A freelancer for more than two decades, Patra Taylor cut her professional teeth writing real estate advertising copy. While not technically humor, it helped her hone her skills in the use of hyperbole, shameless exaggeration and pure unadulterated hokum…important tools in humor writing. In the early 1990s, she wrote and co-produced a television commercial series called Lawtalk, a humorous examination of the law. In 1993, Lawtalk won numerous Addy Awards, and was declared, “the best local advertising in the nation produced for under $5,000.” Then in 2002, she landed her first work as a humor columnist. “Kitchen Sink Chronicles” became a readers’ favorite in the Charleston Mercury. As her life evolved, so did her column. Today, the Mercury is home to Taylor’s latest column, “Gray Matters,” which chronicles her brave fight against her mortal enemy, Aging. Taylor is also a features correspondent for the newspaper, and is a regular contributor to magazines including Charleston Style and Design, East Cooper Magazine and Discover Charleston.