Talk to your enemies

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies,” Desmon Tutu once said—and was quoted first by the HuffingtonPost.com.

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Simple or complex?

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If things were simple, word would have gotten around.” Those words came from philosopher Jacques Derrida—and originally appeared in TheBrowser.com.

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Blessed are you

My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, shared this blessing in her church newsletter. Kerry found it on Kate Bowler’s podcast. Blessed are you, dear one, who have been told you are too big, too loud, too brown, too weird, too old, too much. You belong here. Blessed are you, you who navigate your workplace […]

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Holidays with family

Jerry and I spent Easter last year, Thanksgiving last year, Christmas last year and New Year’s Day this year without our children. Because of COVID, of course. This year, we have had two doses of vaccine, and we spent Easter with our daughter Mary Elizabeth and her husband Jesús. It was a splendid day. Mary […]

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Music is the sound of heaven

“The truth is that music is not a melody; it is a place in time,” says Joan Chittister, a Roman Catholic nun and author. “It is somewhere to go where no one else, no noise, no interruptions can intrude….It takes our noisy, crowded lives and quiets us in the orbit of the sublime.   Music is the […]

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A little TV in your head

I remember when my daughter Mary Elizabeth read lots of Beverly Cleary books. I was sad when I heard that Cleary died recently, but I smiled when I read an obituary that mentioned a letter one girl wrote to the author. Reading, the girl wrote, is “like having a little television set in your head.” […]

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Wonderful, not perfect

I went to the arboretum for lunch. The park was a bit crowded. We had to wait in line to order our food.  It took us a few minutes to find a quiet, isolated place to eat. However, the blooming flowers and cherry trees were beautiful. It was a sunny day. And, it was marvelous […]

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Fire for the mind

I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for […]

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Be an RBG lady

I found a great RBG quote—a reminder to me that there are different ways of being a proper “lady.” “My mother told me to be a lady,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. “And, for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” –Joy

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Make a difference

“We are here to make a difference, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once said.

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