Uncategorized Parade Festooning!

Parade Festooning!

This past Tuesday saw the 27th annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade! As I do every year, I festooned myself so that I could march with a friend running for office (the amazing Jason this year!) Yup! That is the top to my Wonder Woman Underroos that I am wearing over my UNION …

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Uncategorized 1939: Devil Dogs Motorcycle Club

1939: Devil Dogs Motorcycle Club

This past Saturday, we crammed about 15 people into our living room so we all could enjoy a viewing of Grease 2. Proper and polite as always, we reviewed the movie quietly as we pondered upon Stephanie’s wearing of pants as a way to assert her independence, Paulette’s insistence on pursuing Johnny despite his treatment …

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Uncategorized 1888 Ann Arbor Argus: GRAVEL FIGHT!

1888 Ann Arbor Argus: GRAVEL FIGHT!

My husband got his jury duty summons in the mail a few weeks ago. I’ve always wanted to be on a jury, but being a former lawyer pretty much guarantees that I will never be picked. Imagine, however, my delight to see that the Argus printed the names of its jurors for December! They included …

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Uncategorized Good Times, Bad Times

Good Times, Bad Times

I often say that if ever I write a memoir (and I will likely not because apparently, my genres are creative nonfiction and women’s fiction–didn’t know that!), I will call it Good Times, Bad Times. Because that is how my life usually operates–extreme highs and lows with the occasional stretch of mundane. Maybe everyone’s life …

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Uncategorized Patti Gets Musical!!

Patti Gets Musical!!

When one’s brain vacillates between super hyper let’s do it all plan it all do all the things to crushing despair that tells me I’ve never succeeded, never will succeed, should just give up…well, one has to keep oneself busy. One has to do stuff that makes one happy. This is not easy. I cannot …

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Uncategorized Speaking Up & Out

Speaking Up & Out

There is much to speak up and out about these days. Maybe there always has been. I have been trying to do my part. Two weeks ago, I went to the Northlands Storytellers’ Conference in Wisconsin. It was the first time I have returned to Wisconsin since my disastrous law school experience. I didn’t quite …

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Uncategorized Springtime in Ann Arbor

Springtime in Ann Arbor

An amazing history book once said something about how there is nothing like Ann Arbor in the springtime. Hahahahahaha! It’s funny ‘cuz I’m talking about my book ~ Order it please. Thanks! (I also have a food co-op history book that is still hanging out, waiting to be purchased at the co-op). But yeah I …

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Uncategorized Ann Arbor’s Algonquin Round Table

Ann Arbor’s Algonquin Round Table

I had dreams once. When I realized the Harper Lee thing probably wasn’t going to work out so well, I started casting about for something else. At some point I stumbled onto Dorothy Parker, who seems to always be described as a “legendary wit.” Why, yes, thought I. Let’s do that! Quickly I realized that …

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Uncategorized HERsay audio

HERsay audio

I haven’t gotten the pictures from HERsay yet (the one and only Kevin Sharp took them and they will be fabulous but we haven’t gotten it together yet, he and I). BUT, I do have audio. I turned on my phone recorder to pick up my “1984” story and turned it off right after. This …

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Uncategorized You Say It’s Your Birthday? It (was) My Birthday, Too!

You Say It’s Your Birthday? It (was) My Birthday, Too!

Decades ago, when I watched every single Kids in the Hall sketch (on videotape or DVD), there was a great bit called, “He’s Hip! He’s Cool! He’s 45!” Haha! Oh that’s funny, I thought. I’ll never be that old! Hahahaha! Yet here we are! As of 10:39pm on March 17th, I indeed became 45 years …

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