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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: September 16th, 2013

Jake and Neverland PiratesArr! I watched “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” on Disney Junior with granddaughter little Miss Mia Parker yesterday, and it reminded me that International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up on Thursday – Septembarr 19.

You can talk Pirate on Facebook right now if you change your language status in your account settings to English pirate ratharrr than plain old English.

Who knew this could be such fun? International Talk Like a Pirate Day got its start with a bunch of guys who played racquetball together in Albany, Ore., in 1995. John Bauer and Mark Summers wrote to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, and in 2002, Barry wrote this column. A holiday was born. Here are some of my Facebook pirate favorites, and thanks to Karen D. Fischer who told me about it:

Here are some of Facebook’s Pirate replacement terms for normal lingo:
’bout a shot o’ rum ago near Erie — beats “a few minutes ago.”
So does a few grains o’ sand ago
Arr! beats “like”

be eyein’ this with pleasure replaces “likes this.”
Befriend a matey replaces “add friend.”
What be troublin’ ye? That’s ye status!
Other favorites:
Blabber t’ yer mates
Update your Plunderin’
Hoist Portrait/Bewitched Portrait
Fire a Query
Things closer to Me heart
Bottle o messages
Grog fests
Shenanigans log
Spy it all
Wants to make this known by more souls (shared a link). Arr!

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

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Posted: May 12th, 2013

MomsIn honor of Mother’s Day, I am reposting The Pennsylvania Conference for Women‘s e-mail message that quotes what women have said about their moms as role models — like the one at left. The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is the largest women’s conference in the state.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29 in Philadelphia. Here are quotes from the website:

How was/is your mother a role model for your career?

My mom’s mantra was “make yourself indispensable” (i.e. do whatever’s needed, not just what you think you should be doing).

My mom always told us to do what makes us happy.

My mom had her own alteration business in 1948 before (and after) she got married. She taught me to be independent and not to settle – whip up a dress and a fabulous meal too.

My mom was a stay-at-home mom but also sold Tupperware and Avon. She had such a beautiful light about her, and people were drawn to her smile. I realized having positive energy and a good smile goes a long way.

Funny you should ask. I am a communications trainer and I reference her years in the banking industry all the time. I learned so much from her about how to treat people, how to be a true professional, and how to be a working mom. I am indebted to her entire generation of women who blazed a path for me and the women of my generation. I hope to do the same for my girls.

My mom didn’t have a high school diploma; she worked in sewing factories, long, hard hours for low wages, also waitressing. She inspired me to get an education so that I could earn a better life. I am grateful.

She told me to invent a product, I did, and millions of sales later I have her to thank!

Growing up, my sister and I witnessed my mother (a single parent) struggle and work long hours as a waitress. After many years she had enough and decided to better herself and her family by going back to school for nursing. While going to school full-time and working (and being a single parent was an even harder struggle), she graduated and has been a nurse for well over 10 years now. I am extremely proud of her hard work and dedication. Her persistence has taught me to succeed in everything I do. I would not be where I am in my career today if it were not for my mother.

My mom modeled communication, she took us to campaign, community, church…taught us to prioritize a balanced life…our God, our family, our community.

My mother started “take your daughter to work day” with two other women. She has paved the way for so many women scientists and inspired me to be a business owner. She’s my hero.

My mother owned a public relations company in the ’60s. She was very successful and always told me I had to find a career that I loved so that I would never have to depend on anyone else.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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: April 22nd, 2013

