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Sisters by association are a blessing

I am an only child by birth, but I have a wealth of “chosen sisters.” Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing lunch with five of them.

Linda Brinkworth is my walking partner, a person I can talk to without a filter and one I would call at 4 a.m.

Patsy Lucas I met in 1992. When I think of Patsy, I am reminded of a quote by C.S. Lewis. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.”

Judy Mee is a fellow psychotherapist I met in 1993 when I hired her to take over the reins of Calm Waters as executive director. We are compatible and work well together, and all these years later, we still share an office in our private practice.

Pat Capra and I have a friendship that spans over 15 years. Pat is one of the best people I know at nurturing and maintaining friendships. She is the one that still sends beautiful, handwritten letters that come in the mailbox.

Sidney Greathouse is the one I’ve known the longest — over 50 years. We were next-door neighbors when our children were young, and now our children are adults and have children of their own. Sidney is a multi-talented artist, actress, owns a therapy dog and plays drums in a band. Sidney makes me laugh, whether it is walking the streets of Paris or eating breakfast just down the road at IHOP.

What they all have in common is their honesty, their ability to laugh at themselves, and their inherent goodness.

They add value to the lives of others through their love, friendship and compassion, and I’m the lucky one to call them my sisters.Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at