About…

Source of Inspiration is in its seventh year. I have refrained from writing an “about” page as these poems are not about me, rather about us. In them we all find inspiration and life lessons to help us grow. When I started this blog, I had never written or read poetry, and had no idea what a blog was or that there were thousands of them. It has astounded me to watch the readership grow…surely an action of Source from whom we receive these beautiful poems.

But many of you have asked me to tell you a bit about myself, so here goes. I am from the US was a volunteer for the past 14 years at an ecological project and game preserve in central Brazil. I am retired now but had a program called “Stars of Life” that was for local children with disabilities and emotional problems. I also held free retreats for women in crisis. This work was a blessing beyond my wildest dream. I had no experience in these areas but simply turned to Source to show me what to do. Out of that came an interesting combination of equine therapy and other therapeutic modalities with the children.

One of the surprises of the blog is the more than 39,000 comments from readers from around the world. Such incredibleย sharing, caring, with readers often responding to each other in the most loving, beautiful ways. I am deeply honored by the readership of this blog, although am just the scribe. Still, I am have loved getting to know many of our readers and thank each of you for your comments and friendship.

I send each of you a big hug and much Love and Light, pat

187 thoughts on “About…

  1. Hi Pat,
    Your blogs are so amazing- they teach so much , a positive, pure, inspirational, and selfless way of life. And all your words, they are full of expressions, speaking from heart. You have a beautiful heart and an enlighten soul. It’s a blessing for me that I met you.
    Lots of love & respect,
    Akanksha.

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  2. Hi Pat

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and howโ€™s your blog doing?
    I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Hereโ€™s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group

    Finally, hereโ€™s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
    Greta
    Founder of Healthy Living
    http://www.healthyliving894.com

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    1. The like for Blogger Tips Group is not active and a search gave several choices. Thanks for inviting me to your group. I post a poem every four hours 24/7 on my blog as well as in the main social media outlets. I am also fortunate to have a family e-magazine with readership in 74 countries and one and a half million readers post my poetry each month. I have no idea how many people read, reblog, etc. the poems on Source of Inspiration. I do not worry about that because I only hold the pen. Source does the rest. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had never heard of blogging when I started five years ago, had never written poetry, did not even like it. But, here I am still wondering how the 12,000+ poems came to be. I am trying to put them in books just to preserve them as they were created on WordPress so did not have separate files for them until recently. All this to say, it takes a lot of my day so do not have much time to interact with other bloggers except to respond to the more than 37,000 comments I get. I like what you are doing and wish you the best of luck. If you have a particular question or want to use anything on my site, please feel free to let me know. Thanks, Greta. hugs, pat

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  3. I feel inspired and touched by your sharing, and am looking forward to reading many more of these beautiful poems which indeed and a creative collaboration with the creator ๐Ÿ™‚ Love and blessings on you and yours…Harula x

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      1. I say that I do speak Portuguese but my friends laugh when I say this. I am a US volunteer the past 13 years here in Brazil. I learned much of my Portuguese from the cowboys as I used to ride herd with them. It is a beautiful language that I murder but try. The poems are translated by a blog reader, Annabel, who lives in Portugal. We are currently putting together a book of the poems she has translated for me. Glad to know they are correct as my Portuguese is surely not good enough to know. Glad you found us. How did you? Do you live in Brazil? hugs, pat

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  4. I just “followed” your site while looking through other sites that WordPress.com recommended as compatible with Views from the Edge. I’m struck by the humility of your “About” page, and by your story itself. All the best for the new year! Gordon in Minnesota, USA

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  5. I just found your blog, and realised I was clicking ‘like’ on all your posts, so I though I’d collectively say that I absolutely love your posts. Both the amazing photos and accompanying thoughts. Just beautiful.

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  6. Pat, I have found beautiful photo of the girl warmly hugging bear in your blog and now after reading comments I have understood that you are touching many hearts with your poetry and I would like to use your photo for small charity program to help children. How can I get your permission? Link to photo is attached in contact details website . Thank you

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    1. Tony, most of the pictures I use are from Google Images. I am sorry but I do not know where the picture originated. As I do not use the images for profit, I always assume I can use them here. If anyone objected, I would remove it, of course. hugs, pat

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  7. Pat,

    Our paths are very similar. I have found it an amazing journey of life through writing which I knew not. God is my hand and has worked at healing and breathing new life to people.

    I too do probono lifecoaching for about 14yrs now.