arthurIn Kevin Cuneo’s column today, he writes that Marc Brown — famous Erieite who attended Millcreek schools and author of all the “Arthur” books and the PBS series – had written a letter to Erie friends to lobby the folks on the Millcreek Township School District board to retain arts in its curriculum. Kevin’s column is here.
The letter in its entirety is below:
Dear Millcreek friends,
As someone who was nurtured by the Millcreek school system, I was saddened and alarmed to hear that the Millcreek schools were considering eliminating the arts from the curriculum. In my opinion, this would be a tremendous loss for every student. Whether you’re naturally artistic or not, learning how to think creatively is a very important skill. The arts contribute to every child’s ability to use his or her imagination. Art is about inventing new ways of fitting things together: words, images, objects, processes, thoughts and history.
Growing up in Millcreek and watching my dad go to work everyday for the railroad was painful. Dislike for his job was palpable. But he filled his free time with creative pursuits, writing, architecture, gardening, researching and collecting antiques. This taught me an important lesson at a very young age. Find a job you love because it adds immeasurably to the quality of your life. By cutting the arts in Millcreek Schools, you are saying to many kids, who you are and what you want to be, isn’t important. You are removing a critical foundation that may lead to successful careers in the arts for many kids.
Not every child goes down the educational conveyor belt neatly nourished by the core curriculum. I was one of those kids. I don’t want to even imagine what might have happened to me without the ability to major in art at McDowell High School with Nancy Bryan as my teacher. And there are many other kids like me growing up in Millcreek today needing the arts in their educational process to make them the exceptional adults that they can become.
As I travel around the country speaking to children about my books I have the great opportunity to talk with teachers about their schools and their work. For many years now the things they report about what teaching has become is not encouraging. Since the reduction of art, music and drama in so many schools, accompanied by the testing requirements for government funding, our children are becoming robotic regurgitators of facts for test taking.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to keep the arts in our schools is outlined brilliantly by my friend, Harvard professor, Howard Gardner in his book, “MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES.” I urge every person who is in the position of eliminating the arts in schools to read this book. He outlines eight intelligences and writes very compellingly about the importance of integrated daily arts instruction. He explains the idea that people have eight intelligences (verbal-linguistic, mathematical-logical, visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist), and schools must use them all to help every child reach full potential.
My Millcreek education provided the arts foundation I needed to help build a successful career in the arts. It’s impossible to imagine Millcreek Schools withdrawing this critical component of a child’s education. If I were a student in your schools today, I would be very frightened about my future.
I’m hoping you’ll do the right thing for our children.


Marc Brown

Here’s a story Sean McCracken wrote in January about a visit Brown made to local schools. The photo below is of Marc Brown speaking in Fairview.

Author Marc Brown speaks to students at Fairview Elementary School and draws a creature from their suggestions on Wednesday, Jan. 23. SEAN McCRACKEN//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Author Marc Brown speaks to students at Fairview Elementary School and draws a creature from their suggestions on Wednesday, Jan. 23. SEAN McCRACKEN//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three — all graduates of McDowell High School.

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Posted: September 10th, 2012

What’s a pirate’s favorite fast food? Arrrrrby’s. That’s just one of the jokes I heard last year on International Talk Like a Pirate Day Sept. 19. This crazy idea got its start with a bunch of guys who played racquetball together in Albany, Ore. That included John Bauer and Mark Summers, who started the fun in 1995. They wrote to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, and in 2002, Barry wrote this column, and shiver me timbers, a holiday was born.

The day has a Facebook page with more than 79,000 likes. It offers a link for teachers to share fun in the classroom.  Here are just a few of the word problems I might have actually liked when I was a kid directly from the site:

“Polly wants a cracker. Awk! A box of crackers sitting next to her perch contains 5 Ritz crackers, 4 saltines, and 7 Wheat Thins. If she sticks her beak into the box and randomly pulls out a cracker, what is the probability that she does NOT get a saltine? Express yer answer as a common fraction.”

“The pirates of The Black Pearl are a motley crew. Arrr! Twenty-seven of them have earrings, and 25 of them have peg legs. If the crew consists of 37 pirates, how many have both earrings and peg legs?”

Arr! Avast, matey! Get your eye patch and pirattitude on. You have a little more than a week to prepare for International Talk Like a Pirate Day.


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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