D. Pat Thomas

Writer, Yoga Teacher, Lover of Things Outdoors

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Musings, author interviews, book reviews etc,: a platform for writers to exhange ideas.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Posted by Pat on May 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (14)

Every once in a while, I read a book than fundamentally changes my world view. This is what happened to me when I read Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Though the book is written as fiction, it is heavily rooted in painstaking research of the experiences of an Italian boy, Pino Lella, as he grows into a man before and during World War II.

The story itself is riveting, the events astonishing in and of the...

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Fear

Posted by Pat on May 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Last week was an exercise in working with fear. Any type of surgery brings on a whopper case of the jitters, but this was eye surgery, and the image of metal instruments puncturing my eyeball left me catatonic. As it turned out, the worst part w...

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Coming Out

Posted by Pat on April 14, 2021 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For the first time in a year, I was able to socialize with friends this week: have dinner, sip wine, pet the cat or dog together, giggle and hoot, chat, play board games – all without masks on. Such a joy to once again see the faces of my friends, to take in the curve of their lips as they smile and laugh, to hear their words, clear and unmuffled. Such a long, long time it’s been.

Experiencing the closeness of people...

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Bye Bye Winter

Posted by Pat on April 11, 2021 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here in Park City, Utah, the slopes are still open but the weather is way too warm (66 degrees today!), and the gushy snow is melting fast. It's sad, saying goodbye to the thrill of zipping down a mountain to the sound of crunching snow, but it's also a time brimming with new promises: campfires, mountain trails, rock climbing, cooking on the grill, lengthening days of warmth and sunshine. The trick is t...

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EPIC FLIGHT TO DALLAS

Posted by Pat on November 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (2)

It was bad enough that the flight left at 6 am; I had to set my alarm for 3:45. Turned out that was the easy part.


I shuffled down the aisle to my seat, only to find it was occupied by an adorable little girl about four years old, whose twin two-year-old sisters had the middle and window seats. “Would you mind if they all sat together?” asked a slender brunette across the aisle from them.

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