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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: February 14th, 2012

If you waited until the last minute, it’s OK. Here’s what procrastinators can do: Contrary to popular belief, gift cards are acceptable. Just add a flower, a card and/or some candy, and you are done. Do it at lunch.

A spa service, manicure, pedicure,  massage or facial will make your loved one smile. Or, try tickets to a Bayhawks or Otters game, Playhouse event or Erie Phil concert.

For sweet treats, choose something your honey loves but would never buy for himself or herself. Around my house, chocolate-covered pretzels, bridge mix, strawberries, sponge candy, raspberries or potato chips (yes they do make them, and they are tasty), are fave treats. You don’t have to buy out the store — just enough to show you care.

Jewelry is always thoughtful, and you can finds gifts for under $20 (and even under $10) from regional boutiques like All That Glitters in the Colony Plaza. Another cool gift — try some beach glass gems from Relish. If your loved one loves art or something artsy — head to any one of the galleries, and don’t miss Glass Growers Gallery.

And if you have a real chocolate fan to buy for, buy tickets to Chocolate Sunday this Sunday at the Bayfront Convention Center. Now, that is a treat.

It doesn’t matter what you buy, just be thoughtful and romantic. The fact that you cared enough to think about a terrific gift will impress. Oh, and dinner — takeout can be a treat. Even if it’s Dairy Queen! Enjoy the day.

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