My name is Pat. I am a practical scholar, peacebuilder, and guide. I enjoy rowing, reading, writing, and researching. My work is transdisciplinary. At best, I cultivate perspectives that foster peace. It’s often fertile yet fallow ground- which needs attending, as these are the fields where sustainable change germinates.

left/bottom: The Library of Congress; right/top: The Wild and Scenic Rogue River, OR (photos: Pat)

I hold a Master of Science degree in Conflict Resolution from the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace Studies from Naropa University, with training in contemplative methods. I live a contemplative life.

left/bottom: Mexico-U.S. Border (CA-BC); right/top: Wat Saket, Bangkok (photos: Pat)

I think, work, and create through syntheses of experience and contemplation. Reflection is vital. Often, it is by way of thoughtful contemplation that experiences are rendered more wonderful than one could initially imagine. If we’re persistent, that depth of feeling carries through to our subsequent experiences, fostering life-affirming growth through connection.

left/bottom: Mountains and Rivers Mandala; right/top: Crater Lake moonrise, OR (art and photo: Pat)

I consult for ‘the general peace and goodness.’ I’m interested in cultivating harmonious relationships, teams, organizations, and environments. To these ends, my roles include consultant, coach, collaborator, guide, facilitator, mediator, and simply a fellow traveler.

left/bottom: The Rotunda, U.S. Capitol; right/top: Kids & Bubbles, Ile St. Louis, Paris (Photos: Pat)

I am not an optimist nor am I a pessimist. My experience has taught me that things don’t move without force. In terms of humanity, relationships will not change without work. Force and will need not be destructive. By these truths, I work as a re-creationist when needed and, otherwise, as a grateful participant.

left/bottom: Mackinac Bridge, Straights of Mackinac, MI; right/top: St. John’s Bridge, Portland, OR under construction 1930 (Photos: Pat; City of Portland, OR Archives)

May it be beautiful.