After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

September 2011

What if you thought that today would be your last “normal day”?

09/27/11

What if you thought that today would be your last “normal day”?

“I am a cancer survivor.” That sounds like a definitive statement, but being a “survivor” is anything but defining. It is actually a misnomer because “surviving” something lulls you into a false sense of security that something is “over” – that it had a defined time/place, which has expired. With cancer – particularly a cancer that traveled through the lymphatic system before being diagnosed or treated – that is not true.

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Looking for more good liars

09/20/11

Looking for more good liars

Before I ask you to tell a lie to me, here’s a housekeeping note: Regarding the “Madison Icon” contest – it’s still being judged. The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is handling the handoff to an outside judging entity, was a little preoccupied with Ironman, etc., so stay tuned for news of that in our November issue. It wasn’t forgotten by anyone – just set aside momentarily.

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A Patrick and Nana Adventure: Saturday Night Magic

09/13/11

A Patrick and Nana Adventure: Saturday Night Magic

Abruptly, Patrick stops in his tracks outside the entryway to the hotel’s pool area. He fidgets with his swimming trunks, expressive eyes telegraphing a sudden misery. I understand that we’ve bumped up against an invisible barrier that is nonetheless all too real for him. He’s close enough to the pool to hear kids at play, sparking a familiar internal dialogue inside my grandson’s head; one desire urges him forward, another intrinsic and (I fear) louder voice warns him away.

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A new twist: a Grandma and Kacy story

09/06/11

A new twist: a Grandma and Kacy story

For those of you who read and enjoy the “Patrick and Nana” series, in which I share my experiences as the grandmother of a precocious 10-year-old boy, I have a new story to tell this week about another grandmother and her precocious 10-year-old granddaughter: the making of “the best day of the whole summer” over Labor Day weekend.

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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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