Remember Dumbledore?

“Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy,” Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter series, once said.

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Traveling adventures

Of course, I didn’t get done everything I was supposed to get done before I left on my trip. Of course, everything will not go smoothly during my travels. And, of course, no matter, I will have a wonderful time. Trips are never perfect, but they are always an adventure, always fun. As Leonard Cohen […]

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Seat assignment?

I was packing for a trip to Vancouver when I noticed that we didn’t have seat assignments. And, then, when I tried to get assignments online, American Airlines wouldn’t let me. And, I tried to call American Airlines, and its computer told me that I needed to call back because the airline was receiving so […]

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Sharpened by age

Monet painted most of his water-lily paintings when he was in his 70s—and 80s. “My sensitivity, far from diminishing, has been sharpened by age,” he said. I saw 20 of Monet’s water-lily paintings at a new exhibit “Monet—The Late Years” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. –Joy

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The surprises of the day

I went to the Dallas Arboretum two days in a row last week—once with my friend Susie and again with my husband Jerry and our son Jay, who was home for Father’s Day. And, surprise! When I saw flowers the second day that I hadn’t noticed the first day, I remembered a line written by […]

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Summer flowers and storms

It’s summer in Dallas, and yesterday I visited the Dallas Arboretum. It is bright and happy, filled with colorful flowers. The arboretum is beautiful now even though it was closed for a couple of days earlier this week because of storm damage. May your summer be filled with more flowers than storms. –Joy

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A light within

“People are like stained glass windows,” Elisabeth Kubler Ross once said. “They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Kubler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author.

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Ubuntu

The word ubuntu is an African word that means: “I am because of who we are together.” I discovered the word in a University of New Mexico publication about family development. –Joy

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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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Let’s work together

L Grandma Moses, the American folk artist, once said, “Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” I have always liked that quote. Today, we all need to work together—a little harder than we have been—to make the world a better place. –Joy

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