    God truly is awesome as He lights up the pathway for us.

    Abundant blessings and hugs, Emma

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  8. You are an amazing an inspiring blogger. It’s amazing how God works out things. You knew nothing about where you were setting out for when you started; but see where you are today. That is inspiring to those who are uncertain of where they are heading to or of how rough the road may be. Thanks for your offer of this blog to the world.

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  9. Hello, my name is Vron and I’ve been following your blog for a few months. You have so many questions and answers, that you express in an inspiring and beautiful way. That is why I would like to include you in my nominations for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I realise that it may not be your style, but I hope that you will not mind. The post will be tomorrow on Simply Snapshots. Yours Sincerely.

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  10. Hi Pat,
    I found your blog through Higher Density blog and reblogged your poem on the Patience of God. I am so inspired by what you have shared about your story, especially your volunteer work and how you just let poetry flow through you without having written any poems previously.

    Namaste, litebeing

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      1. Yes, indeed the words flow from Source through us when we open to this. Try sitting quietly and asking for the poems. They will come and you will be blessed for receiving them and sharing them. hugs, pat

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    1. Jane, it is true that we must be willing for Source to manifest through us (although it can happen even when we do not knowingly invite it). Once we have this intention, though, it happens again and again, as it does every day…the poems come, quickly without thought or edits for the most part. And as many poems as I am willing to sit and copy down. I believe we all can tap this creative Force if we are willing. And what a wonderful experience it is each time it happens. The energy flowing through is so love filled it leaves me overflowing. Thanks for your kind words. hugs, pat

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  11. Pat, I took the liberty of reblogging your poem. I am no literary guy because I write mostly about farming so I can help Filipino farmers improve their their economic status, hopefully. However, I love poetry because poems are so brief yet so full of wisdom. In times good and not so good, poems are always refreshing. I love your poems!

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  12. Hi, Pat

    I discovered you and your blog just a couple of weeks ago and I’m so happy for this . Because everything I found here is about love, faith, caring and kindness, these human feelings so hard to find lately, in a real shape and a simple and clear expression. And you express yourself in such a sensitive way… So, thank you for being here, in this virtual space, because I like everything you share with us ! And allow me to wish you all the best and also continued success and inspiration.
    Regards from Mirela – Bucharest, Romania ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  13. It is so noble of you to have worked on an eco project and guided children with disabilities.
    Thanks for the follow.
    Hope you find something interesting if not inspiring experience reading Meenas Poems.
    All the best.

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  14. Hi Pat, I absolutely love your creativity….beautiful words, so inspiring.
    I appreciate your follow as well! Keep shining that lovely light of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Hi! i just started following you today =]. I really like how you speak through your words, it touches me in a very great spot. Im very thankful that we all have the ability to share and read and learn and connect and for free and internationally too! I just started my blog this year and I’m loving the hell out of it ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to following you too. Cheers ~

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  16. I’m no poet – came across your blog via Lisa’s reblog and the stunning photo of monkeys first caught my eye. Now I understand where/what/how a bit more from reading this short presentation. You are an astonishing woman. My deepest admiration.

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  17. Pat, thank you for visiting my blog and I’m pleased to connect! Your most recent poem is called, “No Longer Liberal.” The poem and picture just made my heart sing! I, too, have labored and loved those deeply suffering (domestic violence, homelessness, pregnant and parenting teens, special needs, etc.) and I also love a sunny day spent with those who give to me, especially the gift of laughter! Congratulations on your blog and I look forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, a poet and fellow blogger. Its a pleasure to meet you. I wanted to find out, does your blog accept guest posts? Like i said, I’m a poet and I’m looking to contribute to new blogs if you’re interested.

    Regards,
    Tokoni Uti.

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    1. Hi, it is nice to meet you. Because of the nature of the blog, I do not reblog or use guests poets. If you are wanting to get more exposure, one of the best ways is to join a poetry group. There are several of them and I found it a great way to meet people and to share my work initially. hugs, pat

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  19. Hi Pat,

    Thanks so much for following my blog! I find yours very interesting and look forward to checking out more. I hope you enjoy my posts and feel free to let me know what you think!

    Your friend and brother,
    Christian

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  20. Hi Pat, I’m gonna steal the Coleman Barks Translation of Rumi from your page. I may not use it on my BLog as this type of theft would be unkind. I may use it in class though. Nice one!

