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Patti Koltes

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

Real Life – Spark Joy!

I profess the desire to declutter, yet a shelf full of books on the subject has fallen short. Not to be deterred, I added...

Real Life – Trainers and Heels

The first time I realized that I had a competitive athletic streak was during Field Day in elementary school.  Small for my age, and more...

Real Life – Wintertide

Cabin fever came early this year. I am doing what I can to buck up. I don’t remember feeling this way as a kid, most...

Real Life – Avocado toast

In the dark, short days of winter, after resolutions have been made and often broken, comfort food beckons. For me, it evokes the aroma...

Real Life – Let is shine

If consideration for others could be wrapped as a holiday gift, I would willingly brave Chicago winds to distribute it far and wide.  Available to...

Real Life – Perking up

Somehow this summer got away from me. I suspect I am not alone. There were plans. Some were physical goals. Others were recreational. Others still...

Real Life – It’s complicated

“Where are you from?” and “What do you do?”, two of the most common questions posed during polite conversation, are easy openers. I, however,...

Real Life – A fish story

I’ve never given much consideration to fish, or so I thought. After looking over my husband’s photos from a recent angling trip, however, it...

Real Life – A bottle day

When I awakened to the thermometer trumpeting sixty-six degrees, plus observed no moisture dripping down my windows, I enthusiastically threw cushions onto our patio...

Real Life – Three days of solitude

From my upstairs porch rocker, I watch the world awaken. Seemingly endless rain has rendered the yard muddy, the air sodden. A small frog, unfazed...

Real Life – Take Two

After years of homelessness, our long-unused dog stroller found its place, hanging in a closet, well out of sight. What satisfaction we felt! One small...

Real Life – Chill

Though scores of us like to fuss about this protracted winter, personally it has been marvelous for chipping away at those jobs I ignore...

Real Life – Big trip, small world

When a much-anticipated educational trip we had booked many months ago was cancelled due to political unrest, my disappointment was intense. Midwestern winters being what...

Real Life – Noble truths

One afternoon many decades ago, we visited my husband’s elderly grandmother, Mimi. Mimi wistfully reminisced that in her busy younger life, she had set...

Real Life – Alley Cats

On a recent Sunday, my husband and I joined a worldwide group over 90 million strong. Much to the amusement of people who know...

Real Life – Transformers

I am one of those people who writes Christmas letters. Some years are more eventful than others, but with the birth of our first...

Real Life – Pie

Cooking from scratch was rare during my childhood. Perhaps my parents, reared on produce from Victory Gardens and chickens raised in the back yard,...

Real Life – Animal planet

Although it was never my intention to deter our grown children from the joys of home ownership, our many domestic adventures may be cautionary...

Real Life – Just a little bit

To mark a recent, momentous milestone, I received a darling book titled “Letters to My Grandchild.” It is full of prompts, one of which...

Real Life – Lobster salad and little neck clams

An impromptu plan to celebrate our son’s birthday in upstate New York required a flight for us, and a bus ride for Jesse and...

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