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Merry and mellow

Sing apples and peaches and pears! Sing orange and scarlet and yellow! Sing green turned to glory To tell us the story That autumn is merry and mellow! –Alice Henderson We’re wishing you some mellow-ness this week!

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The best we can

“The truth?” writes Frederik Backman in his book Anxious People. “The truth about all of this? The truth is that this was a story about many different things, but most of all about the idiots. Because we’re doing the best we can, we really are. We’re trying to be grown-up and love each other and […]

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We learn to pretend

“There is such an unbelievable amount that we’re all supposed to be able to cope with these days,” says Frederik Backman in his book Anxious People. “You’re supposed to have a job, and somewhere to live, and a family, and you’re supposed to pay taxes and have clean underwear and remember the password to your […]

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A ripple of hope

“Each time a man a (or a woman or a child)  stands up for an ideal—or  acts to improve the lot of others—or  strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends forth a tiny ripple of hope—and  crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which […]

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Truth and facts

“There is no truth, we all know that,” says Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize winning author. “No one truth. No objective truth. No simple truth or no one simple truth either. But there are facts. Hard facts. Objective facts. Verifiable facts. And the more facts you come up with, the closer you come to whatever truth […]

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Enlarge your world

I just visited Washington, D.C., with Bob Woodward when I read Rage, and, before that trip, I visited the forests of California with Robert Powers when I read The Overstory. I am thankful for books during this pandemic! “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all,” Jacqueline […]

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Ease is the disease

“Ease is the disease….Once you’ve bought a novel in your pajamas, there’s no turning back,” writes Richard Powers in The Overstory.

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A good story

“The best arguments in the world won’t change a person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story,” writes Richard Powers in The Overstory.

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People who are difficult

“I don’t enjoy normal, high functioning people,” Frederik Backman, the author of a new book called Anxious People, said recently during an Arts & Letters Live virtual presentation. “When I meet other people who are normal and happy and content, I don’t like them. I like people who are difficult, who march to the beat […]

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The enemy

“We have met the enemy, and they is us,” Pogo once said.

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