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    1. Please feel free to use the quote however you would like to use it. It is an important piece of wisdom that bears repeating anywhere we can. Rumi healed my dislike of poetry due to a terrible class I took in college. His work is my inspiration. Use the quote on your blog or class…or to people who need to hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚ hugs, pat

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  21. Pat… I am now reading your “about me” section only because i am astonished at the way you speak through your poems. In 3 days that i have started following your peom, i have found a wealth of inspiration for me to continue writing and a purpose for why i should write. Great work…

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    1. If you feel called to write, do so. There are so many people searching, wanting to connect. If you follow your inner voice, you will be led as to what to write. Remember that when we give, we also keep a copy for ourselves. I learn so much from these Source poems. Nice to have you here, Asher. hugs, pat

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  22. I am an ardent reader of your blog for months now… And I have to say I am quite a fan of yours…. I wanna talk to you so so much…. I mean, where do get so many ideas that you are able to post about two poems a day… Where do you find the inspiration?… I really like it when you write long…. But I also have to say, I don’t like it when you choose a word and give each letter a sentence (seems inferior to the talent you exhume in your poems, you know)… Anyways… I really like your blog…

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    1. Prathee, you can write me at patcegan@hotmail.com if you wish to talk with me. I normally post a poem every six hours unless I am without Internet or away and unable to prepost. The poems are from Source. I could never have written the 7000 poems posted in the last three years by myself as I had never written or even read poetry. The poems are about what we all struggle with in life. I learn from them just as everyone else does. I do not understand the process, i.e., how they happen to come every morning. I sit quietly with pen and paper and just write until I feel it is time to stop. There are always six poems and sometimes as many as 20, depending on how long I sat. I edit very little, mostly typing or spelling errors, never content. At times I have deleted a poem because it did not seem to come from Source. hugs, pat

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      1. Nice… Im just an 18 year old… Maybe I also would get your amounts of knowledge and language when grow… As of now, Id be very gla if u read my poems that I’ve recently wrote… I want your opinion on where I stand… So please spare a minute or two if possible… Heres the link http://pratheekreddy68.wordpress.com/

        Caveat: Dont forget I am an 18 year old… ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Thank you Pat

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      2. I am sorry but I am not qualified to assess your poetry. Each person who writes from his or her heart expresses what is true for them. I would not critique anyone’s work for what purpose would it serve? Just write from your heart…anything else needed will come as appropriate. hugs, pat

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      3. Ok Pat… I really approciate they way you think… Then just take a look at it… Haha… Even though u dont want to critique, your mind definitely dies it while u read… I do not want you to tell me what you felt about them… U just reading them will make me glad…

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  23. Hi Pat…. I am an ardent reader of your blog and wonder many times about how you get to pen a new poem everyday… Where do you find these ideas and inspiration?… I mean, you look at nature, or enjoy diverse things, adventurous?…. I really like reading your poems, and even more when they are long…. You have my heart

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    1. Michelle, the one thing I have learned over the years is that everything changes. What seems insurmountable, simply goes away with time. It has given me great faith. Life is difficult at times but I always ask the question, “What can I learn from this?” There is always something we can learn from everything we experience. Thanks for visiting Source of Inspiration. I send you a big hug, pat

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  24. Pat, what a lovely site. I have just come across it and look forward very much to exploring what you have here.

    I have just started my own site called Change your Energy, and am already being inspired by your dedication.

    Love and Light, Peter

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    1. I can not think of anything that I would rather have heard. More and more I am seeing how Source manifests through us when we allow this. What a blesssing when it is happening…impossible to describe. All of us can do this when we are ready. Thank you for your words and the love behind them. hugs, pat

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    1. I am an original Floridian whose family settled Hardee County several generations ago. I also have a special bond with animals and live on a game preserve and ecological project in central Brazil. Your blog is wonderful and much needed. So much of Florida’s natural resources have been destroyed in just my lifetime. Good for you to be part of the move to restore this beautiful part of Earth. Hugs, pat

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  25. Pat:

    I am in Abadiania staying with mutual friend Ania. She turned me on to your blog.
    Thank you sister for spreading words of inspiration. I would like to include you in my blog’s favorite links section.

