About That Woman

thatwoman by Loraine Ritchey contact info
Please note the change in contact information Lorritch7@gmail.com

“It is the principle of the thing”

– No agendas here ( I think????? I will try to be transparent if there are) I will definitely show my biase if need be

I write therefore I am!

I am a product of my life experiences and culture. ….what you see you may not always get ! All writings are based upon the facts I have, my life as it happens from my perspective and are my own personal opinion and perception of situations as they happen to me personally.

30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jill  |  February 2, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Ooooo – I like this!!

  • 2. Jackie, Ron, Mabel  |  April 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm


  • 3. Jerry Beingesser  |  May 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    There’s only one JackieRonMabel in the world. So it has to be the one of which I’m so fond.

    Much love


  • 4. thatwoman  |  May 12, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Yes Jerry and I will forward your comment on – they are all well πŸ™‚

  • 5. Jerry Beingesser  |  May 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I write therefore I am!

    The original is “I drink therefore I am.”

    I read this on the bathroom wall of Ben Harts Showbar. πŸ™‚

  • 6. thatwoman  |  May 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

    actually of course it is ” I think therefore I am ” but since the little “grey cells” are disappearing fast I am not sure who ‘I am” from time to time πŸ™‚

  • 7. Mike Kennedy  |  February 16, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Congratulations Loraine on the “Key to the City” award from
    Mayor Krasienko, and a standing ovatin on top of that!

  • 8. thatwoman  |  February 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks Mike _ so I hear – I haven’t been informed officially but I have had people call and email me – I am sorry that I couldn’t be there but in my battered and bruised emotional state it wasn’t possible.. Loraine

  • 9. Peter  |  March 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    What did you get the award for?

  • 10. thatwoman  |  March 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Peter Potamus πŸ™‚ I am not sure exactly to what you are referring, I have been told I received the Key to the City last month – possibly due to my involvement with Settlers’ Watch but I haven’t been officially given an award as such since I have been a hermit since the death of my son…. . However I would be thrilled to accept it on behalf of all those people that contributed to the project.

  • 11. Peter  |  March 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Congratulations, Lorraine and congratulations also to those who are working alongside you

  • 12. thatwoman  |  March 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks there are so many many terrific people who helped and continue to help in that project as well as other projects that have been taken on by the Charleston Village folk πŸ™‚ and they are ALL Volunteers….. remarkable people….. Loraine

  • 13. Peter  |  March 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I saw the video from the opening of the park. I also have noted your participation in the comments to morning journal editor, tom skoch.

    It’s not fair to single ou Tom Skoch since the CT and Plain Dealer also refuse to comment on it – but their “adult paperboys” who drive their personal automobiles to deliver newspapers are required to carry “commercial insurance”

    Every newspaper that I am aware of refuses to enforce this provision… it would TRIPLE the cost of auto insurance.

    Still, it is indeed the law… part of the .$0.60 per mile deduction the IRS allows them is for carrying “commercial insurance” so the newspapers are turning a blind eye to “tax fraud” and “insurance fraud” by their own (IRS Form 1099) employees.

    The newspapers have no standing to MORALIZE to others in their editorials when they themselves are turning a blind eye to the commission of two crimes within their own midst.

    They would have no automobile paperboys if they enforced the law.

    I like your article on press councils.

    I’ll show you the two comments that Tom has refused to post if you can direct me to a more appropriate thread within this blog

  • 14. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Peter I would post the comments under this blog post since it mentions Tom Skoch and his blog
    just click on that link and go to comments at the end of the post Cheers Loraine

  • 15. Mike Kobylka  |  March 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Loraine:

    Thought of you the other day, and thought I would pop in and say hi. Hope things are getting better for you and your family. You are in our thoughts.


  • 16. thatwoman  |  March 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    No Mike they are worse if anything….. .long story one that is alluded to on this blog actually ……….I wouldn’t pop in unannounced you might find yourself in the middle of one of our emotional meltdowns 😦 and it ain’t pretty … but do call and maybe we can meet up .that is the way I am handling things at the moment .I just gear myself for “outings” and hold on til I come home……

  • 17. stacy  |  August 30, 2010 at 3:13 am

    hello =] i found your blog after googling “viking cremation”, as this is what my husband wants but apparently it isn’t possible. you can have your corpse turned into art, become a coral reef, or be shot into the sky with fireworks, but you can’t be cremated beautifully on a body of water. anyway, your words about your son touched me and i just wanted you to know that. thank you for sharing your soul the way you do.

