All good things

“All good things are wild and free,” Thoreau once said.

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Good things in the world

“So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world,” Vincent van Gogh once said.

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Caring for themselves

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. ”We were all so used to sacrificing for our kids, our spouses and our work. I had learned through my years of trying to […]

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My friends make me whole

“My friends made me whole, as they always have and always will. They gave me a life when I felt down or frustrated,” Michelle Obama wrote in her book Becoming.

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Small kindnesses

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built on a thousand small kindnesses….swapped back and forth and over again,” Obama wrote […]

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Adventures and stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Then, you’ll have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I found that quote last weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. –Joy

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Bookworms

For Halloween, I would like to be a bookworm and curl up on the couch with a book or two. In Austin at the Texas Book Festival on October 26-27, I saw a girl with a t-shirt that declared, “Bookworms become butterflies!” –Joy

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Three women in Central Park

Central Park has had 22 statues of men, but not one statue honoring the accomplishments of women. Soon, though, statues of three women will be added—Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. That’s good news.

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The world’s wide gift

“Stretch out your hand and take the world’s wide gift of joy and beauty,” Corinne Roosevelt Robinson once said.

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Books are the journey

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home,”  Anna Quindlen once said. This weekend, I’m going on a journey to the Texas State Book Festival, where I’ll hear Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, John Grisham and Malcolm Gladwell speak. Last year, 50,000 people […]

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