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Summer reading

Once a week during this school year, I have visited a junior high student at a school only a few blocks from my house. She will be in the eighth grade next year, and I have been her mentor since she was in the fourth grade. I want to be sure that she has plenty […]

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All the way to Africa

I paid $23.25 to mail a book—Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke—to my niece Emma, who is spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. It arrived 5-1/2 weeks later. Happy reading, Emma! It’s a long way to Africa. Thanks to WhatsApp, however, I’ve seen photos of Emma chopping wood for a “traditional food day” […]

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An open mind

The last poem in Naomi Shihab Nye’s book A Maze Me is very short. My mind Is always open. I don’t think there’s even a door.

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Amazed forever

When she was in junior high, people always asked the poet Naomi Shihab Nye what she wanted to be when she grew up. In her book A Maze Me, Nye writes that they never asked her “who or how do you want to be.” And, she adds, “I might have said, ‘Amazed forever.’ I wanted […]

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Amazing!

I heard Naomi Shihab Nye speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. And, I just read the poet’s book A Maze Me. This San Antonio poet writes: Life is a maze. You are a maze. Amazed. And amazing. –Joy

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Your children will be fine

Long ago, when my children were young, I read a reassuring article. Your children are going to be fine, the author stressed. However, she added, you will never be the same. And, I know for sure that my children have helped me become a better person. “It is not until you become a mother that […]

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Important work

If you are a mother, never forget that you have done—or you are doing—important work. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much,” Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis once said.

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Tired, but happy

I have a new, improved plan for Mother’s Day! We had planned to visit our son Jay in Tulsa during Memorial Day weekend, but he’s going to be busy that weekend. He has become a serious swing dancer, and he will be attending a special swing dancing event. So, we’re going to Tulsa for Mother’s […]

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Softening my life

After our dog Ginger died, my brother James and his wife Jeany sent us a card with these words: “Dogs love us unconditionally, softening our lives with sweetness and affection.” I love those words “softening our lives.” It’s easier to feel calm when you’re sitting next to a dog. It’s lovely when your dog runs […]

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Good-bye, Ginger

Our dog Ginger died. She had a tumor in her bladder in the worst spot possible. Our vet told us last summer that surgery was not an option. We took good care of Ginger. We took her outside frequently when she had to pee more and more frequently. My husband Jerry did most of the […]

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