Patricia Collins
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I hope you will enjoy reading some of the essays, stories, and blog posts for this website and will return periodically to read what’s new. I love to write and to share what I’ve learned―whether that learning took place this past week or decades ago. In 2021, I hope to publish a cuisine travelogue e-book that shares my travels through Andalusia, Provence, Tuscany, and Rome and includes tested recipes for the dishes I had at restaurants in all of those regions. Look to 2022 for the publication of another cuisine travelogue e-book―this one focused on travel through coastal Norway and, similarly, shares recipes from the restaurants there.

Essays & Stories


mini-memoir pieces
from a rewarding personal life


Been There, Done That, Learned a Thing or Two

lessons learned, knowledge and skills
tested again and again

Desultory Reflections & Philosophical Thoughts

observations on culture, ethics, and
contemporary conditions

PHOTO CREDIT: Distinctively Dickinson

Literature Reviews

formal and informal critiques of
works in contemporary literature


short stories and flash fiction
inspired by others’ lives


upcoming and available book-length works


downloadable cuisine travelogues

Print Books

young children’s literature


The First Day of School

The First Day of School

I grew up in a family of modest means. We were not poor, but my parents had to be very careful with our budget. Prioritized expenditures included a home in good repair, healthy food, and clothing that would last. Among the things that were free, education was the most...

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A Walk Along the Levees

A Walk Along the Levees

A few minutes’ drive from my home on a typical January day, northern shovelers, teals, gadwalls, ruddy ducks, and mallards float amidst the ponds and along the Charleston Slough. Male and female pairs paddle toward a shoreline or simply take a meandering path in the...

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Bathtub Tales

Bathtub Tales

My father believed that imagination was precious, no matter the time or place. And one of those times was bath time when my sister and I were very young. He talked to us about heads, shoulders, knees, and toes. With our early bathing lessons, we learned that keeping...

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