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“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Welcome to the Neighborhood

(February-June UPDATES AT BOTTOM OF THIS MESSAGE)

My name is Patti Hall, nice to meet you! Please introduce yourself in the “comment” section of any post on this site. Except for an occasional glitch, I reply to every comment and visit every blog.

Like most everyone else around this blog world, I’m a writer. I write to engage, entertain, and encourage. I write to embrace and enjoy this thing we call life.

My interests are all over the place and I try to add innovative, interesting and helpful posts on the following topics: writing, publishing, non-fiction (memoir), fiction, poetry, photography, grieving, care-giving (of ill, injured or dying loved ones), social media, positive world news, and a bit of light journal-like news about me and my family. My other loves, gardening and genealogy, usually manage to sneak in here too.

Part of who I am today is defined by the recent losses in my life. I lost (still looking for him) my perfect fit, by way of leukemia, in 2009, my feline pal since 1997, in 2010, my fun and loving sis in 2012, one of my precious grands (age 3) in April 2013, and a special aunt in Oct 2013. One of the reasons I’m writing, is to find my way through this heavy load of grief, to the other side that is joy. In doing so I try to enlighten myself and others along our path through grief.

Today I’m a 55-year veteran of this life. I ran away from home, in the winter of 2010, to a little fishing/tourist/beach town on the Washington Coast. This is where I am still living…content for now.

And here you’ve found me at “The Write Place to build a community.” I brought along my friends and family and we welcome you and yours to come along with us on this journey. It’s sometimes sad here, mixed with my own brand of humor, and always a place of truth, stories and beauty (I play at photography).

Of course, I do swish the truth around a little in my poetry and children’s adventure stories.

I take everyone with me as I get my writing act together and start publishing. I’m currently working on a 3-part memoir series and a serialized short from the middle book. On the site, I include my commentary on worldly news, a bit of my daily grind, and writerly tips as I find them. Sometimes I join one of the photography or writing prompts or challenges.

Update 4 Feb 2014: I’ve been in Alaska (since 2 Jan) caring for my folks while mom recovers from hip replacement surgery. My ticket home is dated May 15, but I’m in a mad long distance romance with a man in Washington and expect to return home long before May. Writing memoir and “Postcards” is on hold for a bit. Please stay tuned.

Update 6 April 2014: My new !boyfriend! picked me up at the Seattle airport on March 10th and we spent a wonderful 2 weeks together at his home in the beautiful mountainous rain forest of Packwood. Even love couldn’t postpone my need to see my children and my little grands, and my beach cave, Maggie. I’m home for doctor and dentist appointments, but hope to reunite with my guy soon. Please note the new tab for the A-Z April Challenge below.

Update 3 May 2014: Added to sidebars; my Facebook page link and mission statement for this blog.

I’m in Packwood with Kevin for a week, then off to visit my children and the little grands for Mother’s Day weekend. I’m helping Kevin put in a patio (15 X 30) food garden. He fenced it off to keep the elk and deer out until he can fence the whole front yard, then we’ll move our operation up there. I’ll be going back to beach cave for a week or so, then back to Packwood for a few weeks. We ran across a plant sale while doing errands today. We got some nice Raspberry plants and chives for his place and I found several flowers for my secret garden.

Update 24 June 2014:

It looks like solitude wins. Kevin and I remain close friends, but I’ve retreated to my beach cave. We both learned a lot and will always be happy about our short time as a couple. I’ll be spending August and September with my family in Alaska again. This time I’ll help mom prepare for her month-long art show of her paintings (SO excited for her!). Together, we will close down her garden for the season and I’ll help dad with an end-of-summer garage sale. Mom and I hope to drive to Homer to visit #1 sister and her husband (Kevin’s brother).

TABS at the top of each page and on sidebar.

HOME is now this static page, a starting place. If you get lost, come back HOME :>)

BLOG is where each new blog is posted, and where you will find all posts in chronological order.

BIO has the brief story of my life and my writing history & credits, MORE ABOUT ME has some odds & ends about me, and BLOGGER AWARDS has, well, my blogger awards!

MEMOIR is where I have all the links of any blog that I’ve posted about the memoir.

A-Z April Challenge contains my welcome to the challenge, as well as a link to each post, listed alphabetically, of course!

So, welcome, and I hope you stay awhile and return often.

Patti

72 thoughts on “HOME

  1. Hi Patti, I nominated you for an award. Thought you might have some fun with it!

    http://jadereyner.com/2013/10/30/the-awesome-blog-content-award/

    Take care, Jade.

