thinking thursday.


I’ve been eating a raw, whole-foods, vegan diet for a week. The simplicity of it has great appeal. The capacity of our minds and bodies to adapt to a new way of eating astounds me. The energy levels I’m feeling already–and the clarity of thought–is astounding. Here are two books I am using to get started: Jennifer Cornbleet’s Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People and Going Raw by Judita Wignall.

After John’s cancer diagnosis, we have committed to living as healthy and cancer-resistant a lifestyle as we can. So we have shifted to a gluten-free, organic, and in his and Tess’ case a nearly vegan diet, in my case a raw vegan diet. And this shift must include exercise, the next thing on our list to create habits around. I’ve always remembered a phrase someone used about exercise and aging: Move it or lose it. And here are more reasons to get moving.


What has taken the place of your work has become your work. And so I am stepping back from Facebook to explore projects of great passion for me without a news feed. I love community, so it is difficult, but necessary. How do you find focus in a social media world?

“Most of the beauty of the world exists along the edges.Aspie Kid writes: “In the field of Ecology, there is something called the Edge Effect. When two different ecosystems are situated adjacent to each other, it creates an environment that neither ecosystem could create on its own … Just like the ecological Edge Effect produces enough biological diversity to sustain an ecosystem, so too does the neurological Edge Effect produce diverse ideas, creative solutions to problems, scientific discoveries, inventions and incredible artistic expressions. Neurodiversity should be preserved and protected, just like biodiversity should be. Sometimes the survival of an entire community depends on what exists along its edge.” Tess is not neurotypical, being on the autism spectrum, and hers is an important edge.

Stories are powerful. Why is that? Brain science may have the answer to have question: our brains become more active when we tell stories.

Because my daughter, Emma, is a dedicated gamer, I’m always interested in articles that explore the meaning of games, like this one. “…if we judged novels, films or music solely in terms of potential harm or self-improvement, we’d miss their value in just the same way as we are missing a key part of what makes video games culturally significant.” I think games have great meaning in our culture: “Like books and films, games engage our minds and emotions about particular topics. But unlike books that tell us a tale or films that show us a story, games invite us to overhear and interact with their narratives.”


I have found myself getting angry lately, and I am slow to anger. This essay helped.

What does thinking about nothing look like?


“Poetry = Anger x Imagination” – Sherman Alexie


(image from NY Times)


  1. Lindsey Mead December 6, 2012

    “Most of the beauty of the world exists along the edges” – this, right here … YES. So true, so beautiful, so perfectly and simply said. Thank you.

  2. Tracy Mangold December 6, 2012

    I needed this. We have had a lot of ups and downs this year and I found myself feeling internal rage and not knowing how to deal with it. It just stayed bottled up. It’s so frustrating. I don’t like feeling that way. I’m doing better. But that link for anger was extremely helpful. Things are getting better. For that, I am grateful. Hugs and love to you and your family, Patti. You are a warm and loving light.

  3. LMA9 December 6, 2012

    Wow, Patti. My own stepping back from social media has rendered me out of touch with you. But I felt the need to visit today, and as usual, you didn’t disappoint. Thank you for the links about anger and getting moving. (My BP has suddenly decided to be borderline high.) I don’t think it was an accident that I dropped by today.

    Take care of you and yours, OK? ~Linnea

  4. mj December 6, 2012

    I don’t like to hear that you are getting angry. Anger scares me. I do know that anger is driven by fear. I am sorry, Patti, for all that is causing you to be/feel this way.

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