  • 18. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I know amzing isn’t it the EPA pepbably have a lot to do with it but they should check out the toxicity from Graveyards and what is happening to the earth and the water run off.. I know exploring that aspect in the series on after death opened my eyes…

    thank you for reading….it is a way of dealing —- Loraine

  • 19. welshbabe  |  October 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Hi – found you while googling the Stokes family.
    Not a relative of mine but doing our village histrory we had a Stoke who married a Purser in Pembrokeshire.
    She was Eliza who was born in 1818 – a sister to Adrian the famous homeopath and grt granddaughter of a Thomas Stokes who lived at Stanshawes and is buried in Yate Church.
    The Gloucester Stokes are supposed to be connected to a branch of Stokes in Pembrokeshire but not found the connection yet – fascinating family.

  • 20. thatwoman  |  October 21, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Thanks I am still trying to track down great great grandmother πŸ™‚ haven’t heard back from “stanshawes connection” will try by phone one day see if that helps πŸ™‚

  • 21. Sheela  |  January 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Hi – found you while googling the Stokes family.Not a relative of mine but doing our village histrory we had a Stoke who married a Purser in Pembrokeshire.She was Eliza who was born in 1818 – a sister to Adrian the famous homeopath and grt granddaughter of a Thomas Stokes who lived at Stanshawes and is buried in Yate Church.The Gloucester Stokes are supposed to be connected to a branch of Stokes in Pembrokeshire but not found the connection yet – fascinating family.

  • 22. thatwoman  |  January 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Sheela I haven’t had much time to delve further into the family connection through my grandmother’s connection but there is a visitor to the blog that is doing some research I will link you both up if you so desire Cheers Loraine

  • 23. Barbara Macgregor  |  June 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I hope and pray that each day gets better for you—- it does take time and lots of it to get over losing a son and all you have been through.


  • 24. thatwoman  |  June 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    thanks Barbara -time doesn’t heal – just makes the missing worse – at least in our case

  • 25. Betsy Tozzini  |  April 15, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Very HAPPY to see your Blog! I’d like to share my horrendous experience with Humira…almost killed me. If my daughter didn’t get me to the hospital, I’d be dead. People really need to be aware of what this drug can do to you. It was wonderful for my psoriatic arthritis….absolutely no symptoms, of any kind, until things took an ugly turn on my body. On the bright side, I lost 100 pounds in less than six weeks and I did survive! UGH

  • 26. thatwoman  |  April 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I am so sorry Betsy for what happened to you – thank goodness you have lived to tell the tale and thank you for sharing

  • 27. Grace Arroyo  |  July 19, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Loraine, I just followed you on facebook, found this weblog, and I fell in love with your writing style, the strong woman you are, your life story and the grief you’ve endured, I’ve experience much grief myself since a young girl. You fascinate me, I’ve been reading and reading for over 2 hours, and your story just continues to fascinate me. I hope you write a book. Consider me your newest number 1 fan. God bless you and thank you for sharing and caring. Grace Arroyo, South Lorainite and proud of it.

  • 28. John Horton  |  June 15, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    It appears that the two letters written by Henry Baxtine in the full newspaper article are written by my great grandfather. I have never seen letters written by him. He was born in Germany in 1842. Is amazing he wrote as well as he did in English. He never rose higher than Private in the army. After the battle in Chattanooga, he was an orderly for the rest of the war. His national archives record shows that His unit was in Washington DC on May 24, 1865.
    Do you have any way of putting me in contact with the family with these letters in such a way that I might get copies of letters that Henry wrote? Sincerely John Horton 586-549-2471

  • 29. peggy Johnson  |  June 1, 2022 at 3:30 am

    I like your writing style. Well done.

  • 30. thatwoman  |  June 1, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Thank you

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