Author: justathoughtbypat

Seeing the World with Clear Eyes

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn [This is an edited version of the post, “A Thoughtful Heart,” originally published February 27, 2016.]    L “A heart weary of hate cannot learn to love.” I came upon this quote, credited to a Russian poet, in a New York Times article written by Mikhail Shishkin, “How Russians Lost the War.”  He was decrying the manner in which the Russian … Continue reading Seeing the World with Clear Eyes »

Why Bother?

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Some time ago, I attended the funeral of Verdell Trice. Verdell was nicknamed the “Mayor of the West Side” because for more than 50 years he worked to make this desperately poor community in Chicago a better place to live. During the 1970’s I had the honor of working with Verdell on economic and social development programs aimed at improving the … Continue reading Why Bother? »

The Gift of Silence

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   I worked hard to perpetuate my stupidity for half my life. The other half has been spent gathering up my loose marbles. This marble gathering experience describes my process of recovery.  For me, recovery has been 95% recovering parts of myself that I lost along the way.  This has entailed: Challenging my ingrained biases Harnessing my ingrained fear Motivating my … Continue reading The Gift of Silence »

The Walk to Albany Post Road

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   “When you’ve spent two years trying to wiggle just one toe everything else is brought into proportion.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt I have a suggestion when you’re at the end of your rope and feeling: Down and out Paralyzed in fear Questioning the future Imagine yourself taking a short walk down the driveway of Franklin Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home to the Albany Post … Continue reading The Walk to Albany Post Road »