Agree to disagree

My friend Kerry, a Methodist minister, reminded me where the term “agree to disagree” comes from. In her church’s online newsletter, Kerry attributes the phrase to John Wesley, the first Methodist, and his friend George Whitfield. Wesley wrote in a letter to his brother Charles, “If you agree with me, well. If not, we can […]

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What makes life so sweet

I’m back from a trip to Bellingham, Washington, where I visited my friends Mark and Eva and also to Winthrop Washington, where I attended Elizabeth and Brooke’s wedding. I looked forward to the trip for months. I had a splendid time, and now I have many happy memories. As Emily Dickinson once wrote, “That it […]

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Small things

When I read about Mother Teresa being named a saint, I remembered one of my favorite quotes. “Not all of us can do great things. Bu we can do small things with great love,” Mother Teresa said. She also said: * Peace begins with a smile.” * “If you judge people, you have no time […]

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The cure for boredom

My daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and I were standing in line at the Southwest counter in Seattle when I noticed this quote on a woman’s tote bag. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is not a cure for curiosity.” I checked online, and the quote can be attributed to Dorothy Parker or Ellen Parr. –Joy

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My family is growing

While I was visiting our friends Mark and Eva in Bellingham, Washington, I thought about this fact: Sometimes friends seem like family. And, how wonderful that is! My family expands when I move a friend from the very-good-friend category to the almost-like-family category. –Joy

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If men had babies

I found a card in an antique shop in Bellingham, Washington, and I couldn’t resist buying it for my friend Kathleen, who is supposed to have her second baby before the end of the month. The card shows a funky illustration of two men—one is sitting behind a desk and talking—and the other is wearing […]

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A journey to find herself

Amazing! The new Disney movie “Moana” will feature a heroine who journeys to find herself—not to find a man. We read about “Moana” in the August 8, 2016, issue of Time magazine.

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Want to live to be 200?

If you want to live longer, you might follow the example of the Greenland shark. A new study in Science reported on 28 Greenland sharks that are 200 years or older, making them the planet’s longest-lived vertebrate. These sharks don’t eat every day. In fact, they might just have a big meal once or twice […]

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The meaning of life

“Love is our true destiny,” said Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic. “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.”

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The beginning of love

Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic, once said, “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. “Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

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