Patricia Prijatel

Writer, Reader, Watcher

I have helped motivate, support, and challenge others for the better part of three decades in the classroom and through the written word. I am a problem-solver and an optimist (usually); my philosophy is that we can tackle just about anything as long as we have the right tools, which include education and hope. I do my best to supply those.

Through it all, I try to help people make sense of things, to encourage them on whatever journey they embark on, and to be a friend.  My last name, by the way, is the Slovenian word for friend. 

I like spinning tales so much that when I retired from teaching at Drake University, they created the Patricia Prijatel Storyteller Award for students who create “journalism that informs and inspires.”

The mountain pictured above is my healer, the East Spanish Peak in Southern Colorado. My family has a sweet little homemade cabin at its base, from which this photo was taken during a fiery summer sunset. In 2013 the fire became a bit too real when the mountain burned in the East Peak Fire. Check out my blog for more photos of the mountain and the after-effects of the fire. Through replanting, erosion control, and clean-up, I am now trying to heal my healer. I think that’s a metaphor for my life.