  2. Hi Patti, I love your introduction about yourself, but am saddened by your losses. I look forward to delving more into your blog. xx

  3. Hi Patti. You didn’t tell us about The Write Place. We’d of already hopped on over for a cocktail & gab while basking in some of that fabulous Pacific Northwest weather! (Preferably Scotch by the way!!) lol. LOVE your comment, “My interests are all over the place”
    Spoken like a true Artist my dear. We haven’t met one of us, while in this blogosphere that didn’t have at least 2 forms of art up their sleeve. Add chef to that unbelievable list of your accomplishments & we’ll head on over to your house for dinner!! :P
    We are sorry to hear about your losses, Patti. And we mean that from the bottom of our heart. If we read right, we noticed you said (grands – 3)….do you mean your grandchild? No one should have to go through the loss of a child. Your strength & character, shows in all you do; taking your sorrow & piecing your heart together thru your crafts. Our hat’s off to you!!! Your an amazing woman! :)
    We look forward to visiting in the future & reading more of your work. <3

    • Thank you again for such high praise. Yes, my son’s son, 3 year-old, Tiven died from a head injury in April. They lived very close, so I had really bonded with him and his brother. My days are infused in all this grief. One foot in front of the other…find the beauty in nature, share it, find some humor, share it, help someone else in pain, one foot in front of the other…

  4. Love that you are constantly upgrading your site Patti, you tech wizard you! :)

  5. Hi Patti, I’m Margaret and looking forward to your site. Right now, besides writing, my life centers around my grandson so I love having a place where I can talk to grownups! He’s my angel baby – believe me no complaints. And, happy holiday!

  6. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! Please check out this post for details: http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  7. You have such a charming little space carved out here.

  8. My name is Patricia, and I have just found you. I’m sorry that you are dealing with so much grief. As you know, one step at a time, one day at a time, and surround yourself with love and beauty and gratitude for the life you have now. I’m an educational consultant and have a tutoring service in essay writing, public speaking, editing, and conversational English for foreign business people and students. I live in Southern California in a house my family built 75 years ago and enjoy reading and writing in the garden. I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

    • Hi Patricia, I’m glad you found me. I’m going to go visit your blog too. I love that you live in your family home and we sure have a lot in common, don’t we. Your job sounds fascinating and I look forward to reading more. Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself.

  9. Hi Patti! You’ve won a copy of my book The House on Tenafly Road for Kindle. Just send me the email address you’d like me to send it to. Congrats!

  10. Oh, btw, you can send it to my email if you want at morris_adrienne@rocketmail.com.

  11. Aren’t we a couple of lucky ladies today! We both will be enjoying Adrienne’s book. I look forward to following your blog and learning more about you. Have a very Merry Christmas, Patti. Blessings, Audrey

    • You too, Audrey. Welcome to our place.Things are a little scattered right now. Just jump in anywhere.
      I am so looking forward to reading her book! I feel especially lucky because I just found he a couple of days ago.
      I’ll stop by and see how things are going at your place.
      Peace,
      Patti

  12. visit, read the article and thanks for posting your article is quite good and we hope that all our friends all success and thank you all, greetings. (This is a good thing) :)

  13. Hey! I just discovered blog notifications I signed up for are going right to spam. I’m un-spamming and getting folks back to my inbox – in case you were wondering where i went. I was wondering where everyone went too.. which brought me to another realization I am working on : it was easy for me to believe everyone dropped me like a hot potato, damn those ex-husbands anyway…

  14. I have just discovered the actual blog. I have been reading your posts as I was signed up somehow so they show up in my email. I never read this HOME deal. Keep me reading.

  15. Hi Patti, my name is Becki and I also live in the PNW, I’ve lived here for 26 years. February 3, 2014 Arizona will become my new home. I found you on Share your wordpress blogs. I am looking forward to following your journey. Welcome !!

    • Nice to meet you, Becki. My youngest sis lives in AZ and it is a beautiful place. My hands are pretty full with helping my mom, but once we get our system down I will have some free time to check out your place and join in with friends and family online. Thanks for introducing yourself and hanging out here with us:>)

  16. Hi Patti, thank you for following Landscaping the Sacred. In light of your losses, I would like to I share my path through loss. You can find it in “Life after Life: A Claivoyant’s insight” in the Index of “Landscaping..” We are all moving along similar paths in this ever expanding community. Thank you for your companionship on the way.

  17. The photos are quite lovely. I’m interested in ordering some books. I’m thinking that I do it through you, but can’t see how I access the proper site.

  18. Patti…I just read your update….and wanted to send you love, light, and energy whilst you’re helping family!! Long distance is so tough…you are such a brave, strong and inspiring soul!! I don’t get the opportunity to visit as often as I would wish to…but please know…I’m always here thinking and praying wonderful and joyful thoughts for you!! Hugs and Blessings ~

  19. I just read your update. May 2014 be a better year for you. Sometimes the losses come all at once. I hope your mother recovers soon and you can get back to Washington. I have been missing your posts but hope to do better. Thanks for the recent visit to my blog – you have inspired me to write more.

