After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

April 2010

Hanging On: Avoiding holes in the sidewalk.

04/27/10

Hanging On: Avoiding holes in the sidewalk.

Joan Gillman and I spoke on the phone a couple of nights ago, and she mentioned that she had just returned from dinner with a friend, as they had commemorated an anniversary together that evening. "It was the anniversary of her son's death," Joan said sadly. I replied that I found that odd, because it also was the same anniversary for one of my friends that very day — the anniversary of her son's death. And it seems to me that I know more and more parents who have lost children prematurely to death. So I write for those friends and acquaintances this week.

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What could you build in 100 hours with a pile of junk?

04/20/10

What could you build in 100 hours with a pile of junk?

Would you ever think to make a bikini out of used computer keyboard keys? Or could you make a compost unit (with earth worms) to "recycle" dorm pizzas? These ladies did!

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Two Great Reasons — and Ways — to Celebrate

04/13/10

Two Great Reasons — and Ways — to Celebrate

Robert Jordan was a truck driver for 20-plus years. During that time, he had it in his head that trucks idling at rest stops were not only polluting the air and wasting diesel fuel, but the trucks aren't so comfortable in the idle position. Still, we have to appreciate that a trucker lives in his or her vehicle during long-haul trips — they sleep there, often eat there, and even watch television and relax there. So, of course, they need power to maintain a constant temperature or to power utensils.

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The Golden Girls, Take Two

04/06/10

The Golden Girls, Take Two

Joan Gillman and I were interviewing aging expert Carol Koby on our radio program (Carol hosts All About Life on WTDY on Saturday mornings), and we got on the topic of how aging has changed, given medical advancements. We talked about where we thought trends would go in the next few years, given that women probably will soon live to be 100 on average. The hope and the curse of science.

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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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