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Patricia

About Patricia

I’m a native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. I raised 4 great kids and now have 9 grandchildren. I’m experiencing the greatest chapter of my life right now. I’m blessed beyond words, and so grateful for each day. I’ve been with the O’Connor Family for the past 19 years and have counted it one of my deepest joys and greatest accomplishments. Never did I realize that a passion could become a profession. I have come to believe that serving others, in whatever capacity, gives me a sense of purpose. It has also given me the opportunity to meet incredible healthcare professionals as well as myriads of selfless volunteers. And out of those relationships have come deep, meaningful friendships. We all have an opportunity to do good work. My goal is to create trusting relationships. My desire is to know that what I have done matters. I sum this up with a quote by Norm Henderson . . . “I want to plant trees under whose shade I may not sit”.

The Legacy Keeper

The Legacy Keeper: A Celebrant’s Gift to Me My brother Jim had died on February 19th just over a month ago. The Sunday after my family gathered on that warm afternoon to share all of the stories we had accumulated … Continue reading

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The Latte that Changed My Thanksgiving

  I was with my daughter a couple of weeks ago, driving my 3 Grandchildren to school. On the way I asked if we could stop at Starbucks and get a Latte. We had a few extra minutes, so she … Continue reading

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Filling the Newest Job at O’Connor: Family Care

 – A Special Journey Mercies Entry –  Being a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 9, I have come to believe that I have a pretty good handle on caring for my family.  Today my relationships with my children … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Welcome to Holland

Journey Mercies . . . Welcome to Holland She arrived with the usual fanfare, a normal, easy delivery . . . mom and dad crying tears of joy, Aunt Kari on hand, and me taking photos as fast as my … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas

Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas Just when the air turns colder and the days shrink into darkness, the Christmas season arrives.  It begins at Thanksgiving – with families, feast and football.  Then, during the next few … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Every Recipe Tells a Story

Journey Mercies . . . Every Recipe Tells a Story We all know what recipes are . . . they’re guides that help us be creative and try something new.  They teach us to follow directions, make us feel like … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee beautifully wrote . . . I found this to be the case as I learned more about Barry Petersen. November is National … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall There’s a change coming, a really comfortable change. I love the fall and when I was a kid fall meant the start of school and seeing my friends again. Halloween was coming … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Life’s Lessons

Journey Mercies . . .  Life’s Lessons When do “life lessons” begin and when do they end?  From the time we are born our days are filled with rules and regulations.  Do’s and don’ts that are supposed to make our … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Leaving Home

Journey Mercies . . . Leaving Home The thought of leaving home wasn’t something I wanted to think about, nor was it something I figured I would ever have to do.  I was 60 years old and had lived in … Continue reading

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