Clarice Orr

Before World War II when I was a little girl on a farm in south central South Dakota, 3:30 was a sacred time in the afternoon. Mom stopped whatever she was doing and sat down in front of our battery operated radio in the dining room and listened to “The Neighbor Lady” at WNAX, Yankton, 970 on the dial. “The Neighbor Lady” gave household hints that listeners had mailed in, she read recipes and a little poetry; advertised Perfex, Three Daughters Deodorant, and wool quilt blocks among other things.

Cathy Blythe is The Neighbor Lady of my generation. She compiles recipes into cookbooks–including slow cooking and microwaving–not heard of in my girlhood. Household hints continue to include spot removers but we hear from experts like the Queen of Clean. Cathy chats with librarians about new books and she interviews notables about family and relationship issues. We even can get an appraisal from the experts of the old china and “stuff” we had when I was a girl.

Cathy is like your Neighbor Lady. She makes life easier–and more interesting–when we turn to Problems & Solutions.

She has a permanent smile in her voice; she makes everyone feel like her best friend. She answers every telephone question, no matter how silly or serious, with respect for the caller. Cathy is a kind, gentle interviewer. Several times we have talked on the air about my books,The Joy of Grandparenting and The Joy of Grandma’s Cooking or my talks on family life or “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” Cathy’s listeners are loyal and have long memories. Although these interviews took place years ago, I am amazed that when meeting new folks, they often remark that they remember hearing me on KFOR with Cathy Blythe. I have sold many books and continue to have requests for talks resulting from those interviews. There have also been heartwarming contacts.

Cathy is like your Neighbor Lady. She makes life easier–and more interesting–when we turn to Problems & Solutions.

Love, Joy and Peace.
Clarice Orr

Author of The Joy Of Grandparenting and The Joy of Grandma’s Cooking
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