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“How does any of us live in this world? One thing compensates for another, I suppose.” –Mary Oliver Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver’s American Primitive, which won for her the Pulitzer Prize for the finest book of poetry published in 1983 by an American poet.  The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness — so steadfast and radiant in American … Continue reading Test with image below »

A Thought on “Just a Thought”

  Thank you all for taking time to read Just a Thought.  Marsha and I so enjoy bringing the posts to life each week. It was 10 years ago that I first began sharing thoughts with fellow travelers in recovery.  In 2015, at the suggestion of Geoff Nixon and Matias Caccione, the weekly Just a Thought blog was born.  The midwife to birthing each post has been … Continue reading A Thought on “Just a Thought” »

The Gift of Silence

The following post was originally published February 4, 2017. 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 … Continue reading The Gift of Silence »

Finding Contentment

Try reading Finding Contentment from our home page:  www.justathoughtbypat.com   When Marsha and I arrived back in Seattle last fall I felt a little like Rip Van Winkle waking up to a hometown I no longer recognized. When I first left back in 1971 times were tough. This billboard said it all: As most people know, the town has been booming, fueled by new technology that … Continue reading Finding Contentment »

Embracing Defeat

Please check out this second installment in the Search for Inspiration series on our homepage: www.justathoughtbypat.com. In a world so obsessed with success how is it possible to embrace defeat? The book Embracing Defeat, by John W. Dower, describes how Japan did exactly that after World War II, and in so doing, accomplished the greatest turnaround of all time.  For those of us who have found embracing … Continue reading Embracing Defeat »