Irritated?

I’ll admit it. The person I am staying-in-place with sometimes irritates me. However, I smiled, when a friend reminded me: “The person irritating you may be the person you are irritating.” –Joy

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Gratitude at this dark time

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, wrote in the April 24 issue of the magazine about the people he encountered on a bike ride. One woman jogger smiled at me, a stranger, with such genuine warmth I was startled. “Hi,” she called out as I rolled by, in recognition of our shared predicament: escaped prisoners […]

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An inescapable network

One of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes is this one. “All life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality–tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” I heard someone repeat this quote last week on a TV news show. Doesn’t it ring true today […]

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My trip to North Korea

How am I doing? I have been escaping the pandemic by traveling to North Korea. Really! My friend Jane gave me two books about people who escaped the horrors of North Korea—The Girl with Seven Names and A River in Darkness. No matter how long this virus crisis lasts, I won’t run out of books. […]

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Read a book

What do people need more than anything now? Books, says author Emma Straub. “What are we all doing in our quarantines? We’re figuring out how to walk out the door without walking out the door. Reading a book is the best way to do that.” Straub talked about her new book All Adults Here in […]

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The best of times, the worst of times

“Keep the faith. You can make it across the moat,” Margaret Atwood writes in the May 4, 2020, issue of Time magazine. “You can enjoy this time, albeit at a pace somewhat less frenzied than when things were ‘normal.’ Many are questioning the pace—What was the hurry?—and deciding to live differently. “It’s the best of […]

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Notice the beauty

Now is a good time to notice all of the beauty around you. The trees and flowers, the blue sky, the moon and stars at night. As the artist Nam June Paik once said, “Open your window and count the stars.”

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Happy Mother’s Day

I told my husband Jerry this morning that I bet there are lots of mothers—like me—who wish they could hug their children on Mother’s Day—and I bet there are lots of mothers—with children who are younger—who wish they could have a few hours of peace without their children. Happy Mother’s Day! Mothers with adult children—like […]

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Be happy

Be as happy as you can today. Do something that makes you happy. Eat a cookie, go for a walk, make a phone call to someone you love. And, remember all the happy days that you have had. And, keep in mind that there will be many more happy days in the future. –Joy

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Remember

Remember when you could go  to the grocery store if you decided suddenly you needed more lettuce or you could go out to eat if you didn’t feel like cooking dinner or you could call a friend and invite her to lunch. Remember. Someday we will be able to do those things again. But, now […]

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