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Keep swimming–and keep singing

My friend whose husband has brain cancer visited me. What can we do when something bad happens? Sometimes you can take action to find a solution, but sometimes there is no solution. These words are from a poem from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends […]

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The heart’s a deep well

Squander it all! Hold nothing back. The heart’s a deep well. And when it’s empty, It will fill again. These are words from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends who give you a book—a book you never would have read if it wasn’t a gift. […]

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Joy and sorrow

Lots of sorrow and a little joy. Lots of joy and only a bit Of sorrow.             Who can know The formula beforehand? These are words from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends who give you a book—a book you never would have read if […]

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Poems from a friend

Friends who give you a book are some of the best kinds of friends—especially when it is a book you never would have read if it wasn’t a gift. One of my special friends gave me a book of poems How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr. Orr writes about appreciating the world you live […]

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300 years to equality?

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in a report issued in March 2023, warns that progress won over decades is vanishing because “the patriarchy is fighting back.” Women’s rights are being “abused, threatened and violated” around the world and gender equality won’t be achieved for 300 years if we stay on the […]

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Lunch with a friend

I had lunch with a friend—a friend I hadn’t had lunch with since before the pandemic. The lunch was a reminder that it’s wonderful to have friends—friends we see often and also friends we don’t see so often. It is special to have friends who are friends and remain friends even when we don’t see […]

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Friends and happiness

My friends make me happy. “I count myself in nothing else so happy/ As in a soul remembering my good friends,” Shakespeare once said. –Joy

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Love is all around

I helped with a Girl Scout day-of-service on March 4, 2023. Before the Girl Scouts left to help senior citizens, pick up trash in a park and help people in a number of other ways, I listened as almost 70 girls repeated this litany. Love is all around us. Good is all around us. We […]

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Truth and wisdom

“No one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom,” says Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. “We make progress by listening to each other.”

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Happy?

What do you need to be happy? In his book, Endurance, Alfred Lansing writes about Earnest Shackleton and his 28-man crew, who were stranded in an island of ice in the Antarctica for 17 months in 1914 and 1915. With little food—and without cell phones! Lansing remarks about Dr. Alexander Macklin’s “good humor.” Dr. Macklin […]

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