Happy Easter!

Happy spring! Happy Easter! “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said.

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Fresh air and sunshine

When we went to the Dallas Arboretum last week with our friends Sally and Charlie, Sally said, “Let’s go again next week.” So, we’re going to the arboretum again today. “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat,” Laura Ingalls Wilder once said. Fresh air and sunshine—and flowers, of course! –Joy

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New beginnings

“Spring is here. Welcome all new beginnings!” I found that quote somewhere, and I can’t find who said it. Probably the author is “anonymous.” Whoever said it was a wise woman. –Joy

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Happy spring!

I spent the first day of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, where 500,000 spring flowers are blooming. That’s right. 500,000! The Dallas Arboretum is the Southwest’s “largest floral festival.” It was a happy day. As Emerson once wrote, “The earth laughs in flowers.” –Joy

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Perfectly imperfect

I often want everything to be perfect. That’s why I was delighted to find this quote in House Beautiful magazine. “The world needs more celebration of what it is to be perfectly imperfect,” says Christina Tosi, a James Beard award-winning pastry chef in Manhattan. –Joy

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A seat at the table

Women now make up a quarter of the state legislators in the United States. Today, 1,865 or 25.3 percent of the 7,383 state legislators are women. That compares to 344 or 4.5 percent in 1971, according to the spring 2018 issue of Ms. magazine. We’ve made progress, but we still have a long way to […]

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A great adventure

My niece Emma leaves on April 9th for two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. I can’t wait to hear about all of the interesting things she will do and everything she will see and learn. As A.A. Milne once said, “A great adventure is about to begin.” –Joy

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They happened to things

Last week, I saw high-quality reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Mona Lisa and models of Leonardo’s flying machine and self-propelled car at an exhibit in Albuquerque. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them,” Leonardo da Vinci once said. “They […]

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Wanting to belong

Jhumpa Lahiri writes about what it means to be on the outside looking in. “It’s that desperation to want to belong—to not be all these pieces—to be concrete—to be at the same time one thing,” Lahiri told the audience at an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas on January 30. Lahiri was born in […]

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Talk less. Listen more.

Todd Davis reminds us of the importance of listening in his book Get Better—15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. “One of the most profound gifts you can give another human being is your sincere understanding,” he writes. “To do so requires clearing away your mental clutter, suspending (at least temporarily) your agenda […]

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