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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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Posted: May 22nd, 2013

IMG_0762At left — that’s me with Mishol Randolph. We were at the Dress for Success Purse and Pearls luncheon yesterday, and Mishol, of Erie, spoke to a sellout crowd that hung on every word.

At 25. Mishol recounted addictions to drugs and alcohol that started before she was a teenager and progressed to heroin. She cleaned up when she became pregnant, but returned to drugs within weeks of giving birth. She landed in prison, but she credits that experience for realizing she would lose her daughter.

Today, Mishol is a sales executive for the Erie Bayhawks, and she is happily raising her daughter Baelyn, 7.

Hers is a story of help from an entire Erie community that supports women. Kudos to the Erie County Treatment Court, a treatment-oriented program associated with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania; Turning Point, a chemical dependency treatment facility in Franklin;

Mercy Center for Women, Dress for Success and the Erie Bayhawks.

To read more of her story, click here. Mishol also spoke at the 2013 Dress for Success “Something to Share” Gala in New York City in April.

Congratulations to Mishol and all the women who have turned their lives around with the help of Erie organizations.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step grandmom to one.


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Posted: May 13th, 2013

p1lel_012711_ae_segwayeditoIt’s great news that Segways are coming to Presque Isle. I’ve ridden on Segways for fun during an interview with the former college president at Edinboro University (that’s me at left flitting around inside the student union building) and for even more fun when my daughter took me on a tour of Pittsburgh a few years ago at Paradise Tours.

In Erie, The Yellow Bike Rental Company added guided Segway tours to its popular rentals of bikes, trikes, surreys, tandems, and roller blades. The four tours a day start on May 25 at $50 per person. I am guessing they will be very popular.

Sign me up!

Here is Dana Massing’s story in today’s Erie Times-News.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: January 19th, 2013

popcornIt’s kernel capers today! Here are a few sites with recipes for yummy caramel popcorn and more. One has maple and bacon in it. YUMM! Here’s one from Yummly.

Here’s one for Dixie Doodle popcorn from GoErie.com. It has cashews, almonds, peanuts, dried fruit, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries or cherries and spices. One of my fave places for popcorn is the Pittsburgh Popcorn Factory. My daughter brings it home, and we are hooked!

Learn more about how this day got the distinction at Punchbowl. Oh and we can celebrate again April 6 — that’s National Caramel Corn Day!

Pop up some corn or break out the Cracker Jacks!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 17th, 2012

Until I posted a funny note on Facebook about the stench coming from my self-cleaning oven, I had no idea how many of us live in fear of these appliances.

We must take back the kitchen. Show that dripped-on, over-baked, grease-stained beast of an oven who is boss. My brave daughter called last night to ask about cleaning her self-cleaning oven.

She said it stunk when she preheated it to bake cookies. She had read an article about mice making ovens their private bathroom, and that could explain why her oven stunk so bad. It made us both uncomfortable to think that rodents had been using her oven as a private sauna … and toilet.

She was afraid to use the self-cleaning button, so she cleaned it out by hand. Yuck. I’ve used the self-cleaning button on three ovens and lived to tell about it. My current oven is only a few years old, and my husband says I don’t use it enough for it to get dirty, but while baking a pizza, it smelled like I had burned many a meal cooking for the family at Downton Abbey.

We couldn’t bake Santa’s cookies in there, so I pushed the self-cleaning button and the oven did the rest. It set itself for a four-hour cleaning stint that automatically locked the oven door. (It unlatches when the oven is done). In that span of time, it basically incinerates anything in there and turns all the crud into gray dust. You do have to clean up the gray dust. Remove your racks — I forgot that part, but they are still in one piece.

The oven door and top surface will get hot. And the house also stinks when the oven is cleaning itself, so open a  window and let it burn. I never leave the oven running when I leave the house — we stay until it’s done. You have to plan for it.

Here’s a link to oven cleaning info — self-cleaning and not. Here’s a statement from the self-cleaning link that might make my daughter a little more comfortable if a mouse is present: “If you own a bird, you should remove it away from the kitchen during the self-cleaning process. The fumes produced during this process are not harmful for people, but can be dangerous for birds!”

The fumes stunk and made our eyes burn at our house. I’m guessing it should at least send a mouse out of the house.

