Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Archive for the ‘Writing’ category
Posted: September 30th, 2011

I never ask people to vote for anything or anyone. Not on Facebook or anyplace else, but I implore everyone to vote for Liz Allen in the Live Fearlessly contest.
If you don’t know Liz, please read the essay submitted. I do know Liz, and she is an extraordinary woman who faced a lot of sadness in her life losing numerous family members in a short time. Yet, Liz never dwells on the sadness. She is an inspiration for all of us.
Liz is the public editor at the Erie Times-News, and I am proud to have known her for decades. Take just a minute to voter for her today — voting ends tonight.
The contest is a statewide honor, and no one deserves it more than Liz.

Posted: September 27th, 2011

When kids make you laugh so hard, your sides hurt, it might be the middle school years. It’s a time when kids have a somewhat grown-up appearance, but they still have that impishness that makes me grin just thinking about it.
I still laugh when I think of football car pools. No one wanted the return trip home, but I did. The skinny boys of fall were muddy, sweaty and laughing. In our car pool, we had twins who excelled in rapid-fire delivery of Internet jokes that made me laugh so hard, I’d cry.
This hearty half dozen players had also mastered and memorized some “Jeopardy” skits from “Saturday Night Live” starring Will Farrell as the Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.
It was like watching it live.
Now, we also did have practical jokes in school, but these kids did nothing like the tricks I recalled at St. George Elementary School. And many of those kids had grown up to be teachers, principals, lawyers, judges and doctors.
Middle schoolers will make you laugh, make mistakes, make you cry and give you memories. The best advice I ever received about dealing with any of the bad times was from a teacher. “Kids will have rules to follow the rest of their lives. If they break a few now, they’ll learn to stop. We all need to give them a break.
Here’s to middle school mayhem.

Posted: September 23rd, 2011

If you need a moment of inspiration, read the blogs of seven brave Erie women who have taken the challenge to lose some serious weight … with the help of Flab to Fab, a workout center in Erie.

The Flab to Fab team

Click on the links below to find out how each individual real woman is handling this. They are losing weight and inches in a team effort that will make you smile and inspire you to jumpstart your own weight loss efforts.
These ladies have shared some raw emotion over the past 10 weeks about the weight loss process in blogs that started at the beginning of the contest in July. Flab to Fab owner Lisa Desko did too. I’m inspired because I know how hard it is to lose weight when life doesn’t make it easy. These gals have proven that working together with professionals has been a big hit. You can see success on their faces and in their blogs.
Take a few minutes, and offer some encouragement. And vote for the woman who inspires you most. Although this contest ends soon, I have a feeling this group will be together long after this contest over.
Congrats ladies. You are an inspiration to all women.

Posted: September 11th, 2011

With all the sports this past week, and with today’s date etched tragically in history, it’s a day to credit teamwork. I watched the Green Bay Packers fend off the the New Orleans Saints.
In tennis, Novak Djokovic appeared to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at U.S. Open Tennis tournament just outside NYC. Not looking his best, Djokovic battled Roger Federer through five sets for comeback that was truly inspiring. It looked like it was over at one point. Federer was one point from victory, but one shot by Djokovic inspired that wild NYC crowd. Djokovic won four games in a row and heads into the finals on Monday.
Every family is a team, and our family is teaming up today on just finding time to get together and break away from all the hectic schedules of work and school. Go team go.

Posted: October 8th, 2009

Her Times magazine is featuring a host of speakers during this weekend’s For Women Only Expo at the Bayfront Convention Center, including moi. I’ll be addressing wannabe writers in “So You Want To Be a Writer” on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Also appearing in the “Her Times lounge:”

  • Pam Parker will be talking about her “In the Name of Beauty” experiences and, on Sunday, she’ll talk share “Secrets to Selling your House.”
  • Marnie Mead Oberle will be sharing holiday and fast-and-easy recipes
  • Nancy Irwin talking about how to be a positive role model for girls
  • Liz Swantek teaching you how to make an easy holiday earring craft
  • Monica Lewis will be talking funny stuff in her “Humor RX” presentation
  • Dianna Noe, director of Toni & Guy Academy, will be revealing some beauty secrets

Find all the information you need about the show here.

See a complete Entertainment schedule here (Her Times speakers are just a small part of the fun)!  You can even download a printable PDF of the schedule to take with you.

Posted: November 30th, 2007

I get about 387 press releases a day this time of year — I rarely read them, but this one made me laugh out loud.
If all press releases were this funny, more editors might actually read them.
The subject line of the e-mail was “Story idea: Gift for your Least Favorite Nephew”

Dear Heather,
The holiday season reunites us all with close and beloved family members— we sit by the fire and roast chestnuts, eat way too much food and for the most part, enjoy being around one another. But as you know, everyone has a family member that isn’t so dearly loved.

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Posted in: Writing
Posted: October 10th, 2007

I’d love to read more local blogs, but I can’t find many worth my time. Erie-based blogs are rife with anonymous bloggers and anonymous comments — which, of course, allows people to behave very badly behind their cloak of invisibility, saying things they could/would never say if everyone knew their “true identity.” At the risk of sounding like a new-age, tree-hugging hippie, I don’t need the negativity in my life. And, frankly, I’d rather spend my free time reading something that educates me, enlightens me or makes me a better person.
Enter Rachel Kaufman’s blog “A Like Affair With Words.”
Rachel was in intern in the Features dept. at the Erie Times-News this summer and she wrote a few stories for Her Times while she was here, including one on dreaming in our August 12 issue. She has two articles in our next issue of Her Times — publishes this Sunday — about the PA Women’s Conference and about Naked Lady Parties.
It’s obvious that Rachel is putting as much time and thought into her blog as she does her writing. If you, too, have a love, er, like affair with words — check it out. You’ll find it much more informative and positive that the usual stuff in Erie.
And, no, she’s not in Erie anymore, but..for all we know, she has more ties to Erie than the dozens of anonymous bloggers and commentors who claim to live among us.

Posted in: Writing