Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Down the drain

“There’s only one person exactly like you in the world,” Mr. Rogers once said. “You can never go down the drain.” That quote is one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I […]

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A snappy new day

“I think I’ll make a snappy new day,” Mr. Rogers once said. That’s good advice. It’s rainy in Dallas, and I am feeling the after-the-holiday blues. The quote is one of the many quotes on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat […]

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Judging people

“I … try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks […]

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Real change

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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A gentle touch

“It will be welcomed much more if you have a gentle touch than if you are aggressive,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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The many wonders of life

I don’t always feel thankful when my alarm sounds, but I usually feel thankful by the time I begin my morning walk. In her book Grateful, Diana Butler Bass quotes Thich Nhat Hanh. Waking up this morning, I see blue sky. I join my hands in thanks for the many wonders of life— For having […]

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The wine of the soul

I am reading Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful again—this time with my Sunday School class. And, I am feeling grateful for many things, but especially for my book club, which has been meeting for 33 years. We met this week and made a list of 12 good books to read. Diana Butler Bass repeats a […]

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Goodness, justice and peace

On December 29, 2019, Bernice King wrote, “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Determine what kind of everyday human you want to be. And decide if that human will be for goodness, justice, peace and love.  “And envision if that human has dreams that will lift humanity. Then, the moments, years and minutes will matter.”  Bernice King […]

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