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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Patti Koltes

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

Real Life – The time of our lives

In our early thirties, we bought our first family home, a two-bedroom two-bath ranch. I am sure we gave the veteran residents pause. It did...

Real Life – Siloed no more

A trip to the store can be a bore, unless you have a six-year-old for company.  My granddaughter and I made a stop after school...

Real Life – Marching on

It may be a mere fifteen degrees out there, but the hyacinths and daffodils are pushing through the mulch. Robins are hopping, I have...

Real Life – Bouncing back

Writing the annual holiday letter forces me to pause at the busiest time of the year and take stock of what has unfolded over...

Real Life – Treasure

A tiny gift came tucked into a Christmas card from my sister this past December. When I plugged the flash drive into my laptop,...

Real Life – An intentional holiday

If you plant a deciduous tree, it becomes obvious that you will need to rake leaves—but when it comes to accumulating holiday-related purchases, their...

Real Life – Making Magic

Resolving to make the most out of the last warm days this season, I optimistically signed up for a late October golf event—and as...

Real Life – A link in the chain

Twenty years ago, when our youngest son was doing what teens do, and disengaging from us, I dreamed up a multi-step project he and...

Real Life – Life is but a dream

Assembling our much-expanded family under one roof in the Adirondack Mountains on Lake George, NY was the actualization of a life dream. Three generations gathered...

Real Life – Smoke gets in your eyes

Humans have a rich history with fire, though a more checkered relationship with smoking. The Marlboro Man was larger than life, as were jingles related...