Magazine / Off the Beaten Path

  • ​Tiny Dancers…

    Pam Pollock
    July 2019
    I was sitting in a crowded (and hot) auditorium last night along with hundreds of other proud parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and aunts and uncles. We were anxiously waiting for the stars of the show to come onto the stage. Yes, it was da...
  • ​I’m As Free As A Bird…

    Pam Pollock
    June 2019
    It’s hard to believe but in a few short weeks, I will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of my graduation from high school. And trust me, I have been celebrating that graduation every day for the past 40 years. Our senior class “theme” song ...
  • ​Winter Is Here…

    Pam Pollock
    May 2019
    *Minor GOT spoilers ahead* Now, let me explain…. I know that what felt like an endless winter and its Polar Vortex is (hopefully) finally over for this year. But, for Game of Thrones fans, winter has just arrived after a very long 17 months of wait...
  • ​Is This The Real World – Or Is This Just Fantasy?!

    Pam Pollock
    April 2019
    It’s been what can only be described as “an endless winter” this year. I have been knocked down with two bouts of bronchitis, double ear infections and sinusitis. I was also felled by a nasty stomach virus and I have taken several falls on the...
  • ​Sky Wheelies, Ridin’ The Wave, Pogos and Burn Outs! AKA Our First Ever Monster Jam Truck Show!

    Pam Pollock
    March 2019
    Back in the late fall, I maybe, kind of, sorta got my not-quite-2-years-old grandson hooked on monster trucks. I don’t even know how that happened, but it did. Soon we were watching Blaze and the Monster Machines DVDs and perusing the toy aisles...
  • ​In The Blink Of An Eye…

    Pam Pollock
    February 2019
    I was recently walking in the parking lot of my local post office when I noticed an elderly lady (probably in her 80s), ahead of me. She had a package in one hand and her purse in the other hand. For a lack of a better description, she was slowly ...
  • ​Best Gift Ever!

    Pam Pollock
    January 2019
    Many of you have been following my journey as a grandparent (or Gaga, as the grandkids call me) over the past six years. My heart exploded with love and pride when my first grandchild, Mackenna arrived six years ago on December 29th. I was worried...
  • ​In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind…

    Pam Pollock
    December 2018
    The end to Daylight Savings Time occurred almost 2 weeks ago. I will state, for the record, that I despise the time change. I hate the fact that the sky is completely dark before 5:30 in the evening. It’s still dark at 7:00 am because of the sho...
  • XPO Logistics to Deploy 5,000 Collaborative Warehouse Robots in North America and Europe

    November 2018
    Intelligent automation improves worker productivity and speeds distribution GREENWICH, Conn. — October 3, 2018 —XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, today announced p...
  • ​And They Call It Puppy Love…

    Pam Pollock
    November 2018
    For the past seven months our house had been exceptionally quiet – it was almost like the proverbial tale of “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” The silence was almost deafening. There was no barking during the day at the door to...
  • ​Life’s A Beach…

    Pam Pollock
    October 2018
    I admit it – I am a hopeless romantic at heart, a daydreamer, a Hallmark Channel Movie groupie and an avid Pinterest pinner. I like to walk in the rain and catch snowflakes on my tongue and I believe in fairies. One of my favorite things to do is ...
  • ​Take This iMac And That iMac And That iMac And That MacBook Pro And That iPad And That iPhone and The iCloud And Shove It…

    Pam Pollock
    September 2018
    It’s no secret that I am not an electronics savvy person. I can muddle along and fake that I possess a smidgen of knowledge about iPhones and computers. But I don’t. I really, really don’t. Back in May, my very, very old iMac bit the dust as...
  • ​Musings On A Sunny Saturday Morning…

    Pam Pollock
    August 2018
    It’s Saturday morning on yet another deadline weekend. I have the entire August issue of Movin’ Out done – except for, you guessed it, my column. I have about half a dozen topics running through my head but I can’t pick which one to start w...
  • ​Thanking My Vet

    Pam Pollock
    July 2018
    To a little girl, your Daddy is always your Hero and as you age, those thoughts never change. My Dad worked very long hours to provide for our family, often working 2 jobs to make ends meet. His love shines through for us in all that he does. You p...
  • ​You Wear It Well…

    Pam Pollock
    June 2018
    It’s a pretty well known fact that I like to bust my spouse’s stones. I do so whenever the occasion presents itself. I especially like to rub his nose in the fact that he is 3 years older than me. Steve turned SIXTY the first of May and of cou...
  • ​You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls…(AKA The Column Where I Get To Complain About EVERYTHING)

    Pam Pollock
    May 2018
    My daughter recently informed me (and a roomful of family members) that I have no filter. I actually do have a filter – but sometimes I choose to turn it off. It’s true, I do have a tendency to speak my mind and sometimes I just can’t sugarco...
  • ​You Were My Favorite Hello – And My Hardest Goodbye…

    Pam Pollock
    April 2018
    Preface: I’ve always wished I could cry prettily like Demi Moore’s character in Ghost. She is all misty-eyed and then a single teardrop streams down her face. I am an ugly crier. My face distorts and my nose turns red. My chest heaves and I m...
  • ​This Isn’t Real Life…

    Pam Pollock
    March 2018
    I got hit with that nasty stomach virus four days ago, right in the absolute middle of my crunch time deadline. Today is the first time that I have felt semi-human. For the 1st 37 hours, if I wasn’t running to the bathroom, (I know TMI), I was zo...
  • ​So This Is Love…

    Pam Pollock
    February 2018
    Cinderella found true love whilst dancing at the ball with her Prince Charming – just before the clock struck midnight and she had to make that mad dash down the staircase. She and her Prince even sang about it: So this is love, mmm So this is lo...
  • ​In A Field Of Horses – YOU Are A Unicorn!

    Pam Pollock
    January 2018
    We celebrated my Mom’s 80th Birthday five days ago with a family party. Of course I had to have a theme. (Birthday parties ALWAYS require a theme!) I didn’t want to do just an “80” theme – I want something to convey just how special and m...