Author Archives: Bob Patrick

Doing or Being?

I wonder about this word, “wonder.” Do we mean the action of wondering about something? Or do we mean being taken completely in by a thing, as in “the wonder of it all?” I think about experiences that I had … Continue reading

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Changing Awareness

I stood at the edge of the woods behind my house watching the squirrels, several sets, racing across mountains of leaves and up and down a dozen trees. Their noise ruffling of the leaves grabbed my attention as soon as … Continue reading

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Change–Breath by Breath

Election day is an important day in the life of a democracy. For the last few weeks in most US states, people have been engaging in early voting, showing up at polls and casting their ballots. Journalists, pollsters, and politicos … Continue reading

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Change–And Covid

This Covid thing.  It has rearranged our human landscape in life and death terms. It has rattled our formal and informal ways of being together. It has required “business as usual” in all forms of human business to rethink itself … Continue reading

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Look at the Clouds

One of the most ancient ways that human beings have sought direction and guidance is through reading the clouds. We have all probably participated in some form of cloud reading. Especially on a day with some sky showing and some … Continue reading

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How Do I Do That?

“How do I do that?” It’s a question that, as a parent and sometimes as a teacher, I learned to listen for. It usually came from one of our three children as they reached some place in growing up and … Continue reading

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Unseen Courage

If we could see what was going on underneath the surface of each other’s lives, we would be stunned at how much courage we exercise each day. Action packed movies with their unstoppable heroines and heroes impress upon us that … Continue reading

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