Patricia Wild’s Blog

. . . Things I Cannot Change
I visit a man in "Seg." (as in Segregation) Aka "The Hole" or "Solitary Confinement." (Once, on the phone, while ...
“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 ...
“Carved In Stone”
Sometimes I visit an art museum as if expecting to be tested. I study everything, read everything, skip nothing, dutifully ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
New Year’s Affirmations:
May good people walk beside you. May you find strength and joy in community. May you receive "Good Will, Support, ...
“This Turning Year”
Pretty sure I learned about the winter solstice from a textbook—in sixth grade, maybe. Dimly I can conjure up the ...
“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 ...
Lost
Caught in another traffic jam, my husband and I agreed: "Right this minute, half the people in Greater Boston are ...
“I’m Sorry”
My first day at my new, Lynchburg, Virginia high school, a classmate confronted me: "You're a Yankee, aren't you?" ...
Between the Lines
Saturday after sunset, driving back to Massachusetts from Vermont, it began to rain. I hate, hate, hate driving in rain ...
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 ...
It Goes On
Like many "Villens," Ralph Hergert had dual citizenship: Somerville and Cambridge. So it was not surprising that although a long-time, ...
Near-Hit*
No, that isn't a tree growing in our driveway. That's a Norway maple branch which broke off during Sunday ...
“I Praise”
"Despairing for the world," I spotted her just as she about to get off the 85 bus. In a white, lacy, off-the-shoulder ...
Me 2 (Duh)
While seated in a waiting area at LAX Monday morning, two women of a certain age and class and ...
Our Thoughts and Prayers
At a wedding Friday, I met a young woman working in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos—aka ...
Bowed
One of my neighbors teaches at Harvard Divinity School, a fifteen minute walk. So I often see him pass ...
Upstream
There was a time in my life when I told myself,"If I/we can just through this [insert Crisis of The ...
Foundational
Years ago, for about a year, I was my Quaker meeting's First Day School Coordinator, i.e., the principal of a ...
Uncontainable
Every morning I begin my day with a cup of coffee, my glasses, my journal, and a pen. Whenever possible, ...
Thank you, Brother West
"I am here because somebody loved me," Cornel West declared at last week's Harvard Divinity School convocation. And I'm sure I ...