Patricia Collins
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for people who love to read


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 and reflected on—whether the inspiring events took place this past week or decades ago. My interests are quite varied, and so are the topics for what appears on this site. What is consistent is that these are reflections that offer my perspective, most often with a positive way of looking at what’s happened and what that’s meant to me. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to add content to the site for quite a while due to being treated for gallbladder cancer. I hope to resume creating and sharing essays in spring of 2024. As I’m being given a break from chemotherapy, look for daily posts of my solo travels in Spain.

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




Daylight hours are becoming shorter. Autumn harvesting is done. It is a time to celebrate the season’s harvest and to transition into those darker days. You are part of the Celtic spiritual tradition of Samhain (a Gaelic word, pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in). It is time...

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A Word on World Letter Writing Day

A Word on World Letter Writing Day

September 1st is World Letter Writing Day—established more than a decade after the world switched to using thumbs on tiny touchscreens to correspond in a new language called texting. On the WLWD website, the Day’s founder, Richard Simpkin of Australia, shares his...

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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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