Flowers in the garden of life

Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” That is one of my favorite quotes, and here are two more quotes that are wonderful for spring—or for any time. Whitman said, “With every leaf a miracle.” And, anonymous said, “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.” –Joy

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Happy spring!

Now when my dog, Ginger, and I go on our morning walk, we see green grass and flowering trees. My husband, Jerry, says that spring arrived early this year because of climate change. No matter, it officially is arriving on March 20, and it is a happy time. As Emerson said, “The earth laughs in […]

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An Irish blessing

I’m Irish; so, I’m sending you an old Irish blessing for St. Patrick’s Day. May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. –Joy

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Bitter and sweet

I just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and now I’m reading A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly. Both books describe life as bitter and sweet. How true. –Joy

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Nevada may pass the ERA

Nevada may vote soon to become the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. But the vote would be a little late. The deadline to ratify the amendment ended in 1982 with 35 states in favor of the ERA. That wasn’t enough. The Constitution requires 38 states—or three-quarters of all states—to ratify an amendment. […]

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Enough women?

“When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?” a BBC reporter asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month on PBS. “When there are nine women,” R.B.G. answered, smiling and explaining that for too many years there were nine men on the court.

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Together we persist

That was the headline on an email message that we received from Wendy Davis, who ran for governor in Texas and lost. Losing an election didn’t stop Wendy from taking action and fighting for the causes she believes in. She was writing to tell us about a nonprofit called Deeds Not Words. Recently, the nonprofit […]

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My friend Leslie sent me a wonderful t-shirt. The words on the front say: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” What a lot of truth is expressed in those three words. Those words remind me of my grandmother who kept the family farm going in West Texas after her husband died. When the Depression made everything more difficult, […]

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The habit of excellence

I’m de-cluttering again—and discovering some bits of wisdom in the tons of papers that I have saved. How about a quote from Aristotle? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” Aristotle once said. –Joy

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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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