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Another person

“Inside every person is a universe, and we’ll never know what it feels like to be another person,” author Elizabeth Strout told Time magazine in its May 15, 2017 issue. And, then, Strout concluded, “Which is horrifying.” Horrifying? That’s a strong word. I try to understand what another person is feeling. I think I can [...]

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Who’s normal?

“Someone you don’t know very well,” my friend Mary told me recently. –Joy

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Her daughter’s secrets

Marilyn, a character in the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, had left her daughter, who was only 11 months old, playing on a quilt in the living room and gone into the kitchen to get a cup of tea. Marilyn was startled to find Lydia, who had taken her first steps, [...]

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Free from family?

Her brother Nath was ready to leave his family and go away to college—“to start over as a new person with a new life.” It’s “just a problem of geography,” he thought, “with the confidence of someone who had never yet tried to free himself of family.” Most of us, like Nath, a character in [...]

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A deep sense of satisfaction

It’s sometime in the 1970s when Marilyn’s mother dies and Marilyn finds her mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook, “spine cracking and mended, twice with Scotch tape.” Marilyn, a character in the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, flips through the book, reading. “Always cookies in the cookie jar! Is there a happier symbol [...]

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The sky and the mountains

Whenever I go to New Mexico, I feel a little more relaxed, much more peaceful. I think my feelings have something to do with the immense sky, the lovely mountains, the stark beauty of the landscapes. But, I need to remind myself that I can feel that same peace when I notice the sky and [...]

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Look around you

Often, when my friend Gaynelle and I are taking our morning walk, we are so busy walking and talking that we forget to look around and see the green grass and the May flowers that are blooming in our neighborhood. “Take time to look,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote recently in the [...]

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The sky is bluer

I just returned from New Mexico—where the sky is bigger and bluer. “Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip [...]

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Kind and tough

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough,” President Franklin Roosevelt once said. I found that quote in a museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip [...]

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A wonderful day

I have repeated this delightful quote that I found in a restaurant in New Mexico several times: “Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” But, a few days after I returned from my trip, I found another quote at Barnes & Nobles, and I like it even better: “Life does not have to be [...]

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