Patti Marrs Magill
I am a retired Corporate Flight Attendant, pursuing a career in writing and commercial ad. I have 4 adult children, grandchildren, and live in California. I am one semester away from finsihing my college degree I started 45 years ago!
Over the Hill, or Under Appreciated?
Over the Hill or Under Appreciated? Senior citizens, retirees, the elderly, the golden years, grandparent, etc. Do these terms bring to your mind a particular stereotype? Do you picture walkers and wheelchairs, grey hair and wrinkles, a burden on family and society, expendable or unnecessary? For a moment, I want you to instead picture these adjectives for the group of people I have mentioned; active, experienced, wise, knowledgeable, reliable, needed, wanted and appreciated. I am a single woman over 60, and sometimes I feel I am being put in a box with those negative descriptions. I am not just a senior citizen; I am an active and vital part of my family and my community. For many senior citizens, these years can mark the beginning of a new chapter in their lives that will enrich not only themselves, but the very world that would label them as unnecessary.
What's So Funny?
What’s So Funny? Television Comedy by Generation Television situational comedies and comedy sketch shows are designed to please a particular demographic. The shows with the most longevity are time relevant to the audience for which it is written. The writers success is measured by whether or not they have moved their audience to laughter. But why is it funny? What makes the audience laugh? One may argue that we are born with a degree of what appeals to us comedically, or perhaps we laugh at what our parents have told us is funny and what they laugh at. But when you analyze the formats of popular comedy television shows, we begin to see they are a result of the environment in which we are surrounded, both familial and societal. And what each generation finds humorous has and will continue to change with each generation.
The Wedding Cake
Amanda loved her job designing and decorating the perfect wedding cake for the perfect wedding. Weeks away from her and David's own wedding, it was the thing that kept her focused and not stressing out about all of the other details and minutia that a wedding entails.
Bring Back the Glamour
Downton Abby did more than reawaken my love for tea time. It reminded me of how much I loved the fashions of the 1920’s. We called them the roaring 20’s, but why can’t the new century have its own “roaring 20’s”? We are, after all, we are living the 20’s…..just a century later.
Ships in Bottles
Abby never gave much thought to how her life would end. She was, afterall, only 16...she only knew that she would not mind if it ended sooner rather later. 16 years would not seem like the time to think of death, not to most people anyway. But Abby already lived a lifetime. A lifetime of pain and abandoment. Her best years, her ONLY good years, were those spent with Papa Mac.
Returning to San Francisco after 10 years away was an adventure Patricia had looked forward to. Now that all the unpacking was done, and new furniture in place, she could settle in and enjoy her new apartment. After completing her first full week at her new job as a personal assistant, she strolled past all the big name shops they didn't have in the last town she called home. She went into one of her favorites and bought a set of crystal wine glasses as a reward for accomplishing so much in a short amount of time. She was looking forward to pouring the bottle of Wandering Giants merlot she treated herself to. She was not only a fan of merlot, but also the baseball team, so it seemed the perfect match for her first weekend back in the city by the bay.