So many amazing things

I just read Wild by Cheryl Strayed again before my book club discussed the book. I was impressed by Strayed’s tenacity. Even though her boots were too small and her backpack was too heavy and the snow was too slippery, she kept hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. On her journey, she remembered her mother’s death […]

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A walk with nature

My family and I just returned from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where we stayed in a cabin on a hill in the Ozark Mountains. One morning, my daughter and I walked from our cabin to Blue Spring. It’s a round spring of very cold water that native American Indians believe has healing powers. Native Americans lived […]

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Bossy little girls

Yeah for bossy little girls! “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. Colleen Walker repeated that quote recently at a meeting of Girl Scout leaders. She’s the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, a council […]

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The secret to slimming

If those words seem familiar to you, you probably have been getting the same email message that has been sneaking past my spam filter and into my email box, over and over again, for almost a week. The message offers a 60 percent discount on an “absolutely safe and reliable product” that will help me […]

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Do you sleep in makeup?

Charlotte Tilbury, 40, sleeps in her makeup, reports the July 26, 2013, issue of The Week, which reprinted this news from The Times in the United Kingdom. In fact, her husband of six years has never seen her without makeup. Tilbury, a makeup artist to the stars, takes her makeup off only behind a locked […]

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Keep working!

A French study indicates that people who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Researchers reported the results of the study by INSERM, the French government health research agency, of nearly half a million people at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston in July 2013, and we […]

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Taste the day

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, better known simply as Horace, lived from 65 to 8 B.C. He’s the poet who gets credit for the phrase “carpe diem.” Although the phrase generally is translated as “seize the day,” Harry Eyres, in his new book Horace and Me, translates the words as “taste the day.” As a writer in […]

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What’s your married name?

For many women, their maiden name is the same as their married name. About 35 percent of married women in their 20s and 30s are keeping their own last names, according to a study by Facebook, a study we read about in the July 26, 2013, issue of The Week. That’s a big increase. Only […]

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Advice from Emerson

It’s August in Dallas. Ginger, my faithful canine companion, is fairly perky when she wakes up, and she’s eager for an early morning walk. But, as the day progresses and the heat increases, Ginger walks slowly to the shade of the bushes by the fence. She is not planning to chase the squirrels today. As […]

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Be still and still moving

Fayteen had her birthday in July, and my birthday was this month. On my birthday, I spent most of the day feeling older and then decided that I had better things to do. I was comforted by T.S. Eliot, and I will forgive him for offering his advice to “old men.” As we grow older, […]

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