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Comments by Bill Northup on Friday, February 10, 2006 at 11:20 IP Logged IP Logged
I really enjoyed the "To the Hills and Back" article. My best friend has decided to leave civilization (Slidell) to go live in the hills (Arkansas). He doesn't know how "citified" and sophisticated he has become. I suspect that he will go through all the things that you have described so well. HA! I loved the story.
Slidell, LA

Comments by Grace on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 at 07:02 IP Logged IP Logged
I, too, read "To the Hills and Back" in AARP, and enjoyed it. My husband and I are natives of the hills of West Virginia. Both of us left WV in the '50s, he to join the Navy and I to experience city life and, hopefully, to find the man of my dreams. After 29 years in CA, I returned to the WV hills in 1985. I can't speak for the natives of the NC hills, but the first thing that struck me was that West Virginians were no slouches! On my first visit to the nearby mall at Bluefield, I observed that almost every woman shopper was dressed up! I loved my life back in the hills. I left there after the death of my then-husband only because I was re-married to a wonderful man whose home was here. We knew each other as children in WV, so we have our "hillbilly" background and similar upbringing in common, which makes for a lot of wonderful memories and great conversation during our golden years together!
West Tennessee

Comments by Roger Garten on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:22 IP Logged IP Logged
I'm still laughing about "To Hills and Back" in AARP (Jan/Feb 2006). I was born in West Virginia but left for the Navy in 1964. I soon ended up in California at the end of 4 years of Naval service. Apparently NC isn't that far from WV, culturally speaking! Even through the haze of a lot of years, I can ever so clearly hear my grandmother saying "Ya'll shudn'a done that", although she usually meant we should not have been misbehaving! Whether true or slightly embellished, it is, nonetheless, a wonderful story. Thank you.
Lake Forest, CA

Comments by Meyressa Schoonmaker on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 09:32 IP Logged IP Logged
I loved your short story in AARP Jan&Feb 2006," To Hills and Back." The title does not reflect how interesing and funny the story is. I know memoirs can be fictional, but I took most of it as true and being from NC , having lived in the country and city, also owning a house at the coast, in a hurricane endangered location, I laughed a lot.
Winston-Salem, NC

Comments by Albert on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:29 IP Logged IP Logged
Excellent site, very helpfull, thank you for sharing, keep up the fine effort and excellent job.

Comments by Pat Gill on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 09:30 IP Logged IP Logged
Enjoyed your retirement story in the latest issue of AARP Magazine. I am 67 and still work full time. I don't let myself think about retirement yet.

Comments by Jan Robinson on Monday, January 09, 2006 at 21:25 IP Logged IP Logged
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed "To Hills and Back". I am looking forward to reading more of your works!
Albany, Ga

Comments by George on Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 09:24 IP Logged IP Logged
Hello ... Enjoyed "To Hills And Back" (The AARP Magazine, Jan/Feb 2006). Very pleasant reading. The magazine article also introduced me to this website; I just got here, but it looks like a site I will enjoy visiting often.
Milford CT

Comments by Susan Harmon on Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 16:04 IP Logged IP Logged
I thoroughly enjoyed your story in AARP, To Hills and Back. My husband and I moved from Kentucky to Florida in 2004 just in time for the 4 hurricanes. I still have a difficult time adjusting to this wonderful area but I ain't giving up. Every day I find some exciting and new to appreciate. Thanks again for the giggles.

Comments by Jeri WOODFILL on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 13:20 IP Logged IP Logged
read yor articale in our AARP mag, about yor adventure of moving to the NC Mountains, luv it. You guys always have a had time adjusting to something diff. lol u r so funny. I luv your writing and plan on getting a couple of books of yours,if thats ok eith U. lol
Crystal,Minn (sub of MPLS)

