About Patti . . .

Welcome to pattimiinch.com!

I'm a widow and the mother of two adult children (a son and a daughter), reader, lover of sports, wanna-be digital scrapbooker, teacher, writer, and so much more.

I began this blog several years ago, intending to focus on how to redesign your life after experiencing a significant loss. I'd lost my own husband in Fall 2009 after a 6-week and 1-day battle with cancer, and I found myself creating a new life -- new home in a new place, new job, new friends . . . new almost-everything. 

But eventually, I knew I needed to make further change. I moved back to my hometown three years ago, took early retirement from my full-time position in May, and have begun writing a book.

Things are changing here on the blog as well. And after blogging for several years in fits and starts about redesigning a life after significant loss, I've decided to focus instead on my life in general and, more specifically, on my life as a writer. 

Every Tuesday, I'll share my thoughts on life in general or my life in particular, or I'll share how the writing is going.    

Every Friday (sometimes late Thursday night) I'll also participate in Five Minute Friday, a group of bloggers (primarily women) who connect each week in an online, unedited flash mob free-write based on a one-word promote provided by our fearless leader Kate Motaung. 

Whether it's a Tuesday or Friday, or any other day of the week, I hope you'll respond via a comment with your own thoughts, reactions, ideas, and so forth. 

This blog is not intended to be monologue; rather, my hope is that it will become a place of conversation, one in which you feel comfortable participating. One in which your voice can be heard. 

Again, welcome! I'm so glad you're here, and I can't wait to chat with you. 


  1. Patti, I came across your blog via Five Minute Friday. Reading your "About" page brought to mind two books by Susan Weidener. Have you read her books? If not, I suggest you take a look at Susan's author page on Amazon (https://amzn.to/2taJMcr). The books I mention above are Again in a Heartbeat and Mornings at Wellington Square. Just a suggestion. Enjoyed reading on your blog and your bio.

  2. I am so sorry for not responding sooner; when you posted, I was thick in the preparations for my daughter's wedding on the 16th. Thank you for stopping in and for sharing a comment. I've not read anything by Susan Weidener, but I'm going to check her out on amazon. Thank you!!