Create meaning

After tragedy, you don’t find meaning, Elaine Pagels, a professor at Princeton, told an audience at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas recently. “You create meaning.” Pagels writes about the death of her 6-1/2-year-old son and her husband in her new book Why Religion?

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Sense of interconnection

Elaine Pagels, a professor at Princeton, writes about the death of her 6-1/2-year-old son and her husband in her new book Why Religion? The two deaths happened about 30 years ago, but, only now, she says, is she able to write about them. “You don’t get over tragedies,” she told an audience at Arts & […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Laugh more!

Wit “is a necessary quality of mind for navigating our complicated world,” says James Geary, author of Wit’s End. In other words, laugh more. “To see clearly, look askance,” Geary advises.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Hug more!

A 2018 study by Carnegie Mellon University found that people who receive hugs feel more positive. They’re happier! In its January 11, 2019, issue The Week magazine also reports that a Harvard study showed that living a healthy, happy life depends more on good friendships than on exercise or cholesterol levels.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Are you a hope-aolic?

“I’m a hope-aolic,” Gloria Steinem declared recently on NPR. Steinem explained that she has hope for the future—because hope is a form of planning. First, you hope for something, and then you get busy to make sure what you hope for happens.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Wear pink–bright pink

Rep. Nancy Pelosi wore fuchsia when she was sworn in as speaker of the House, writes Robin Givhan, fashion writer for The Washington Post. “Pelosi was dress to take on the leadership role in the boldest, brightest, I-am-here shade of pink. In a November CNN interview, Pelosi noted that no one is indispensable, but ‘some […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Don’t eat too much

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of the book Unsavory Truth, offered this advice during an interview with BonAppetit. “Don’t eat too much. Make sure you have vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food. I mean, really, that’s all there is too it.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but I seem to recycle my New Year’s Resolutions. I plan to eat healthy foods, unclutter and update my house, and read more. No matter, the fact that I continue to make the same resolutions indicates what is important to me—and how difficult some goals are to achieve. I’m trying, […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

A year of happy surprises

“Each new year is a surprise to us,” Henry David Thoreau once wrote. We hope your year is full of happy surprises!

Read full story Comments { 0 }

A splendid day

“Splendid” is one of my favorite words, and, for Christmas, I received a splendid mug decorated with a splendid quote. “What a splendid day!” wrote L.M Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. “Isn’t it good just to be alive on a day like this?” –Joy

Read full story Comments { 0 }