More from Pridgen

  • Readers are sure to have good stories to share

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | February 26, 2016 - 6:57pm

    I’ve recently received a couple of interesting letters from 86-year-old Bess Thibault.

  • Monday is just for Español

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | February 19, 2016 - 6:21pm

    We’re a motley crew: different ages, races, male and female, some employed and others retired.

  • Our state deserves earliest caucus date

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | February 12, 2016 - 4:55pm

    Here’s what I want to know: Who decided that Iowa always gets to go first?

  • I’m all about the Panthers

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | February 5, 2016 - 5:52pm

    For me, the main attraction of Super Bowl is usually a party where I can yak with the other wives while eating chili and hot wings, pausing long enough in these girly gabfests to watch the over-the-top commercials and the halftime extravaganza.

  • Busy, busy toddler is a handful of fun

    By Dr. Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | January 30, 2016 - 1:48am

    I haven’t checked recently to see what pre-school teachers and day care workers earn annually, but unless it’s in the six figures, it’s not enough.

  • Lottery winners see downside of jackpot

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | January 22, 2016 - 6:39pm

    The mega excitement is over. The winning numbers have been guessed.

  • Hipster play misses meaning of religion

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | January 15, 2016 - 6:32pm

    I should have done my homework. Instead I had looked no further than the hyped headlines “The Best Musical of This Century,” “A Crowning Achievement” and “Winner of 9 Tony Awards.”

  • Weather takes spirit out of the holiday

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | January 8, 2016 - 6:48pm

    I sit here on this last day of December 2015 in short sleeves and flip flops. O winter, where art thou?

  • Resolutions can be made at any time

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | January 2, 2016 - 11:57pm

    I guess it’s a sign of old age, but I don’t whoop it up on New Year’s Eve anymore.

  • Biltmore House has rags-to-riches past

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | December 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

  • Special moments add holiday cheer

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | December 18, 2015 - 5:23pm

    Throughout the joyful, festive season of Christmas, I watch for the little special moments that mark a particular year.

  • A little bit of this, a little bit of that

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | December 11, 2015 - 6:31pm

    One of my favorite columnists is 91-year-old A.C. Snow, who appears each Sunday in The News & Observer.

  • Advent offers time to practice patience

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | December 4, 2015 - 4:51pm

    It is the season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas when many Christians light the candles in the Advent wreath and prepare their hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

  • Privacy? Not much on party line

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | November 27, 2015 - 3:49pm

    A recent CBS report stated that about two-thirds of 8- to 18-year-olds own their own cellphone.

  • Giving thanks beyond Thanksgiving Day

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | November 21, 2015 - 1:39am

    It’s almost Thanksgiving, the holiday designated for being grateful for all of life’s blessings and abundance.

  • Different strokes for husbands and wives

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | November 13, 2015 - 11:14pm

    It’s 3 a.m. and my husband is leaving to drive 15 hours north to some place I’ve never heard of in Illinois. To go deer hunting.

  • Vietnam veterans deserve extra thanks

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | November 6, 2015 - 4:18pm

    A Rocky Mount Telegram headline caught my eye: “Photos of fallen heroes sought.” This recent article explained that pictures of three local soldiers killed in Vietnam are needed for the N.C. Moving Wall as well as an online memorial by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

  • Mountains’ scenery pales next to biscuits

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | October 30, 2015 - 2:02pm

    I just got home from my annual fall trip to the North Carolina mountains, the Asheville area, to be exact.

  • Halloween haunting pales next to real life

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | October 23, 2015 - 2:17pm

    With Halloween less than a week away, the spooky season is upon us.

  • Cable TV bill proves difficult to rein in

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | October 16, 2015 - 5:06pm

    If you decide, as I did recently, to phone your cable company, wade through voice mail jail, be placed on hold several times and then be quizzed by a salesperson labeled an account specialist, brace yourself.

  • Rain’s toll could have been worse

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | October 9, 2015 - 4:14pm

    Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.As you read these words, I the rain has, indeed, gone away and we once again are looking at sunny skies.

  • Statistics reveal true story of crime in city

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | October 2, 2015 - 9:25pm

    ‘A lady from Rocky Mount was in here the other day, and she told me the crime there is really bad.”I was out of sight behind a shelf of shoe boxes in an Emerald Isle store when I overheard this remark about my hometown.

  • Man’s best friend has friends among man

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | September 25, 2015 - 5:21pm

    Twenty-four hours after my anti-dog column, I had heard from only a handful of readers.“I’m NOT a dog lover either,” one person posted online.“I’m in total agreement with you,” wrote another. “Tired of all the tear up dogs have done to the house over the years.

  • If you’re out of my sight, you’re out of my mind

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | September 18, 2015 - 4:30pm

    As I grow older, one of the most awkward situations I find myself in occurs when I’m out and about and someone comes up to me, calls me by name and then says, “Don’t tell me you don’t know who I am.”“Don’t you recognize me?” this stranger will persist.

  • Dog lovers and Patsy are different breeds

    By Patsy Pridgen
    Life Columnist | September 11, 2015 - 9:35pm

    I know I may be inviting a lot of negative response here, but I have to admit it: I’m not a dog lover.