Imagine a World…in the New Year

Imagine a world that can heal.

Imagine clean rivers and pure air.
Imagine scorched earth becoming luscious.
Imagine plentiful and healthful food.
Imagine health conquering disease.

Imagine hope transcending fear.
Imagine generosity overcoming greed.
Imagine compassion replacing hatred.
Imagine hearts not having to break because of senseless violence.
Imagine peace defeating war.

As naturally as skin heals its wounds,
we can heal this world by visioning a different future.
Each of us has the ability to
tap into universal healing energy.
Believe and bear witness to
the divine transformative power of each sentient being
and of our collective consciousness.

Imagine a world that can heal.
Because it still can.
If we do.

Pass it on. It takes ALL of us. 

Patricia A. Nugent

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Today I Mailed Christmas

Today I mailed Christmas. Put it in boxes, sealed it up, addressed it to friends and loved ones, and delivered it to the post office.

Christmas in a box.

The best gift we can give our loved ones is the gift of our time and presence. Yet that’s what we guard most fiercely. Instead, we give presents to people, creating drive-by relationships.

I understand the relief of not having to meet expectations in person. Yet expectations are part of all relationships, and you can’t avoid them through distance. You can only do that by creating an emotional distance, which just might happen if you mail enough presents that should be delivered in person.

Go home this Christmas.

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I Miss Him This Christmas

I miss him this Christmas.
The man I said always ruined Christmas.
The man I dreaded calling on Christmas.
Because he’d say mean things about my not being there.

I miss him this Christmas.
The man who dressed up like Santa Claus.
The man who surprised me with a stuffed bear, pink bicycle, and luggage.
The man who taught me how to ride a bike and drive a car.
The man who hummed Silent Night, all year long.

I miss him this Christmas.
The playful, grinning man.
The man who loved holiday parades.
The man who loved parties.
And was the life of every one.

I miss him this Christmas.

Excerpt from They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad                                                                                                                by Patricia A. Nugent © 2010

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Socrates was a Flip-Flopper

A search for “the truth” could dramatically improve our public policy debates.

http://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/12/07/patricia-a-nugentsocrates-was-a-flip-flopper/

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The Story Behind “Suffragette” Still Rings True

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/12/04/why-this-film-about-pre-wwi-london-rings-too-true-today/

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High Hopes

Click here for my most recent published article on Vox Populi: High Hopes

http://voxpopulisphere.com/2015/10/22/patricia-a-nugent-high-hopes/

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Weaving Women In

My latest article published online by Ms. Magazine, calling for an end to separate commemorations to honor women and instead “fix” the disparity that exists. 

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/08/26/weaving-women-in/

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