Patricia Wild’s Blog

Butter-knifing
Here I am, once again, "circling Fort Knox with a butter knife trying to figure out how to get in."* ...
It’s Complicated
Back in the day when I taught homeless women in greater Boston shelters, one of my students, young and lovely, ...
Fallow
[Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California, after a fire.] When I was working on WellingUp.net, I told its web developers: "You ...
The Marmee Dilemma
Much is being written or vlogged about Greta Gerwig's "Little Women." May I join in? Seated in perfect seats in ...
Muscle Memory
One Sunday morning every December, my Quaker meeting shortens its morning worship to put on a fifteen-minute Christmas pageant. Directed ...
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 ...
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 ...
Just The Facts, Folks
In order to be very, very careful, I must leave out most of the salient details that would make this ...
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 ...
Apples and Oranges
We talk about "speaking truth to power"; sometimes using just the right words, even if they're highfalutin', can be enormously ...
Yes, Ma’am
[Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.] Take it from me, someone who'd stumbled ...
“Radical Acceptance”
I have a new mantra these days. And it's powerful. And eerily, mysteriously effective. Here's an example of how it ...
Time-Sensitive
A coal barge slowly cruises up the Ohio River; it passes the Jeffboat Company, now shut down, where the rust-colored ...
Freshly Brilliant
There have been many times over the past month as I either prepared for or recovered from both eyes' cataract ...
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 ...
Patterns, Examples
Forty years ago and just beginning to attend Friends Meeting at Cambridge, I'd considered the people I'd worshipped with every ...
Just Imagine!
Saturday, at Art Beat, Somerville's largest cultural festival, I experienced A Moment: The nearby band playing Elvis Costello's "(What So ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
Clutching My [Pearls]
Slowly, slowly, my siblings and I have been disposing of the enormous amount of stuff my parents left behind. That ...
Tethered
Last evening after the rain had ended, I was walking along one of Cambridge Common's asphalt paths when I noticed ...
Going Deep(er)
This morning after a long silence I received a text from the man I had been visiting in prison. He's ...
Emergent
Saturday I attended the memorial for Paul Hood, a much revered peace activist and former member of Friends Meeting at ...