    Blessings to you this day and always,
    LeeZa Donatella
    Author and Blogger.
    Spiritual Spew

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    1. Hi, nice to meet you LeeZa. Thank you for honoring Source of Inspiration with a link on your blog. I am looking forward to exploring your blog. Hope we get to meet before you leave. It is past time for me to visit there. I just downloaded your book to my Kindle and am glad to know about it. hugs, pat

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  26. Re: “One of the surprises of the blog is the more than 20,000 comments from readers from around the world.”
    ———————————–
    I’m not surprised in the least – your poems are wonderful – a delight to read/savor. They are some of the very best I have read here on Word Press or anywhere else for that matter.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. These poems flow through my pen effortlessly with almost no changes. I can not take the credit for them as they simply come each morning for as long as I am willing to write them down…usually I sit for about an hour to an hour and a half. During that time six or more poems come in rapid succession…every day. For this reason I call them Source poems. Am I tapping into a universal Source of creativity? I honestly do not know but I had never read poetry and certainly never wrote it until I started my blog three years ago. In fact, I did not even know what a blog was, much less that there are thousands of them. I learn from and am delighted by the poems every day just like you. When I revisit some in the archives, I do not remember them usually or if I do, I see that I am understanding them at a deeper level this time. Thus, they give again and again. I started to put them in ebooks last week…a daunting task as there are now more than 7000 poems. People keep asking me to preserve them but WP does not make this easy to do as their xml files are not readily converted to workable files…something I hope they remedy in the future. Thank you for visiting here and adding your sweet words. hugs, pat

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      1. You should consider getting the latest version of Word Perfect. It has an ebook converter built into it and it should a simple matter of copying and lasting from blog into the word processor of the program and then formatting to text. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Nice feature, the ebook converter. I am currently writing the poems by hand as that has always seemed right to me. I then type it into Microsoft Word and paste it into my blog. I use Word because CreateSpace where I self-publish my books will take the Word file. I don’t know if it takes Word Perfect. It is a laborious process for sure. I suppose I could omit the handwritten step but haven’t so far. I have thousands of poems on the blog that are only on the blog and I have tried converting their xml files and it is very time-consuming and needs a lot of editing. Guess if our Creator wants them in book format, it will happen but for now, only my current poems are being created in CreateSpace format for publication. I have four books now that need to be edited, covers made, etc. for publication. I have had some huge changes in my life this year so really have not made the time to do this. Thanks for the suggestion, though. It may come in handy later as my life settles down. hugs, pat

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  27. Hey Pat! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and your blogs always catch my eye. You write beautiful. This is why I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Now, I’m not sure if you accept these awards. To be honest, it looks like you might have quite a few awards fly your way, so I won’t be offended if you don’t pass it on etc… but if you do want to, please click on the link -> http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/versatile-blogger-award/ …Oh and congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the great blog!

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  28. Hi Pat.
    I liked the poems and thoughts I looked at on your blog.
    Thanks for visiting mine.
    Its nice to meet new bloggers – there are so many; I had no idea.
    I mostly thought I’d post and the archive might be used.
    Well to my surprise, there is lots of interest here in what I post every day.
    I get around; best I can. Its a pleasure.
    Blessings.
    ~ Eric

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  29. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the follow of our blog. I never want to take it for granted.
    A Servant
    P.S. Next week I’ll be introducing a new blog idea and will be asking for input. I sure would like for you to chime in with what you think.

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    1. The pleasure was mine. I wish I had more time to visit blogs. There are so many wonderful blogs. I post so often that it leaves me little time to explore more of the blogs. I liked yours very much. hugs, pat

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  30. Hi Pat,
    Really enjoyed reading some of your poetry, and I really like how your images tie it together nicely. Very inspirational! I would love to hear sone of your stories and experiences living in Brazil too, maybe in another blog.
    Mike

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  31. Pat… thank you for your continued inspiring words to us all… I know you have your own awakening story and wondered if you would like to share it… I have a january challenge, which could go into february as I would love to collect 33 experiences and put them together in a Free E Book for all participants to put on their own blog… to share and help inspire others to in their own awakening… Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you, Barbara x about the challenge… http://memymagnificentself.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/challenge-2014-my-awakening-experience-and-moving-forward/ and my story… http://memymagnificentself.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/january-challenge-my-awakening-experience-and-moving-on/

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    1. Barbara, thank you for the invitation to participate in your awakening stories. For me, it is important to remain in the background. Only yesterday did I put an “About” page after three years of not having one. My awakening has been strong and ongoing but at this moment, I share it only through the poetry. Your blog is beautiful and will touch many people I am sure. Thanks again for the invitation. big hug, pat

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