About Patricia Schudy

 

“You must be an oldest daughter.  No one else would think about doing this.”

That line came in an email I received while writing a book about oldest daughters.

The writer guessed correctly.  I am one of an unknown number of oldest daughters.  Even the Census Bureau doesn’t know how many of us there are.

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I am the oldest of five siblings.  As an adult and with my husband, I became a parent of three sons and two daughters.  A bit later that expanded to include eight grandchildren.

I am also a writer.  The journalistic type.  I write

  • for the joy of using words for their sounds and for the way –when when you string them together– they can create pictures, provoke thoughts and arouse emotions
  • to establish and feel the connections between myself and the reader of my book or blog or article
  • to talk about things that I see as relevant in my life and those around me
  • to share people’s stories
  • to hopefully help make others’ lives better

At age 15 I knew the fun, the joy, the thrill of writing a story for my high-school newspaper—and having readers respond.

For more than three decades I wrote bylined (by Pat Schudy) features in regional and national newspapers and magazines.  For several years I  “talked with” the population of young people from ages 12-22  in nationally syndicated advice columns,  (“Talk to Us” and “Let’s Talk,” Universal Press Syndicate).

Recognizing the needs of young people across all socio-economic situations took me away from journalism for a few years.  I worked as a youth advocate, including co-founding and directing a regional nonprofit youth-information network and phone line and later as a college tutor for learning-challenged students.

I’ve since returned to the field of writing–a book and blogs. Find updates on the News on the home page under “Book.”

When I am not immersed in family and writing, I grab my camera and head out to capture the beauty I find in individuals and nature.  I’ve also been told I make really good cookies.

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About the icon

At the top of each page on this website is a small icon.  It is one of a series of three copyrighted images I asked Chicago artist Ann Marie Riederer Greenberg to create. (www.annmariegreenbergartwork.com) It represents in a small way, my alter ego.