The sky is bluer

I just returned from New Mexico—where the sky is bigger and bluer. “Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip […]

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Kind and tough

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough,” President Franklin Roosevelt once said. I found that quote in a museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip […]

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A wonderful day

I have repeated this delightful quote that I found in a restaurant in New Mexico several times: “Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” But, a few days after I returned from my trip, I found another quote at Barnes & Nobles, and I like it even better: “Life does not have to be […]

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A perfect day

“Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” I found that quote in a restaurant in Los Alamos, New Mexico. –Joy

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Finding meaning

In the forward to his new book, Bruce Feiler quotes Thomas Merton: “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.” I recently heard Feiler talk in Dallas about his book The First Love Story—Adam, Eve and Us. –Joy

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Adam and Eve?

The story of Adam and Eve is about love—about connections, Bruce Feiler stressed when he talked recently in Dallas about his new book The First Love Story—Adam, Eve, and Us. “God doesn’t want us to be alone,” Feiler said. This story is also about resilience, he added. “Adam and Eve leave Eden together, and they […]

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The first independent woman

Why has Eve taken all the blame for taking a bite out of that fruit in the Garden of Eden? First, Bruce Feiler wants everyone to understand that the fruit was not an apple. Apples are not grown in the part of the world where the stories of the Bible took place. The fruit might […]

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Life goes on

My friend Olga told me about her friend who just died. She was a woman who had seen much and done much—and, for Olga, she had been more family than friend. I could feel Olga’s sadness when she concluded, “Life goes on.” It’s true. Robert Frost once said: ‘In three words, I can sum up […]

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Have a great life

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, ends her book On Living with the advice she received from one of her dying patients. “Promise me that you’ll have a great life no matter what happens.”

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Finding meaning

Kerry Egan, author of On Living, is a hospice chaplain who spends a lot of time listening to people’s stories. If you know someone who tells the same stories again and again—and I do, Egan explains that the person is still trying to find meaning in his or her stories. That’s the reason for the […]

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