Our best tonics

Mary Oliver looks with a poet’s eyes—and she looked with those same eyes even when she was writing essays for her book Upstream. For her, nature contains “our best tonics, if we would take them.” All we have to do is observe the world around us. “How wonderful that the universe is beautiful in so […]

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Think with patience

Mary Oliver, in her book Upstream, says that she has learned from the great ones—writers like Shelley and Wordsworth and Emerson. She has learned, she explains, “to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always caringly.”

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A thousand unbreakable links

“The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River and ourselves—we are at risk together,” writes Mary Oliver in her book Upstream. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and I must admit that I like her poetry much better than the essays in Upstream. But, this book contains paragraphs that are poetry—and full of wisdom. This poet […]

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Parity in 2055!?

Women should reach parity with men on corporate boards by 2055, says Equilar, a corporate research firm. 2055? That seems a long way off. The pace might pick up, The Dallas Morning News reports. But, currently, the number of women on boards is increasing very slowly. About 15 percent of the director seats at publicly […]

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The happiest people

Booker T. Washington once said: “I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others.” We found that message on a Valentine’s card.

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Blame it on Donald Trump

We try to avoid politics in our blog posts. So, this is all I am going to say. I was not happy when Donald Trump was inaugurated. I was so upset that I started eating chocolate and everything in sight—which was a bad thing to do since I hadn’t lost the five pounds that I […]

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

I had never heard about Galentine’s Day until I read an article in the February 13, 2017, issue of The Dallas Morning News. I think it’s a great idea. We need a day to celebrate the importance of our female friends—our gal friends! I have a number of splendid girl and women friends, and they […]

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What makes you angry?

My mother used to say that you can tell the size of a person by what makes him or her angry. I thought about that quote recently when I got very angry at someone at the post office. I didn’t yell, but I felt like yelling. I wasn’t really all that angry at the post […]

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I’m speaking up

I’ve made a goal to write at least one letter to my representatives in Washington, D.C., and Austin every week. So far, this year I’ve written 12 letters. I’m speaking up. There’s a Latin proverb that says: “He (or she!) who is silent, when he (or she) ought to have spoken and was able to, […]

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High heels—no longer required

When Nicola Thorp reported for work as a temporary receptionist in the financial center in London, her supervisor told her that she had to wear shoes with heels at least two inches high. Thorp stood up for her rights to wear flat shoes and started a petition that gathered 150,000 signatures. More than two years […]

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