Blacking Out

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher The term “blackout” has meant many things for me throughout the years.  Blackout curtains comes to mind instantly, as I recently purchased some new curtains for our bedroom, and Mr. Kaminski insisted that they be “blackout” curtains.  How he knew such a thing...

Change is Good – Except for Computers

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher Typically, I embrace change.  I feel change is progressive, something to look forward to.  That’s all fine and dandy, until my technology or my ride changes.  Those changes I absolutely cannot abide by. Take my beloved Bonita for instance.  I have had her 10 years...

Thirty Years of Bliss, and Three Words of Wisdom

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher Nearly 11,000 days or 360 months.  That’s how long I’ve been married to Mr. Kaminski this week.  Any way you look at it, that’s a minute – and yes, it’s gone by in a flash. This passing of time thing is a slippery slope.  Last month, we were married.  Last...

Dog Days of Spring Break

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher Life is just full of surprises – right?  Of course, the word “boring” has never been used to describe me or the life I’ve been blessed to live.  The concept is just not in my wheelhouse.  I tend to liken myself to picante sauce: a bit chunky with a little heat...

Meeting Leading Medicine’s New Leader: CEO Michael Garcia

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher There’s a new kid on the block at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (HMSL). It’s the new Chief Executive Officer Michael Garcia.  After Chris Siebenaler’s 17-year stint as the CEO, Garcia is taking the reins of the ever-expanding, state-of-the-art medical...

West Texas Wanderings

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher A couple of summers ago, Lisa Ann and I ran away from home.  Granted, we didn’t realize at the time that was our intention, but as circumstances allowed, that’s precisely what happened. Lisa Ann had to go to San Antonio on business, so naturally I tagged along, which...

The Dark Side of Romance

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher The older I get, the more I appreciate the dark – or at least extraordinarily dim lighting.  I tend to appreciate the nuances of not being able to see much, especially my own reflection.  It’s all because I look AMAZING in the dark.  I know it’s true because Mr....

Weight Loss 101: The Glossary

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher Well, I’ve finally done it.  I’ve enrolled in a “program.”  Now I know what you’re thinking:  It’s not AA.  It’s a program to get rid of these final 20 extra pounds that have stuck to me like the smell of cheap perfume for nearly two years now. Granted...

The Mousetrap

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher It appears that I have a rodent issue.  Now this is not breaking news; this has been an ongoing issue for a while now. I also have an issue with slightly damaging things.  Mr. Kaminski says “break.” I prefer a more genteel description as befitting a Southern...

Winter Wisdom

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher This wild, wacky winter weather – at least according to literally every meteorologist in the state of Texas – is on my nerves.  Or maybe it’s the frigid freeze forecast or the bone-chilling blizzard blast.  Either way, I am over the hype. The cold I really don’t...

Privacy in Purchasing

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher I don’t advertise my purchases.  I have a job, and my credit cards work; therefore, I feel a limited at best obligation to share my shopping soirees with Mr. Kaminski.  Sure, there are times when I will provide cursory details to the money man, but all in all, I keep...

Embracing the Different

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher I’m different.  I’ve always known that. Mother always said I was “special,” but I know that’s code for odd.  I like things that most people don’t.  I certainly wear things that most people won’t.  I read things that most people would absolutely refuse....

A Pioneer Christmas

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher Literally since 1865 when New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley coined the phrase, “Go West, young man,” heading toward the Pacific and all parts in between has been a desired destination.  But I’m here to tell you despite it being 2023, this life in the West...

The Holiday Hustle

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher I understand that despite the concept that math is hard, there is a finite number of days in a year – 365 to be exact.  I also understand that 359 days in each and every year, the same thing happens:  Christmas.  What I don’t understand is despite that fact that I...

Christmas Champions: Ho, Ho Happy!

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher December has only just begun, and the joy of Christmas is already well underway!  I’ve heard a lot from my friends about their Christmas wishes – time with family and friends, a new household appliance (I question that), a break from the daily grind (I get that),...

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