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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.
Florida Veterans: A Population at Risk

Florida Veterans: A Population at Risk

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports that Florida has the third largest veteran population in the nation—1.6 million strong. That’s 12 percent of the state’s population 18 and older. Ironically, it’s that same population that is in trouble—big trouble.…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is <em>Always</em> a Pleasure

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is Always a Pleasure

Administrative Professionals Day is April 27. It was once called Secretary’s Day. When I saw this online, it caused me to pause and think about all of the people, both administrative and other support personnel, that we as Villagers interact…
Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

PHOTOS: Pat Jocelyn+Fred Lopez Call it intuition, or a God thing, but when Villager Sandy Jensen saw a short blurb in the newspaper about an upcoming fundraiser for Villagers for Veterans, a local nonprofit that helps critically injured veterans, she…
MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

PHOTO: Pat Jocelyn Rob Newton knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster when he was growing up in the Ozarks, listening to local disc jockey Mark Foster. It wasn’t until years later the Missouri native had his first opportunity…
IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s an annual day that recognizes women around the world for their social achievements and political and economic contributions. For me, it’s not just about national or international notables receiving accolades. It’s also about…
MEET A VILLAGER: John Thomstatter

MEET A VILLAGER: John Thomstatter

There are more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida; 515,110 of them are Vietnam-era vets according to the United State Department of Veterans Affairs. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1036 estimates that at least 17,000 veterans currently reside…
It’s all about the children—The Children of the Forest

It’s all about the children—The Children of the Forest

“There’s this 13-year-old girl whose family took off with her because she got pregnant,” Pastor David Houck said. “Nobody knows who the father is but rumor has it, it’s her brother. So they took off to avoid the authorities. In…
IN THE VILLAGES: Thank you for being my friend

IN THE VILLAGES: Thank you for being my friend

I’ve lived in Central Florida for 11 years—eight of them in The Villages. Throughout the years, I have been lucky enough to meet hundreds of people who made a lasting impression on me and changed the way I live my…
Love  Doesn’t Have Labels

Love Doesn’t Have Labels

Villagers Chris Benvenuto and her wife, Katie Green, have been together for 18 years—married for two years. Both had successful careers—Chris in the military and Katie in interior design. Their marriage is a strong and loving one, and like other…
IN THE VILLAGES: My Favorite Charitable Organizations

IN THE VILLAGES: My Favorite Charitable Organizations

This time of year charitable organizations need our help more than ever. Food pantry shelves need to be restocked, children’s clothing and toys need to be distributed, and the lonely need companionship—the list goes on and on. I’ve had the…
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