In the span of over fifteen years, clinical psychologist Naomi B. Patterson contributed an ongoing column to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Originally conceived as a recurring feature for senior citizens under the banner "Second Spring," Patterson's topics quickly overran their supposed golden-years boundaries to cover an entertaining melange of topics, including childrearing, holidays, contemporary social issues, and fainting goats. Her approach was personal and often included her own reminiscences -- about childhood experiences, college life, motherhood, and even the embarrassing yet colorful pet deaths that occurred in her family. Assembled together for the first time, these essays provide a glimpse into the unique, humorous, poignant, and insightful mind of an extraordinary woman and deeply talented writer.
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About the Author
Naomi B. Patterson (1934-2012) was a clinical psychologist, clinician, and public speaker as well as the author of three published books of poetry, well over one hundred fifty newspaper columns, and many other writings. She won numerous prizes for both her prose and poetry in state and national competitions from organizations such as the Kansas Authors Club and American Pen Women. She received a special award of achievement from the Kansas Authors Club and was a 2005 recipient of a 2005 Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2014, "Second Spring," a complete collection of her newspaper columns for the Topeka Capital-Journal, becomes available to the public -- over 160 essays on a diversity of topics, marked by Patterson's unique combination of gentle insight and sharp wit.