Be filled with light

My son Jay and his fiancée Rachel canceled their May wedding—and just got married on March 28. It seemed a wise decision then, and now we know it was a wise decision. We are happy for them, and we like Rachel, who sent me a poem by one of my favorite poets one day recently. […]

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“In cocoons, a hidden promise”

Now when I go for my early morning walk, I can wear my shorts and a light jacket. No coat or long pants! And, when I open my front door, I see green grass and green trees—and flowers. Sunny days bring hope, and I am reminded of a hymn—”The Hymn of Promise.” In the bulb […]

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I will try again tomorrow

“One day at a time,” a friend told me yesterday. One stay-in-place day at a time, of course. I remembered a quote from Mary Ann Radmacher, the quote that I sent to my niece Emma when she was in the Peace Corps in Africa. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice […]

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Kindness

A friend calls to see how I am doing. A stranger gives me a warm smile when I take my afternoon walk. My husband shares a joke he has just read while we fix dinner together. These acts of kindness lift my spirit, and I am reminded of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.” Before you […]

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I am not okay

I am okay. That’s what I frequently tell friends when they ask how I am doing during this coronavirus pandemic. And, I am okay—almost all of the time. But, sometimes I am not okay. Recently, a friend said that she had read an interview with a mental health expert who stressed that it is okay […]

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It’s okay to do nothing

I am cleaning the drawers in my desk. The task makes me feel productive—which makes me feel better. I have to remind myself that it’s also okay to do nothing. My husband, Jerry, read an article in The New York Times by a psychologist or psychiatrist who emphasized that message: All of us are feeling […]

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When is eventually?

My refrain is “stay safe.” Recently I have added, “Stay safe and sane.” Eventually, I know this virus crisis will be over. How long is eventually? I wonder if this Albert Camus quote is too dramatic: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” –Joy

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The only solution

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up,” said Dorothy Day, who fought for justice for the poor.

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Peace and hope

Let there be peace and hope and joy at Easter-time.

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Blessings like blossoms

I am trying to remember the message that resonates with spring and Easter. Hope. Let there be hope—and blessings like blossoms in springtime. –Joy

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