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with Jody Glynn Patrick


Is my language racist? Is yours?

Many among my Madison-area friends have asked how the transition to living in a small town has gone for Kevin and I since our semi-retirement move to central Illinois. I always answer enthusiastically about our new home and the assortment of wild birds living in our gardens, and I’ve waxed poetic about the pleasures of being near my childhood family. What I don’t glorify is the constant use of the word “colored” here in the Bible Belt, and how that sets my teeth on edge.

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Catching up: DNA surprises and a move!

In a recent blog, I explained how I discovered, via DNA results from a genealogical inquiry, that I likely had two unknown sisters. Inspired by my experience, my husband, Kevin, then submitted his spit for analysis, and we learned the results of his heritage check today, when he was also notified of a second-cousin match filed with

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Sister Act II: DNA test uncovers two new relatives

Well, this is a weird turn of events, an unexpected development. It seems I have one (or maybe two) sisters I knew nothing about. A few years ago, I ordered an DNA kit — not to find my biological father, as I’d more or less given up on ever knowing his identity, but hoping perhaps to unearth distant cousins to help me fill in some holes on my maternal Webster side.

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An unexpected holiday gift of time travel

Over the holidays, we shared a restaurant meal with my daughter and her family, including Patrick, who at age 12, seems to change every time we see him now. His face is settling into more adult lines, and there are other hints about the man he will become, subtle and yet whimsically revealed in changing interests and developing talents.

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Christmas photo books and wishes

My holiest of holidays is right around the corner and yes, friends, I again made books for the grandchildren. I photographed them, collected little pictures they made for me, and wrote down funny things they said or did. Then, as I have done every November since their consecutive births, I published a book showcasing their shiny new teeth, imaginative artwork, and adventuresome exploits.

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About This Blog

IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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