    • Ahh, I appreciate this visit. And I have been slowing down a lot since I’ve been here. Hope to get back to more regular posts when things settle down a bit.
      Thank you and hopefully we can keep inspiring each other.

  20. Patti, my heart extends. I have been wondering about you. Losing contact here with friends is something I dread. I always wonder what is happening, if an individual is okay. I am sending the warmest embrace.

  21. You got our attention with your opening quote from Mr Coelho, one of our favourite authors :) We had to follow!

  22. Thanks Patti for stopping by my blog. We share the Northwest; I hang out in southern Oregon but love the coast from San Francisco to the Olympic Peninsula. Sorry to hear about your losses. Sounds like you have had more than your share. But I was pleased to see you have a new love. Life does go on, one step at a time, as another person commented. –Curt

    • Thanks for the visit, Curt. Your place is so full of travel and adventure, I just barely got started there! I also love Oregon and have day dreamed about living on the southern coast…still time…we’ll see.
      Will stop by and see what you and your wife are up to again soon.

  23. Hey… there you are. How’ve you been?

  24. Somehow through the #AtoZBlogChallenge that is going on during the month of April, we have found each other. I started my blog after publishing a novel, Greening of a Heart, in order to continue writing about English gardening and writers and things near and dear to my heart. One of my favorite parts of the blog is what I call ‘Reflections.’ I intend to follow you as we share this journey of growing up, making the most of our lives, loving and caring for others, and for me, writing, reading, gardening. I can tell that at the core of you there is joy regardless of the sorrow you feel. I write about that in Greening, Lovely to meet you!

  25. This is such a lovely blog with a simple outlook I’ve come across! *smiles*

    – Rahul

  26. What a journey! :-) Can’t wait to read more. Glad we “met” :-)

  27. Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking some posts. As you know family, friends and love provide a great backdrop for healing and cauterizing the pain.

    • Inion N. Mathair sent me there through a FB follow. Will be back to read more and comment. Have read 3 articles recently about the depression/happiness topic. Still pondering…Thank you for the kind words here.

  28. Thanks for following No Facilities and leaving a trail so I could discover your blog. I have enjoyed what I have read so far and I plan to keep reading. I lived in Seattle for 3-4 years back in the late 70’s into 1981, and I spent some time visiting the western coast where accessible. I have been back with my wife and again with my daughter on vacation, and both trips included a visit to the west coast of the peninsula. It’s a very special place and I’m happy to “meet” one of the people that call it home (at least some times).

    • Welcome, Dan. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your visit at my place. This is such an incredibly beautiful area—the Pacific NW–only Hawaii or Greece could pull me away. I think I need to add “Gypsy” to my list of names, as I can’t seem to stay put. Holler if you and the family get this way again and I’ll show you the best places for agate hunting and sunsets.
      P

  29. Thanks for commenting on my post. It caused me to look at your blog. When I saw the name of it I knew I had to check it out. I lost a sister too in 2008. I have adjusted but still think of her all the time. We had so much fun when she was here. I look forward to getting to know you and your world.

    • Thanks for visiting, Sue. I loved seeing your new grandson, Cameron and some of your family history. So sorry for your loss. We have both been touched by the deaths of our sisters. Michaela was a jewel.
      Look forward to getting to know you also.
      P

  30. One of the secrets to your success is that you “reply to every comment and visit every blog.” I’m glad to partner with bloggers/writers who have high standards. Kudos, Patti.

    • Thank you, Marian! It was crazy-making taking a few days off the internet. That is the longest I’ve gone without replying and it was not fun. Thank you for including me in that group with high standards. I ‘m glad we’re in this together :)
      P

  31. So glad to meet you here, Patti! And I have to say how much I admire your strength in the face of adversity, and I’m happy to read that things are looking up for you now. I look forward to learning more about you here. :)

  32. Hello Patti, I too am glad to have found you. I too am sorry for all your sadnesses; loss of loved ones and the accompanying grief and pain are hard to bear.
    This thread of comments stems from a long while back already. I will check out your A-Z posts Patti …
    Garden of Eden Blog

  33. That’s a little bit too much loss for one person to bear, I’m sorry for your grief. Glad, though, that you are finding ways and people to help you through it. Nature is a grand thing, too.

    • Thank you, Alarna Rose (love that name of yours!). I agree, too much loss. I just keep my nose in nature and count my many blessings…mom, dad, 5 siblings, aunt, uncles, cousins, my 2 children, their 4, my huggable friends and all my new friends on this crazy internet. Glad you are among them!
      P

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