Friday, April 07, 2006

Art of Gracious Living # 17

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Writing a bio this week caused me to consider what we choose to share with the world at large. Bios tend to be a recitation of facts, but have very little about who we really are.

To really connect with others, we must give them enough information to know something about us as a person beyond where we went to school and what we do for a living.

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The bio that got me thinking:

Patsy joined the Hutchinson club in 2003 and was the Retention Committee co-chair in 2004-2006. During that time she created an event that resulted in more than a dozen new members. She has attended all conventions and conferences.

Patsy�s BA is from the University of Kentucky in Communications, with emphasis in journalism and telecommunication and a minor in psychology. She is Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. Previously she worked as a journalist, broadcaster, editor, writer, and public relations and marketing professional, which encompassed being a graphic designer, special event planner, ad designer, webmaster, and public speaker. Her experience includes radio, television, newspapers, ad agencies and foundations.

She currently serves on the boards of Horizons Mental Health Center, Arts and Humanities Commission and Community Health Coalition. She also serves on the Kansas State Suicide Prevention Task Force and the National MHA�s Branding Committee.

Patsy can often be found creating art in her studio, working on her 100 year old home, researching genealogy, collecting rocks, studying ancient Egypt, journaling or cooking. She loves to entertain and hosts regular gatherings in her home. Patsy also loves to travel - finding American roadside kitsch or treasures abroad. She creates two weekly podcasts, writes a monthly magazine column, helps organize an annual family reunion, and does occasional voice work, freelance writing, web and graphic design. She also chronicles her life in a blog at

She has worked on projects for the Kentucky State Oral History Commission, CBS and NPR and been published in The India Times as well as various newspapers around the U.S. Her photography and other artwork pieces have been in a number of exhibits.

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