Patricia Wild’s Blog

“Fallen On Hard Times”
Once upon a time, my beloved grandmother, Florence Moulton Mirick Wild, born in 1877, lived at 130 Beacon Street, Worcester, ...
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Cognitive Dissonance
Lots of blather, post the Cosby verdict, re "cognitive dissonance." Male blather. So, guys, let me spell this out for ...
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What Do I Yearn For?
Walking to Meeting on Sunday, I passed a couple of  Ant "dockless" bicycles in front of Harvard's Science Center, a new ...
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Random Acts of Beauty, Kindness
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes—especially now—a news story is not the news story. Sometimes what seems significant isn't ...
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Show not Tell:
"Enemies Should Know That Syria Will Never Fall—Assad/Syria Will Never Fall—Assad" by Nazgol Ansarinia, 2012. A newsprint collage currently on ...
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“CONTEXT!”
Dr. Lynda Woodruff, my mentor and friend, died last week. Hearing this awful news, I registered both gut-punched grief and ...
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Who Is My Neighbor?
Maybe another foot of snow due tomorrow, maybe another opportunity to use our "neighborhood snowblower." After a very snowy ...
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In Plain Sight
New England weather such as it right now, I'm reading more. Needing to replenish my books-to-read queue, between storms I ...
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“There You Have It!”
For decades I've been following a "kamish broit" recipe I got from an ex-husband's step-mother, Sarah Lohman. (Got that?) These ...
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(Almost)-Spring Cleaning
Sunday, chilled, rainy, very windy, I'd almost wished there'd been a fireplace fire in the meetinghouse fireplace. Surely a hearty ...
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. . . Things I Cannot Change
I visit a man in "Seg." (as in Segregation) Aka "The Hole" or "Solitary Confinement." (Once, on the phone, while ...
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“Excellent For The Times”
Yesterday, spurred on my my oldest daughter's curiosity about my beloved "Grandma," I spent a couple of hours in the ...
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“Carved In Stone”
Sometimes I visit an art museum as if expecting to be tested. I study everything, read everything, skip nothing, dutifully ...
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Let’s Talk About Optics 2
Not a visual person and all too willing to lose myself in whatever movie I'm watching, at one point in ...
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Let’s Talk About Optics
Enough with the pussy hats! Okay? If we're really going to smash the patriarchy, my sisters, if all who ...
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It Just Wells Up, Right?
Sometimes it just hits me: my easeful life is made possible by the labor of thousands, millions of men and ...
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Kamala Harris for President! (Oprah for Vice Prez)
A joke my Lynchburg, Virginia high school classmates used to tell; maybe they still do: Didja hear about the guy ...
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New Year’s Affirmations:
May good people walk beside you. May you find strength and joy in community. May you receive "Good Will, Support, ...
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“This Turning Year”
Pretty sure I learned about the winter solstice from a textbook—in sixth grade, maybe. Dimly I can conjure up the ...
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“Right There I’m Sort Of Glued Together”
Last week, doing warrior pose in yoga class, I remembered how, right after Trump had been elected, my usual ...
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Lost
Caught in another traffic jam, my husband and I agreed: "Right this minute, half the people in Greater Boston are ...
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“I’m Sorry”
My first day at my new, Lynchburg, Virginia high school, a classmate confronted me: "You're a Yankee, aren't you?" ...
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Between the Lines
Saturday after sunset, driving back to Massachusetts from Vermont, it began to rain. I hate, hate, hate driving in rain ...
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Being Human
Sunday morning found me, earrings and bracelets and watch-free, being escorted through the long and eerily empty corridors of the Souza-Baranowski ...
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