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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: April 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.

Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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 GramPam to one. 

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Posted: February 6th, 2014

Ferris Wheel Glowing at TwilightYes, I know — in February? Next Friday — Valentine’s Day — is Ferris Wheel Day — a tribute to George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., born on Feb. 14.

My first date with my husband was on a Ferris wheel — at the North East Cherry Festival 12 years ago. So, here’s to George Ferris!

The civil engineer made the first Ferris Wheel at the World’s Colombian Exhibition in Chicago more than 100 years ago in 1893.

According to The Man Who Invented the Wheel, and Paid the Price by Dennis Bell, Ferris was born in a Galesburg, Ill., and his family settled in Nevada where he became fascinated with  a water wheel as a kid.

He later worked in New York City and Pittsburgh, designing bridges, tunnels and trestles. He founded G.W.G. Ferris & Co., with offices in New York and Chicago. His 1893 Ferris wheel was built to rival the 1889 Eiffel Tower —  made famous by inventor Gustave Eiffel at the  1889 Paris International Exposition.

Ferris spent $25,000 of his own money on the Ferris wheel plan and constructed it in 22 weeks. It was about 26 stories tall, survived a hurricane and had nearly 1.5 million patrons in Chicago. Ferris later started smaller Ferris wheel productions but lost a lot of money and died three years later in Pittsburgh at age 37.

Another Illinois engineer, William Sullivan, took up Ferris’ inventive ideas and created portable Ferris wheels at the Eli Bridge Company in 1896 in  Jacksonville. Ill.– it is still manufacturing Ferris wheels.

And all because a kid loved water wheels — Happy B-day to Mr. Ferris.

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 GramPam to one.


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Posted: November 20th, 2013

HTH_110913DramaticThanksgivThis table from one of our House to Home articles is certainly a designer demo, and one thing you won’t see on the perfect place settings is cell phones.

A friend asked me to write an article about put-away-the-cell-phone-dinner etiquette — not just for the kids. She said adults at her dinner table were often worse than the kids.

Here are some tips from the Momtini Lounge. She writes up suggestions from AT&T for a cell-free zone on Turkey Day that include silenced cell phones at least during dinner. She also adds that the family photo should be taken before or after dinner rather than during — that limits anyone’s need for the word of the year “selfies” with a mouthful of turkey.

I hate to admit it, but if my brother and I’d had cell phones when we were kids — we’d be shooting mouthfuls of food just to gross each other out, and it would not have been pretty. My parents were lucky that a color TV was high-tech in those days. But we were pretty stealthy kids and would never have risked getting caught during a big family dinner.  The consequences would have been disastrous.

The dinner table should be sacred. “Don’t put your cellphone on the table or use it during a meal” is one of the many rules students at MIT learn during what they call charm school. Read the article here.

Fashion writers from the New York Times agree in the article Step Away from the Phone. 

They maintain that disconnecting is a luxury and that private time is precious. Read the entire eye-opening story here.

The New York Times article closes with some good news from Bronson van Wyck, a party planner in New York who said that NOT being available 24/7 is the new chic.

Here’s to the new chic at your Thanksgiving dinner party. What a great new trend.

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.

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Posted: February 4th, 2013

ExamThe Wall Street Journal and countless media outlets reported Education Week’s best and worst school systems by state in the United States last month, and the report on Yahoo.com is below:

Top 10

  1. Maryland ranked at the top for the fifth straight year
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New York
  4. Virginia
  5. Arkansas
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. New Jersey
  9. West Virginia
  10. Kentucky

Bottom 10:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Nevada
  3. Idaho
  4. Alaska
  5. Mississppi
  6. Nebraska
  7. Montana
  8. Arizona
  9. Oregon
  10. Missouri

But it’s not the only study. Michelle Rhee, has her own report, according to Huffington Post. She is the former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor and chair of StudentsFirst. Click on that link for a map of the U.S. with grades per state. Pennsylvania gets a D.

Frankly, I am way more interested in education reports than in daily national media coverage of Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o’s creation of a virtual girlfriend debacle and whether or not Beyonce lip synced the national anthem. It’s time we all made education a priority.

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: July 22nd, 2012

So, is this real or Photoshop? Real!

Odd houses around the world are often art. This one is called Fallen Star. See the story here. It is Do Ho Suh’s reflection on how he felt when leaving South Korea to study in the U.S., “as if he was dropped from the sky.” The installation is at the University of California at San Diego. It is a real cottage and sits seven stories off the ground on the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. It even has a front yard, garden and patio. Take a peek at the impressive interior photos in Do Ho Suh’s ‘Fallen Star’

The seven-year, $1.3 million project was funded by private donors and a National Endowments of the Arts grant. Get this. It also meets California code and is earthquake resistant. Do Ho Suh has degrees from Seoul National University, Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. He has exhibited around the world and lives in New York, London and Seoul. Learn more about the exhibit on the Stuart Collection’s website.

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: March 30th, 2012

It’s Fashion Friday, but I had to tell everyone about something that goes way beyond fashion. Esurance brought it to my attention that Mary Anderson patented the windshield wiper in 1903. So, to close out March and Women’s History Month, here’s a salute to women and  Esurance’s research into female automotive pioneers:

  • Alice Huyler Ramsey is the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. She drove 3,600 miles across the country and was her own mechanic.
  • Silent film star Florence Lawrence (who grew up in Buffalo, New York) invented  turn signals and brake lights.
  • On New Year’s Day 1915, Wilma K. Russey became the first female New York City taxi driver.
  • In 1943, Helene Rother became the first female automotive designer. A successful career as a French jewelry designer landed her a job with General Motors to craft elegant interior designs.

Esurance pointed out that women didn’t have the right to vote when the first vehicles rolled off the assembly line, but we were ready to improve them. For more great fun, visit the Esurance blog. It’s some great stuff on women and cars. Special thanks to Anne May Navarrete of Esurance for letting me know all this great stuff. And to Kate Rezucha for researching and sharing.

Something else I learned this month on CBS “Sunday Morning”:  Actress diva Hedy Lamarr had a role in creating wireless phones, torpedo launchers and much more . She even has a patent. Yes THAT Hedy Lamarr. Check out her story.

Take a few minutes to salute all the women who paved the way for the rest of us.


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