Read a good book

Tonight, I’m going to sit on the sofa and read a book. Reading is good for you! Of course, I enjoy reading, and I already knew that reading is a good thing to do. However, I was pleased to read that “people who frequently read for pleasure are 52 percent less likely than reluctant readers […]

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Words can be abusive, too

“He practically trailed me around the house from morning until night, calling out my shortcomings,” the author writes. “He had developed an obsession with knobs and handles. It seemed that I turned them too hard or not hard enough. I over tightened the knobs on the shower and stripped them. I didn’t turn the knobs […]

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September—Osage County

When I heard the woman crying in the bathroom stall next to me, I remembered what I had read in one review of “August—Osage County.” The reviewer said the movie could be funny, but it might not be humorous at all to people who grew up in dysfunctional families. A few minutes later, as I […]

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Are your ducks in the water?

Too many of us spend too much time thinking about how we are going to get our ducks in a row, says Jane Pauley, author of a new book Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. Sometimes doing something is more important than soul searching, Pauley explains. “Do you want your ducks in […]

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Change comes slowly

I was the eager beaver at the beginning of January, ready to stick to my resolutions and make big changes this year. Beryl Markham, in her book West with the Night, reminds me that change comes slowly. “A word grows to a thought—a thought to an idea—and idea to an act,” Markham writes. “The change […]

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Persist and press on

If you made resolutions and you haven’t kept them, be resolute. Persist and press on! That’s advice from William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, writing in the January 17, 2014, issue of the magazine. “About 90 percent of resolutions fail, the experts tell us,” Falk says. “Human beings are, after all, a comically flawed species, […]

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Everything is going to be amazing

I’m feeling the holidays-are-over, I’m-having-a-difficult-time-sticking-to-my-resolutions blues. However, I did find a bit of inspiration when I was shopping for greeting cards at Barnes & Nobles. Both of these quotes are from Quotable Cards. “Find joy in each day.” –Saint Philip Neri “Don’t worry. Everything is going to be amazing.” –unknown –Joy

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Work and hope

I love the book West with the Night by Beryl Markham, who wrote about her experiences as an airplane pilot in Africa during the 1930s. I also love the advice that Markham’s father gave her when she started her first job as a horse trainer. “Work and hope,” he said. “But never hope more than […]

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Patience, please

My son, Jay, graduated and received his M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa on December 20. He already had had a number of job interviews, including three interviews with one large company. After that third interview, he was sure that he would get the job. He didn’t. He spent part of the holidays looking at […]

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Why do we keep running?

Claudia, Faith’s daughter in the book Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Ann Rutledge, has been running for years from her parents, from her parents’ 19th-century mansion, from her past. Claudia “had begun to fail at everything—being tough, being buff, being young, even being a Buddhist, a practically impossible thing to do….You can only […]

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