Patricia Wild’s Blog

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 ...
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“Just Roll With It”
[Turner's unfinished "Venice with the Salute"*] Yesterday, in the collective silence of a Quaker meeting, I waited for whatever was ...
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“Intensified Sky”
[Bird at the edge of the Grand Canyon} I am currently going through an intense passage; Rilke's poem speaks to ...
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“Love It All”
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in ...
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“Everywhere As Blue As Mine”
Recently, as bombs continue to hit civilian targets in Ukraine, someone posted this deeply moving video. The last time I'd ...
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This I What We Do Now:
Last night at a Zoom worship group we were asked, "How has this pandemic affected your world view?" Um—yikes? In ...
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“In My Ears”
Getting older sometimes means you think you remember things—but then again, do you, really? As in being told my beloved ...
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Through the Ether
My father were be astonished. Self-labeled "a merchant of death,"during the Cold War my definitely-analog dad sold General Electric-manufactured heavy military ...
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In Honor of Dr. King:
I haven't posted for a while because I've been working on other writing projects. But today, serendipitously, as we honor ...
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“Land Acknowledgement Day”?
This year at my house, Thanksgiving Day will look pretty normal. Our menu will feature indigenous entrees like cranberries, corn, squash, maybe ...
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Lean Back, (Lean In)
Who shows up for a climate justice demonstration in Boston's Back Bay on a Friday afternoon? Its organizers,* students, and ...
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Light A Candle
[Mom's 95th birthday party, Neville Center, Cambridge, MA,  2018] This has been a week of anniversaries: my mother died three ...
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Serendipity
[An excerpt from Strands: An Apprenticeship with Grief and Loss, to be published by Barclay Press, 2022.] In January of 2020, the ...
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Creation Story 2.0
[Fresh water tank, Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth, MN, July, 2021] On a recent visit to Duluth and unable to visit ...
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Circles Happen
[I have been single-mindedly working on a book manuscript, Strands, to be published by Barclay Press next year, so have woefully ...
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“From Me to We”
Yesterday during meeting for worship, I found myself remembering the first time I'd facilitated a forum* on Zoom— just days ...
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“Attention Must be Paid”
Saturday, a gorgeous spring day, I was sitting, maskless, on a Cambridge Common park bench chatting with a new friend ...
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All Of A Peace?
Back in October a gifted Buddhist teacher, Sharon Salzberg, offered a “Ten-Day LovingKindness Challenge” course online—recommended by my friend, Diana ...
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Peek Experience (No, that’s not a typo)
These days, I've noticed that when my dear friend Alex is asked how he's doing, he'll often respond, "Given the ...
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Grounded
Urged to do so, I dutifully watched the first two episodes of the Ken Burns' documentary on Ernest Hemingway—and, much ...
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What I’m Adding for Lent: Week Six
Week Six: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" So the Aramaic word, waahboqlan, can mean "forgive" but ...
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This is Me, This is Us
Today, here's how I'm remembering a moment at the end of the documentary, "Knock Down the House." It's election night ...
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Not In The Wind?
Quakers often quote that passage from 1 Kings when a depressed and confused Elijah, standing on top of Mount Horeb, ...
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The Light Returns
I distinctly remember how I'd felt, years ago, probably in a Philosophy 101 class, when I realized that light becomes darkness and ...
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