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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: October 18th, 2013

InStyle-FeatureThis has very little to do with fashion, but a young woman created a business that basically allows you to take a picture, and her company, Cocoagraph, turns it into a chocolate bar. I saw it in InStyle and online and had to share it.

Rae Vittorelli founded Cocoagraph – Chocolate Photograph Co. Educated in photography and printmaking, she transferred art into 3D elements and then decided to “explore the world of sugar arts,” according to her website.

In 2011, she combined fashion and photography into chocolate. Vittorelli likens cocoagraphs to “Polaroids made from pure chocolate.”

She had some training in Philadelphia and worked at Philly Cake Art, so this girl has Pennsylvania connections.

Now headquartered in northern California, Cocoagraph uses Guittard Chocolate Co. to make Cocoagraphs in milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate. It even offers gluten-free and organic options. The big draw is customizing your own, but you can buy some of the standard cool photos. The 2-ounce cocoagraphs measure about  3.5 by 3.5 inches. They are individually wrapped. They sell for about$12.50

Click on Cocoagraph for more info. I see gift ideas in the melting — I mean making. I mean eating. And fashion never tasted so good.

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: September 1st, 2013
From left: Linda Stevenson, left, of Fairview Township, speaks during an Athena committee meeting as fellow committee members Kristine Rilling, of McKean, Kelly Byers, of Erie, and Nicole Massari, of Millcreek Township, listen at Moore Research in Millcreek Township on Aug. 19.  ANDY COLWELL/

From left: Linda Stevenson speaks during an Athena committee meeting as fellow committee members Kristine Rilling, Kelly Byers and Nicole Massari listen. ANDY COLWELL/

Every issue of Her Times is inspiring, and we always have more than we can pack into any issue. Here’s some of the fun stuff we couldn’t get in.

At left is a photo of some of the terrific women involved in Athena. I’ve had the pleasure to serve on a planning committee with them, and what a blast. When I meet young, motivated, awe-inspiring women, I often think “Boy, I wasn’t that sure of myself at that age.” Glad the next generation is so confident.


Christine Eddy — photo by Andy Colwell.

Christine Eddy modeled this adorable outfit from her own closet, but we just didn’t have room to get it in the magazine. I want those Naughty Monkey shoes of hers. I wanted them last year, too. I am getting some or something similar. Must have shoes. Must have MORE shoes.

Pa conference on womenWe are running this in our next issue, but it’s so big — soooo big — you need to hear it now.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at 2013 Conference for Women in Philadelphia on November 1. Madeleine Albright, America’s first woman Secretary of State, will also speak. It’s guaranteed to be sold out — it’s only $165 — so visit these websites for more info and reservations: www.paconferenceforwomen.org,  www.twitter.com/#!/PennWomen www.facebook.com/paconferenceforwomen or e-mail jwright@conferenceforwomen.org.

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 of three and GramPam to one.

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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 16th, 2013

nat'l library weekIt’s National Library week, and I remember great times with my kids at many of Erie’s public library locations. We often visited the West Erie Plaza branch, and we were regulars at the Blasco Library on the bayfront.

One celeb that most impresses me with what she has done in regard to reading is Honorary Chair of National Library Week Caroline Kennedy. She has visited schools, throughout the years, and started interesting high school groups with her own book “Poems to Learn by Heart.” Check out the video above.

In Erie, events at Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St., include: Ed Palattella and Jerry Clark (April 18, 7 p.m.); and Holly Jacobs and Nancy Kay (April 18, 2-3:30 p.m.); as well as Debbi Lyon and Sandy Sagala. Call or visit the library’s website for more information on Library Week schedule. Cost: Free. Info: 451-6927, www.erielibrary.org

Ken Springirth, local author of 20 books about railroads and trolley cars, wrote an article for the Erie Times-News that discusses the Darby Public Library, outside Philadelphia. It is the oldest continuously operating public library in the U.S. His article also discusses that the Erie Public Library’s roots on Perry Square date back to Feb. 16, 1899. Read his entire article here.

We went to the library for books, vidoes and much more. Whatever you do this week, grab a few minutes at one of the branches of the public library. I guarantee you will return.

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 and stepmom to three. 


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