A Balanced Life
A Balanced Life, published by All Things That Matter Press in 2018, is a lyrical memoir that uses ice skating as a metaphor for life. From the dreary afternoon when her uncle brought her a pair of second-hand skates to the present, Patricia has pursued skating, a sport for which she has no apparent talent. Linking each chapter to a specific aspect of skating, Patricia probes the nature of loss, time, athleticism, and commitment. Told in a recursive style, much like skating itself as well as memory, she examines her childhood, young marriage, motherhood, career and maturation through loss and recovery. The book continues to the present, when, in her seventies, she's still skating and still trying to get her life in balance.