Clothes are armor

Miranda, who is 27 and divorced, is taking classes and looking for a job. She spends money on expensive clothes because she has “come to understand that clothes are armor,” writes Emily St. John Mandel in her book Station Eleven. And how are clothes used as armor? I asked myself that question when I read […]

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Something that needs love

“Perhaps, everything terrible is in its deepest being something that needs our love,” Rainer Maria Rike once said. I found this quote recently at Barnes & Nobles in a book called Quotes That Will Change Your Life by Russ Kick. –Joy

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Grit and grace

Deborah Sampson was a member of George Washington’s Continental Army. Disguised as a man, she was the first woman to take a bullet for her country. She removed the musket ball and stitched up the wound herself because she feared that a doctor would discover that she was a woman. Meryl Streep told Sampson’s story […]

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What kindness creates

I just received a beautiful card from my friend Ranna, and it has a Lao Tse quote that I want to share. “Kindness in words creates confidence,” Lao Tse once said. “Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” –Joy

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The opposite of love

Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born American Jewish writer, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, died on July 2. But he lives on through his words and his deeds. “The opposite of love is not hate,” he once said. “It’s indifference.” He also said: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. […]

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An instant vacation

I have retreated to my office on a warm July day in Dallas. I have several errands that I need to do, but I dread braving the scalding summer weather. For a few minutes, I consider how wonderful it would be to spend a day on the beach at Galveston or in the mountains of […]

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Summer escapes

My son was laid off from his job at an energy company recently. My daughter is traveling in Mexico. And, my dog has a slight heart murmur. I worry—even though I know that Jay has severance and savings and he will find a new job—and I know that Mary Elizabeth will be safe with her […]

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Don’t think too much

“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much and so to do what best awakens us to love,” St. Teresa of Avila once said. I found this quote recently at Barnes & Nobles in a book called Quotes That Will Change Your Life by Russ Kick. –Joy

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Quotes to change your life?

I was leaving the Barnes & Nobles store in a hurry so that I wouldn’t be late to meet a friend when I noticed a book called Quotes That Will Change Your Life by Russ Kick. I paused just a moment and read the title again. Then, I rushed out of the store. Of course, […]

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Only love

We have been thinking about love and hate since five police officers were killed one night recently in Dallas, which is our home. And, we really like this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness,” Dr. King once said. “Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love […]

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