If you have instructions (I still have instructions for VCRs and appliances I no longer own), read up on cleaning, or search the Internet for your oven model. The only thing I ever had go wrong in cleaning, was an old, and I mean old oven — maybe a 1980s model — melted the heating element in the bottom of the oven during the cleaning process. With that oven, I kept V&V Appliance on West 26th Street in Erie on speed dial. Every knob, heating element and cooktop burner on that thing broke more than once. I paid for that stove twice, maybe more with the repairs. Never. Again.

Everyone seems to be cleaning ovens right about now. I read a hysterical post by a Facebook friend about cleaning her oven that included a lot of cursing and wine. The things we do to bake cookies!

In case you are wondering, that’s not my kitchen in the picture, but it is a pretty double wall oven, isn’t it? I bet it’s clean. Mine still has some gray dust in it.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: October 19th, 2012

Shark Tank, on ABC-TV, gets my interest every week — in between high school football games! And when fashionistas get the sharks to bite, you gotta love it.

A mom, Aly Lessor, launched Cozy Bug a children’s clothing line inspired by her adorable daughter and some Southern idealism. She developed pillowcase dresses that grow with kids, and they are cute as can be. The dresses are tied over the shoulders with colorful ribbons. As the kids grow, the dresses become tops that they wear over shorts or leggings. Of course they have matching hair bows. In a funny moment, Kevin O’Leary forbid Lessor from selling the dresses without a hair bow.

Lessor said each dress costs about $6 to produce, and she sells them for $19.99 and up. She sold more than $300,000 worth of dresses online, and started a dancewear line called “Dance Bug.”

The sharks fought over this one, but Aly took a $50,000 deal and  30 percent stake in the company from Daymond John, founder of FUBU.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 30th, 2012


Her name is synonymous with winning — Quad games, triathalons, duathlons and more. In Pittsburgh, Erie’s Pamela McCormick finished second among women and 28th overall in the International Distance Triathlon Sunday. It included a600-meter swim in the Allegheny River, a 20K bike race through Pittsburgh and a 5K run along the Allegheny River.

McCormick, 39, continues her dominance of sporting events. The mom of seven finished the International Distance Triathlon in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 44 seconds. McCormick has qualified to represent Pennsylvania in the Best of the U.S. 2012 Championship.

She was also the fastest female finisher at the A Tri in the Buff triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 6 seconds on July 7 in Buffalo. It was the first time she had competed in the event.

For all us moms, she’s an inspiration. And Pamela is the daughter of Denise Illig Robison and the late Robbie Robison. Denise is an athlete in her own right. I have played tennis with her for years.

Pam Parker, an avid tennis player with bad knees, ran for years, but never raced — except with her kids. Pam’s daughter is a former McDowell High School track star with numerous state championship medals and the title of cross country runner of the year. Pam is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 9th, 2012

My three kids were blanky babies. No pacifiers. No thumb-sucking. The little Winnie the Pooh blankets, fairy tale quilts and yellow woven blankies went everywhere with us. When we left one behind at my sister’s place, my nephew, a former blanky baby, sent it back to us Federal Express. He knew the value of a good blanky.

When the silky tag on one and the silver edging on another fell apart, I sewed them back together. Those toddler-size sleep aids gave way to comforters that traveled everywhere, and outlasted mattresses. My daughter’s Minnie Mouse comforter still sits on the rec room futon in the basement, and she hasn’t lived here more than a few months at a time in six years. I’ll give Disney credit — it still looks good. I remember when I ordered that big blanky from a JC Penney catalog. My dad picked it up and delivered it to one very happy little girl more than 15 years ago.

My sons did their room in cheetahs. And sports, but cheetahs came first. I had found some really cool cheetah comforters from a catalog. In all the travels my doctor of physical therapy son made over the past seven years, he retained the cheetah until its tattered jungle motif was so faded, we laid it to rest. My youngest son gave his to his girlfriend.

We are a lot like cartoon character Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz.

I knew there would be some research on this cozy topic, so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, at the University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeRichard H. Passman and his associates discovered that security blankets do give security to children who use them. Kids learn to comfort themselves, adapt to new situations, and more. It worked for all of my kids. They aren’t so attached to blankets anymore, but we do seem to be leaning toward collections — two kids have a lot of shoes, and one has a lot of hats.

Maybe these are security shoes and hats.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, gramPam to one and editor of the award-winning Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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