I, Patricia, am an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ and have served as Campus Minister for United Ministries in Higher Education at the Evergreen State College in Washington State. I have also served in Parish Ministry and with a local Counseling Agency.
I have led many workshops on communications, planning, and problem-solving for individuals, couples, teens, businesses and government agencies. My qualifications include a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Counseling and my awesome teaching skills. I love writing…
Please read my Statement of Ministry
Top 3 reasons why I blog:
1. To be of service
Mother always told me “Leave a place better than you found it.” She demonstrated this to me in many ways from wiping down public bathroom counters to listening and communicating with people in a gracious and gentle manner. I heard that phrase so often that it became a natural response for me.
My understanding gained from great writers, philosophers and theologians, is that the goal of life is to serve life. I believe there is no better way to do this than to write about what I know and do well; to share and make this a resource for others. It is my heart’s desire to communicate in the same gracious and gentle manner that my mother did.
I excel at helping people become the best they can be to live their life to the fullest. I find resources and analyze a situation. I can understand what someone needs, the best actions to take and how businesses can find a resolution to their problems.
One of the greatest skills I’ve developed over my numerous years is as an artist in the field of change. Being part of a larger community and to offer positive solutions makes a difference in people’s lives, and being of service makes a difference in my life.
2. Blogging and making connections excites me
I was excited when a 71-year-old Military Chaplain told me that after several weeks of starting his “Myspace” page he was getting about 80 connections a day. I wanted to be part of this online network. Putting blog posts together has been like finding pieces of a puzzle; more fun than anything I have worked on in a very long time.
I go for a walk daily to exercise and keep in shape. One of the fun parts about writing every day and sharing my words is that it is similar to the daily walk – I am exercising my thinking skills and it is great to have that power remain flexible and increase my creativity. My thinking is bright, energized and challenged as others make comments and deepen the conversation.
I have rediscovered how curious I am and how fascinating it is to learn other viewpoints and perspectives. This is very satisfying; apparently some mature dogs are able to learn new tricks! It is fun indeed to add value and worth to one’s endeavors on a daily basis, and it produces times of pure contentment on my part.
3. I love to write
Letters, words, e-mails, stories, conflicts, descriptions and dialogue – all these things and more are part of what makes writing a pleasure for me. I just can’t get enough!
Before the computer age there was great excitement in my family when a letter arrived and we got caught up on all the news. I enjoyed writing letters – trying to say just the right thing to convey what happened.
These days, we can all dash off e-mails and keep each other posted in record time. I can learn how someone felt about a book just minutes after reading it, and I can hear people’s thoughts on a news story almost immediately. Writing a blog – what a great way to be involved and to keep your writing honed!