Patricia Wild’s Blog

Looming
Oscar season, this week I saw "Boy and The Heron," a Best Animated Feature nominee. Instantly, this rich, episodic, allegorical ...
“Sorry!”
[Walgreen's, February 3, 2020] This week, as I continue to read the amazing On Repentance And Repair: Making Amends in ...
Your Cup of Tea?
English novelist Barbara Pym is not everyone's cup of tea. Slyly hilarious, her emphasis on cosy (British spelling) and the ...
Lumi means “snow” in Finnish; it also means Light.
I'm not a dog person. Which means quizzical-verging-on-contemptuous looks from the numerous dog owners in my neighborhood as I briskly ...
The Colors of White
"Group With Parasols" by John Singer Sargent That mustachioed, opened-shirt guy with an umbrella? That's my great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin ...
What Am I Called To Do (with asterisks)?:
To listen another's soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service  one human ...
“That’s What Art Does, Right?”
While still dark, the Garbage to Garden driver arrives in front of our house; the truck's rattling wakes me up ...
Moving Day
Years ago my Mets fan son-in-law, he and my daughter toying with the idea of leaving The Big Apple to ...
“Wait! What?”
Tom Jones, who wrote "The Fantasticks" book and lyrics, died this week. This news means something to me: In 1966 ...
Just There!
One morning years ago, wearily trudging down the basement stairs carrying yet another overflowing basket of dirty clothes, I distinctly ...
“Hot Enough For Ya?”
Due to some fortuitous timing this week, a writing assignment arrived as if a prayed-for thunderstorm on a torrid summer ...
“This Stinks!”
Years ago I taught a women's writing class which met in the cafeteria of a nearby elementary school. Working-class mothers ...
Message Received
Every night for the past week or so, hours before dawn, a nearby robin begins to chirrup. And wakes me ...
One Small Step for Sisterhood
["My" Walgreen's; February 3, 2020] My husband and I have lost a step or two; we joke that soon we'll ...
Deep In My Heart I Do Believe
In 1966, I joined a handful of other Wheelock College seniors to research cultural opportunities for greater Boston children. We ...
Palabra means Word
On Mardi Gras, sensing I might find what I sought in a space unlike my unadorned meetinghouse, I attended evening ...
Thank you, Comet ​​C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
["You are Star Stuff" by Betsy Roper] Like many aging people, I sometimes struggle with insomnia. Anxious, depressed, fearful; it's ...
Why I Choked Up—Maybe
Yesterday, Martin Luther King Day +1, like many greater Bostonians, I made the pilgrimage to downtown's Boston Common to view ...
“And the days dwindle down . . . “
[It's been a loooong time since I last posted. So: hello, again.] Last week over lunch, a friend I've known ...
“Why Is This Okay?”
[Green Line tunnel] Recently, driving to the Minneapolis airport for the first time, my husband and I arrived at the ...
Comin’ Around Again
When I was young I was very young. And the world I grew up in was a younger world, a ...
To Have and To Hold
When I was maybe three or four, one of my favorite "toys" had been my mother's button box. (What was ...
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Last summer during a fierce heat wave, discovering Shannon Beach was a godsend. Pristine, beautiful, located on Mystic Lake in ...
I’d Like To Think So
[Stairs, "The Boiler House," MA MoCA] In the early 90's, because the adult learning center where I worked had received ...