Life is startling

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else,” Emily Dickinson once said. –Joy

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The reason people worry

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work,” Robert Frost once said. I’ll share another quote with you […]

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Happiness is not for another hour

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “Happiness is not in another place, but in this place. It’s not in another hour, but in this hour,” Walt Whitman once said. I’ll share more […]

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When I’m 105

Elizabeth Sullivan, who is 105 years old, threw the first pitch at a Texas Rangers’ game on April 6. This Resolute Woman practiced throwing the ball overhand for a month before the game. “I was throwing underhand because that’s the way girls did when I was in school,” Sullivan told The Dallas Morning News. When […]

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A woman who had strife in her life

In 2003, the actress Patty Duke, who died March 29, 2016, played Aunt Eller in a Broadway revival of the musical “Oklahoma!” By then, the actress, wrote Frazier Moore for The Associated Press, “had spent a dozen years living in Idaho with her fourth husband,….seeking refuge from the clutter, noise and turmoil of the big […]

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A legacy of bluebonnets

Today, when Lady Bird Johnson’s name is mentioned, many Texans—like me—think first of the countless bluebonnets that blossom along the highways of our state every spring. In the years before she died in 2007, “those who remembered her only as the wife of an unpopular president may still have disparaged her Southern drawl, but closer […]

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Lady Bird’s beautification team

When Lady Bird Johnson launched her beautification campaign in 1965, people hadn’t yet realized the importance of conservation and protecting the environment. To educate the country, Lady Bird sent out Senate and cabinet wives and other women friends to give speeches throughout the country. “When Jane Freeman, wife of Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman, was introduced […]

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The marriage that made a president

Betty Boyd Carroli, in her book Lady Bird and Lyndon—The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President, concludes that Lyndon never would have succeeded as a senator or made it to the White House without the help of Lady Bird. Lady Bird Johnson was “an invaluable asset who served as sounding board, financial […]

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The double bind

A double bind requires you to obey two mutually exclusive commands, explained Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, in a recent article in The Washington Post. “Anything you do to fulfill one violates the other. Women running for office, as with all women in authority, are subject to these two demands: Be a […]

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A garden without flowers

Our friends Mark and Eva, who now live in Washington state, came to visit, and we ate hamburgers cooked outside on the grill and Greek potato salad that I made with a new recipe. Then, our friends Ken and Gail came over, and the six of us shared conversation and chocolate cake. The next day, […]

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