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Patti Koltes

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Real Life © by Patti Koltes. Contact her at pkoltes@gmail.com.

Real Life – Renewed

When I read the March 2022 World Health Organization news release that based on their scientific study, in the first year of the COVID-19...

Real Life – Caught in the web

Like many people enduring pandemic restrictions, I developed a habit of unwinding in front of Netflix. This has continued even with the relative freedom...

Real Life – Getting into the game

Life is full of unintended consequences. When my parents enrolled me in an all-girls’ boarding school in 1964, it was unlikely, for their daughter, that...

Real Life – Fun in the Sun

Most days I wake up happy, just excited to be alive. But at times when my internal sun just seems to refuse to shine,...

Real Life – Pivot point

Though a close friend told me my plan sounded to her like a root canal, last week I went to a five year old’s...

Real Life – The slippery slope

This pandemic winter, I didn’t bother to saddle myself with a lengthy list of positive aspirations in the name of self-improvement. I kept my...

Real Life – Speaking in code

In childhood, my siblings and I played games fueled by imagination. Without the benefit of advanced technology, rather than plug into an alternate reality someone...

Real Life – Inbox

As I boxed up my Thanksgiving decorations in no particular order, only to discover the same jumble presents itself in the Christmas category, I...

Real Life – Baked Alaska

My husband John and I expressed ourselves through cooking before the concept of love languages was a thing. Neither of us had come from culinary...

Real Life – Pastime

When I originally started playing Candy Land with our granddaughter, she barely knew her colors, much less how to match the card she had...

Real Life – Just Ask

Home equipment malfunctions have tried my patience lately, but in the “tell me some good news” department, it’s also presented a creative opportunity to...

Real Life – Time Warp

I have been listening to a podcast called “Dolly Parton’s America.”  Although I enjoy country music when I am exposed to it, I have been...

Real Life – A liberal education

When I set off to college, my father inquired about the direction of study I would pursue. I declared an English major, to which...

Real Life – Finding the path

I have opined, wryly, that all roads lead to Naperville, but disaster and destruction are not what we usually are known for. Living in the...

Real Life – Better than Zoom

It hadn’t been seventeen years since I ventured to an unknown city, but emerging from tight pandemic protocols felt significant in the way that...

Real Life – Connected

The irony of reading a book called Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport is not lost on me. Starved for social contact due to pandemic restrictions,...

Real Life – Small joys

The Spathifyllum in our south window thrived for years when Sophie the Wonder Dog ruled the roost, and Clyde the cat made himself scarce...

Real Life – For the Record

When I was a child, my parents drove our family of five to Cape Cod for a vacation. They were likely hopeful that we would...

Real Life – Comfort food

The holiday glitz and greenery came down early this year. Their cheery efforts expended, they seemed, quite suddenly, out of place.  All I wanted to...

Real Life – Hotwheels

When the last of our children bought a first car at age 33, it became clear how much times have changed since when we...

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