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Pat Jocelyn

Pat Jocelyn worked at IBM for 28 years where she held several staff and managerial positions and taught management and employee development classes. After her retirement, she started a second career in journalism and has won several Florida Press Club awards for her insightful and heartfelt feature writing.
If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

Story and Photos: Pat Jocelyn If you have seen the Blue Collar Comedy Tour—popular in the early 2000s and starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy—you know the majority of their comedy routines were based on some exaggerated form of real-life experiences. They were successful because everyone in the audience could relate to their jokes. Overbearing mothers-in-law, embarrassing bodily function mishaps, and…
We cannot give what we do not have

We cannot give what we do not have

Like most folks in The Villages, when I think of Feb. 14, I think about love. It’s a time we celebrate loving relationships—relationships that sustain us and provide us with affection, companionship, devotion, joy, and pleasure. Story: Pat Jocelyn Villager and professional life coach Barbara Kenyon says we often forget to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the most important love relationship of all—the one we…
Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Story: Pat Jocelyn About five years ago I thought I’d (excuse the pun) try my hand at pickleball. It was a match made in heaven and everything I loved about a competitive sport—fast, challenging and good exercise, and I was actually pretty good at it. I played for six months, and on a very warm, humid morning and after playing three games, though hot and…

It’s All About Choices

Story: Pat Jocelyn I’ve lived in The Villages for more than 10 years and have noticed something a little peculiar; some might say unsettling. There aren’t any cemeteries in our community. You’d also be hard pressed to find a funeral home. Sure, there are some of those businesses hugging the outskirts of The Villages like static-cling on a wool dress but none (to my knowledge)…
A Place To Call Home

A Place To Call Home

The familiar adage “birds of a feather flock together” works well when referring to how people with similar experiences find a true bond when they’re together. For many veterans, including those recently returned stateside, that proverb often helps facilitate a successful re-integration into civilian life and may be a key part of the soldier’s survival. Veterans will tell you there’s something validating and comforting about…
A Widow Asks Why?

A Widow Asks Why?

the fIFTH in our series focusing on issues facing local veterans My husband died June 16, 2014,” Pam Hunt says in a voice that reflects both pain and weariness. “We’re never going to know [what happened], which I think is part of the added frustration with losing somebody to suicide.” According to Pam, the evening of her husband’s suicide was like any other. “When my…
Horses: A Mirror To The Soul

Horses: A Mirror To The Soul

THE FOURTH IN OUR SERIES FOCUSING ON ISSUES FACING LOCAL VETERANS Rob Simison is a combat veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Standing perfectly still, with his arms outstretched and raised to shoulder level, he is concentrating. His legs are spread wide, his head slightly tilted to one side, and his eyes are following the unruly behavior of a horse on the…
When coming home isn’t as easy as hoped

When coming home isn’t as easy as hoped

THE THIRD IN OUR SERIES FOCUSING ON ISSUES FACING LOCAL VETERANS It’s a sure bet the men and women who served in the armed forces look forward to their homecoming day with great anticipation. However, the thrill of being home often deflates once the soldier begins struggling to adjust to an environment not ruled by military schedules and duties and the support of fellow service…

Veterans An Untapped Resource

One of two veterans will likely face a period of unemployment and the problem is escalating at a disturbing rate. During the next five years, more than 200,000 military men and women will transition into civilian life—each year. That translates to overburdening a system already broken and unable to provide the necessary assistance to veterans striving to reenter civilian workplaces. The statistics are alarming. According…
Celebrating Dad

Celebrating Dad

Like many Villagers, my father is no longer with me. But in my memories? Well, that’s another story. Decades ago, I was lucky enough to have my memory banks filled to overflowing with vignettes of picnics in the country, baseball games played in a nearby meadow, and tip-toeing around my father as he snored a Sunday afternoon away on the couch. My dad was a…
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