Patricia Wild’s Blog

What I’m Taking On For Lent
I'm not giving up anything this year; I'm taking on something. Something I've been afraid to take on for most ...
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Butter-knifing
Here I am, once again, "circling Fort Knox with a butter knife trying to figure out how to get in."* ...
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It’s Complicated
Back in the day when I taught homeless women in greater Boston shelters, one of my students, young and lovely, ...
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Fallow
[Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California, after a fire.] When I was working on WellingUp.net, I told its web developers: "You ...
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The Marmee Dilemma
Much is being written or vlogged about Greta Gerwig's "Little Women." May I join in? Seated in perfect seats in ...
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Muscle Memory
One Sunday morning every December, my Quaker meeting shortens its morning worship to put on a fifteen-minute Christmas pageant. Directed ...
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Two Toucans Touching
Sometimes I exchange books with a dear friend. Sometimes I'll notice intriguing titles or descriptives in a box of give-aways ...
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The Big Picture (Or As Much of It That’s Currently Available)
What I'm about to write may seem ridiculously obvious. And political—not spiritual. And yet this Ah Hah feels Spirit-given: Yesterday ...
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Just The Facts, Folks
In order to be very, very careful, I must leave out most of the salient details that would make this ...
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Out Of My Comfort Zone
[Set, "King Lear," Actors Shakespeare Project, Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea, MA] One of the many reasons my husband and I ...
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Apples and Oranges
We talk about "speaking truth to power"; sometimes using just the right words, even if they're highfalutin', can be enormously ...
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Yes, Ma’am
[Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.] Take it from me, someone who'd stumbled ...
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“Radical Acceptance”
I have a new mantra these days. And it's powerful. And eerily, mysteriously effective. Here's an example of how it ...
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Time-Sensitive
A coal barge slowly cruises up the Ohio River; it passes the Jeffboat Company, now shut down, where the rust-colored ...
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Freshly Brilliant
There have been many times over the past month as I either prepared for or recovered from both eyes' cataract ...
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Somewhere With No Service
[Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico] It's been almost three weeks since I last heard ...
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Patterns, Examples
Forty years ago and just beginning to attend Friends Meeting at Cambridge, I'd considered the people I'd worshipped with every ...
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Just Imagine!
Saturday, at Art Beat, Somerville's largest cultural festival, I experienced A Moment: The nearby band playing Elvis Costello's "(What So ...
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“Why me? Why us? Why Now?”
There is an us in this famous Marshall Ganz statement. I keep forgetting that. Called to follow Micah's admonition to do ...
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“Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”*
Tuesday,  having spent some wonderful time with our Tarrytown, NY family, my husband and I explored that part of the ...
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Clutching My [Pearls]
Slowly, slowly, my siblings and I have been disposing of the enormous amount of stuff my parents left behind. That ...
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Tethered
Last evening after the rain had ended, I was walking along one of Cambridge Common's asphalt paths when I noticed ...
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Going Deep(er)
This morning after a long silence I received a text from the man I had been visiting in prison. He's ...
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