First Words

Find my niche – that is what well meaning people have said to me when writing my first blog post.  Find a niche.  Well, if that is the case, my niche is writing – my goal is to write for readers who are, like myself, searching to become a better writer.  To explore the journey of the words we are touched by and hopefully touch someone else.

I have always loved to write, but I had thought it more a personal experience.  A way of venting, or sharing when there was no one else to share with.  To write poetry of love to someone I had not even met.  To jot down inspirational pieces, song lyrics, and fortune cookie messages – to remember and save for – – – I don’t know what!  But saved each and every one.

When I was the director of The Giving Tree Day Care, I wrote a journal entry every day for every child.  The idea being if I had to leave my child while I went to work, I would want to know what did they do, eat, ‘say’, what were they focused on? How they played and with who?  Did they say anything cute, or funny, smart or sassy?  One day I thought I’d gather all the notes books over the years and have a wonderful book.  That was before a water pipe broke in our home, knocking a bookcase down and flooding the room with six inches of water.  All the pages turned to pulp.  It was heartbreaking.  Save one that miraculously stayed dry.  I gave it to the mother of that child.

I ask you dear reader, to take a moment or two, look at my authors statement, About me – what Defines me – and share a moment or two of your day with me.

My hope is to touch on interesting subjects, thoughts, ideas, nonsense, humor, maybe a recipe and craft my words into healing instruments, inspirational moments, silliness when we need to giggle.  All the while developing the craft to take me farther than a journal, past a college literary piece, beyond the occasional newspaper or magazine article.  To test me – teach me – enrich me – and share it with you along the way.

Breathe Deep, Think Peace

Patty

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About Patty Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would walk Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, ride horses, reading comic books and played with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Queens. When rent climbed higher than her salary she working for a defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was fondly "held hostage by two year olds!" Writing every day for in a notebook for each child to keep communication open and flowing to the families. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with sever carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her passion for words. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. As well as participating in the Learning to See poetry programs offered at the local library. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Presently living in Westchester New York Patricia lives with her husband of 29 years, two daughters – both attending college and grad school and a dear college friend – all under the roof of a little cape cod. Its snug – but the laughter and support is rich and full! Patricia is working on her first novel with her editor, with hopes and dreams and fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2015. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Perhaps it will help you find your brave, and if writing is in your soul - to join her. Share your stories and maybe together we will unravel some of the complexities of this life. To heal, hope and learn what we can from one another, in the time we have. To listen and hear one another's stories. Breathe Deep, Think Peace Patty
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4 Responses to First Words

  1. Love that your finding your brave! great piece! I look forward to reading many more.

    • Patty Young says:

      Hey Scott! Thank YOU so much! YOU are one of my inspirations in this journey, that anything is possible and if you put commitment and perseverance together you cannot help but succeed! I’m still working on that waist line – needless to say I can type faster than I can run! One step at a time – one day at a time – there is NO finish line 🙂

  2. Donna Rosengren says:

    You did it! Good for you! BTW,what is that white stuff in the photo?

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