Freckle for Your Thoughts

When I was younger, my father told me my freckles were angel kisses.

“Why do I have so many?” I asked, looking up at his similarly freckled face.

My body was covered in them, coated head to toe in hundreds of wood-colored polka dots.

“The angels must really like you,” he replied.

That was one of the many days my parents instilled confidence in me; confidence to take on the big, the bold, the previously unmastered. They encouraged me to try new things, even if – especially if – I would fail and learn.

So here are my thoughts for you. As a 20-something journalist navigating the world of journalism, activism, love, family, friendship, travel, health and more.

Hopefully my thoughts can be your freckles, your angel kisses, to provide information, insight and inspiration.

Forever your freckled friend,

Natalie Pate


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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit, like her on Facebook at, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at

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