Comments by Tom Newman on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 08:52 IP Logged IP Logged
Dear Pat:
My wife actually reads the AARP magazine and neither of us like anchovies that much.
Last night she made me sit while she read a story to me from the magazine called “To the Hills and Back.” We both enjoyed the story immensely. Interestingly, we also are Fort Lauderdale residents and just purchased a home in Murphy, NC. Your story leads us to believe that your cabin was not too far from the Murphy area--Walmart was the clue.
Our plan is to use it as a summer home and keep our home here in Fort Lauderdale, so, it is not too difficult to understand why we enjoyed your article so much.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Tom Newman
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Comments by Jere Warren on Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 10:08 IP Logged IP Logged
Dear Pat: Damn I'm glad you're back. Was bicycling by and saw For Sale sign, felt the town wouldn't be the same without you. It's been a mystery since then, till the lovely little piece in AARP. Wilma's gone, trees are growing back, Pat's back...all's well. Thanks.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Comments by NED BRIDGES on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 19:25 IP Logged IP Logged
Both my wife & I just readTo Hills and Back, and ended up rolling on the floor. We moved to Pensacola two years ago from the D.C. suburbs after I retired from a 47 year career in the DoD. I too have seen my beautiful bride in boots & gloves, yeilding a chain saw, tilling up raised garden beds, hauling planting soil, fertilizer, and more rose bushes than anyone should have in one yard. I built the beds and she filled and nursed them -- through scalding hot & humid summer days, fighting aphids, bees, and black spot. The vegetable garden never made it past the first two weeks. We have now made it through IVAN (direct hit). Katrina, Rita and assorted tropical storms have only brushed us enough to tear-up the garden again.
We, like you, have had it and are heading out of "The Panhandle" and back to civilization---- somewhere!!
Thanks for helping us come to our senses.
Merry Christmas,
Ned Bridges

Comments by Richard Milanesi on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 17:33 IP Logged IP Logged
I enjoyed your piece"To Hills and Back"in the AARP Mag. It was the first article I went to and with intense interest. I did not want the adventure to end.You and Susan seem to have lived a fantasy shared by more than a few of us. I look forward to reading your stories.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,
Richard Milanesi (formerly NYC)
Santa Monica,CA

Comments by Joe D'Agostin on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 05:23 IP Logged IP Logged
I still have one Marathon in me and 9 innings og catching left---can you give me two innings
until I get your e-mail address send reply with "subject-GIL HODGES" ; read article on your dad
in NY times a few years ago--all the best-Happy Holidays-Am grand-dad twice--JOEY/CARLY
BOTH 4/14
Norwalk, CT.

Comments by Judy Teel on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 20:28 IP Logged IP Logged
OMG!! I had decided to become Annie Oakley and retire, as a single divorced woman, to the mountains somewhere... Arkansas or the Carolinas. Been looking on the Internet and dreaming. I have a fresh new outlook after reading your article about doing something so crazy. So now I'm thinking Mexico.
Dallas, Texas

Comments by Dave McDaniel on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 16:58 IP Logged IP Logged
Concerning the stupid AARP thing. It is hard to imagine why you felt it necessary to portray the people of North Carolina as hicks. The point that really comes across is that you are a pussy and a jerk. I just bet you have a lot of unpublished stuff.
Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Comments by Elaine Carlesco on Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 10:21 IP Logged IP Logged
I loved reading "To Hills and Back". I loved it because I lived it. I lived ln the far west end of N.C., in the Smokies. I too had visited and vacationed in the mountains for a few years. Than we moved there permanantly. I did talk radio and got a job there. Life was very different than what I was accustomed to as a city girl, but I learned to love it. I am back in Florida and still miss the vacations there but not living there anymore. I miss the garden. I miss the golden delicious apple trees, I miss doing canning. I miss some of the friends I made and still communicate with some of them. I hope one day to go back to VISIT. I don't miss their backwoods attitude toward women. We come after the hound dog, his gun, his fishing pole and his beer and pick-up truck. IN THAT ORDER.
Plantation, Florida

Comments by Dave on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 10:25 IP Logged IP Logged
Just read "To Hills and Back." Excellent, clean, controlled writing. Thanks for being so generous with your insights.
Norf'k, VA

Comments by Anne Cotrupi on Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:18 IP Logged IP Logged
To Hills and Back is a great story. I know your area, FtL well, as my daughters live in the area. It helps me understand why we'd rather visit than live there, and why they'd rather live there than visit there. I'll be reading more of your work as I really enjoyed the story.

Comments by Denise on Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 13:03 IP Logged IP Logged
Really enjoyed "To Hills and Back". I'll be sharing the story with friends :-)
White Lake NY

Comments by GailSusan on Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 08:42 IP Logged IP Logged
I just read your article, "To Hills and Back" in the AARP magazine and enjoyed it tremendously. You have the clearest and most honest writing voice of anyone.
Bridgeport, CT

Comments by Guorge on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 11:16 IP Logged IP Logged
Excellent site, very helpfull, thank you for sharing, keep up the fine effort and excellent job. Thanks a million :) :) :)

Comments by mitch lutzke on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 15:11 IP Logged IP Logged
nice site patty! i think i will have to break down and spend some money on you. miss you guys hope all is well. sameo sameo here crime is rampant and the kids are all fine for once. talk to you soon mitch
portland maine

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