Author Archives: Lynda Lowe

Endings and Beginnings

Dear Patra Passage participants and all those who have been part of the Passage in one way or another, If there is something like an ending for the Patra Passage project, this may be it. Though endings and beginnings appear more circular than linear to me, and in that way I trust some resonance continues….Read More


In the balance

                      WINTER SOLSTICE
 Perhaps for a moment the keyboards will stop clicking, the wheels stop rolling the computers desist from computing, and a hush will fall over the city. For an instant, in the stillness, the chiming of the celestial spheres will be heard as…Read More


Feeding the lake

Renowned writer, Jean Rhys said, “Listen to me. All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don’t matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake.”



Psst you….

Today I re-read the last chapters of Donna Tartt’s beautifully written novel The Goldfinch again. There’s something in the dialog between Hobie, an older mentor, and the younger Theo about objects and art that I wanted to remember.  And then there it was – the the treasure of a few perfect lines. “And I add my own…Read More

Enough for the day: Hold Out Your Hand

The end of the year-long journey of the Patra vessels is nearing its end. There have been so many rich stories collected in the lives these bowls have witnessed. I feel greatly privileged to have shared in some of those experiences with your comments on this site, emails, and dialogs. I look forward to further…Read More



Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

In the beginning of heaven and earth There were no words, Words came out of the womb of matter And whether a man dispassionately Sees to the core of life Or passionately sees the surface The core and the surface Are essentially the same, Words make them seem different Only to express appearance. If name…Read More


Annie Dillard: For the Time Being

We live in all we seek. The hidden shows up in too-plain sight. It lives captive on the face of the obvious ­– the people, events, and things of the day – to which we sophisticated children have long become oblivious. What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff…Read More

David Whyte: Enough

Enough. These few words are enough. If not these words, this breath. If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life We have refused Again and again Until now. Until now. I just learned of this poem by David Whyte. It seems perfectly written for the Patra Passage. Even the shape of…Read More

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Holy Grail humor

Patra participant Brad Harris sent this holy grail humor…a good laugh! Remember in that scene of the Indiana Jones movie, actor Harrison Ford selects the humble chalice amidst all the golden glittering bejeweled ones on the altar. Indeed” wise choice”! Yes, this does look amazingly like the Patra bowl. Who knows what powers lurk in…Read More

Valerie Martinez: Bowl

BOWL Turn it over and look up into the sphere of heaven. The tracery is lucent, light seeping through to write, white-ink your face, upturned.   Swing it below and it’s a cradle of blue water, the sea, a womb. A mixing bowl for Babylonian gods. Here, they whirl up the cosmos.     Pick…Read More



Enough for the Day: give or receive?

Just before the Patra vessels were ready to launch on their passage in September I read a Wall Street Journal article headlined, “Hard-Wired for Giving”.  It begins: “Are humans really so selfish?  Scientists are finding that the brain is built for generosity – and they’re identifying the precise circuits behind our urge to give.  Where…Read More

Kevin Hart: The Gift

One day the gift arrives — outside your door, Left on a windowsill, inside the mailbox, Or in the hallway, far too large to lift. Your postman shrugs his shoulders, the police Consult a statute, and the cat meows. No name, no signature, and no address, Only, “To you, my dearest one, my all ….Read More



Enough for the day: ex-change

Years ago a good friend gave me a T-shirt emblazoned on the front with a frazzled figure stating “the holidays are not for sissies”. We passed it back and forth whenever one of us needed it. I still wear it (at least mentally) during some part of the holiday chaos. So much attention is focused…Read More

David Whyte: One Day

In listening again to David Whyte recite his poem One Day (and he does this so richly), I heard in it this time echoes from my experience with the Patra Passage – the resonant gift of communion. One Day One day I will say the gift I once had has been taken. The place I have made…Read More

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monk with incense bowl

Enough for the day: emptiness and fullness

I love ancient words that touch upon present experiences, if for no other reason than greeting again those deep recurring human themes. Advaita is the Sanskrit word meaning “not-two”; a reference to the interconnection of all things. The Patra vessels engage the dialectic of non-duality. They span the divide between the outer world of concrete forms…Read More

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Enough for the day: the life of handled objects

This excerpt is from the Prologue of The Hare with Amber Eyes. The author, Edmund de Waal, is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. I think the following selection relates well to the thoughts and…Read More

Enough for the day: pilgrimage

I’ve been reading a great book The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Journey to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau. He has much to say about why I love to travel and where the original inspiration for The Patra Passage began. Cousineau writes: “pilgrimage (is) a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something…Read More


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Enough for the day: the passage begins

 The Museum of Glass send-off September 28, 2013.  The PatraPassage begins its journey with you.   The launch was a wonderful event for me, truly a lifetime highlight. We had about 100 participants and guests who made a real effort to brave the elements on an intensely stormy night to share time together at the…Read More