Patricia Wild’s Blog

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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Emergent
Saturday I attended the memorial for Paul Hood, a much revered peace activist and former member of Friends Meeting at ...
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With A Tender Hand*
Yesterday at meeting for worship, an elderly man struggled to stand and then spoke so quietly that almost no-one could ...
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Hammered
Sunday night, partly out of curiosity, mostly to accompany my wonderful nephew, I went to Boston's House of Blues to ...
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Identity Politics
I'm old enough to remember when clothing first became a major form of advertisement, self or Calvin Klein et al ...
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God Language 2.0
Sunday, I found myself on my feet at meeting for worship to praise a "benign, loving, transformative, regenerative force" that ...
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“How Do I Tell Myself?”
Buoyed by a weekend with precious family, I felt brave enough to read this. And then I finished my coffee ...
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What’s The Story?
Palm Sunday I was walking towards Friends Meeting at Cambridge (FMC) when I caught sight of a small procession outside the ...
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“Listen” by John Fox
When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you’ve had since childhood and watching ...
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Least of These
Somerville High School Temporary Ramp, March, 2019 There's a wonderful cartoon depicting an elementary school entrance after a big snowstorm ...
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“She’s Everywhere!”
Sunset, Puerto Rico; March 14, 2019 Like crocuses, a conversation about the perils of perfectionism keeps popping up among my ...
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The View from Here
View From El Yunque National Forest; March 13, 2019 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of ...
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All Around Us
Hudson River Ice, Piedmont, NY Learning how to utilize this new, spiffy site. Learning how to think and to see horizontally when, ...
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Small Thing/Great Love
Snow Squall Outside, Peace Cranes Inside Yesterday was disquieting. Morning snow squalls were quickly followed by heavy winds, so strong ...
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Room With A View
Thursday, a warm and sunny post-snowstorm day, while visiting my daughter and her family in Tarrytown, New York, I'd asked ...
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