind ever so often when I hear the siren call of the Carolina Premium Outlets at Exit 95. There are so many stores there, I have to carefully choose which ones to visit in the five…


November 04, 2018

This is a tale of two young men blessed with talent but in two distinctly different areas. One is a musician; the other, an athlete. On a recent weekend, I was fortunate to see both perform — in different venues, of course.

In a decision to broaden my cultural horizons and support a very…


October 28, 2018

Sometimes it’s your turn for bad luck. Sometimes those high hurricane winds send a huge tree tumbling right onto the roof of your house. Yes, yours, not someone else’s this time.

Just ask my daughter and her husband. They were in their new house only days before elements of Hurricane…


October 21, 2018

It may not have been a big deal to city kids, but when I was growing up in Edgecombe County, the annual Rocky Mount Fair was an event we country bumpkins looked forward to each fall.

Oh, there was the big dance in Raleigh, the State Fair that some were lucky enough to attend, but the local fair was…


October 14, 2018

After years of telling myself it was a service I didn’t need, I finally joined the more than 100 million other consumers who’ve been lured by such features as movies on demand and free two-day shipping.

I signed up for Amazon Prime.

Before my trip to the Tuscany region of Italy, I…

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