Author Archives: patsypridgen

Done with the Landline

Do you still have a landline in your home? With the number of telemarketing  and political calls I’m getting on mine, I’m seriously thinking of pulling the plug and throwing all five extensions in the trash. I’d have junked my … Continue reading

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It’s the King James Version for Me

As an adult, I go to church with either the Methodists or the Presbyterians, but a picture my sister sent me this week reminded me of my strong Baptist roots. Was anybody else once a member of Girls’ Auxiliary, or … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Schools

Last Wednesday was picture day at the small private school my three oldest grandchildren attend. I never thought, pre-COVID, I’d be so grateful to see this annual rite of the school year actually happen. You see, these Rocky Mount grandchildren … Continue reading

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Gardening, Books, and a Wedding

According to the Roman philosopher Cicero, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Food for the body as well as the brain, I guess. In this last month of official summer, I have both. … Continue reading

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

We left the car at the Battle Park lot off Falls Road, close to the site of the now removed Confederate Statue. Rather than take our usual eastward walk deeper into the park, though, this time my husband and I … Continue reading

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A July Yard

“Summer arrived in Narrow Creek, and my word, it was hot!” This is the first sentence of Chapter 9 in my debut novel Ms. Dee Ann Meets Murder, but Narrow Creek could be Rocky Mount right now. My word, it’s … Continue reading

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Speaking Out for the Silent Majority

I have never “felt the Bern.” But neither do I own a “Make America Great Again” hat. In other words, I’m not far left or far right. I’m a moderate, one who seeks the middle ground. And I suspect there … Continue reading

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A Life of Service

Maybe it was having lunch with a former colleague. Or maybe it was the “white privilege” comment hurled at me after a recent post when I dared express concern about a daughter’s iffy wedding plans. Whatever the cause, I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Culture

I’ve bought products before where the words on the packaging were all written in a foreign language….when I was in a foreign country. Not in the Food Lion in Banner Elk, North Carolina. I’m guessing hojas dobles de is Spanish … Continue reading

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Wedding Bell Blues

Dear Governor Cooper: Months ago, pre-coronavirus, my youngest daughter and her fiancé picked August 15, 2020, as their wedding date. As parents of the bride, my husband and I paid several thousand dollars in deposits. We secured a venue, wedding … Continue reading

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