A woman’s clothes

El habito no hace la monja. Or, in English, the habit does not make the nun. We like the Spanish version much better than the English version: Clothes do not make the man. We found this bit of wisdom in a delightful book by Charles Aranda called Dichos—Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish.

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Wasting time?

Andar por last ramas. Or, in English, walking through shrubbery. If you are walking through shrubbery, you are wasting your time, says Charles Aranda in his delightful book Dichos—Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish.

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A little poison

Un poquito de veneno no mata. Or, in English, a little poison will not kill. We found this reminder about the importance of moderation in a delightful book by Charles Aranda called Dichos—Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish.

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Praise for the morning!

I have always loved the words to this song since I first heard Cat Stevens sing them decades ago, and I was delighted to find the poem “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjean. Morning has broken like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!…. […]

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Thank you for green trees

Now when I take my morning walk, I see green buds on the trees and bright flowers in the lawns. In his poem “This Amazing Day,” e.e. cummings says thank you for this beauty. i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream […]

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Slow down!

I was too busy, hurrying, one day last week, trying to accomplish lots of things, marking items off my to-do list, when I remembered a lovely poem. I found it, and it inspired me to slow down a bit. I will not hurry through this day! Lord, I will listen by the way To humming […]

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Happy spring!

Spring is arriving this weekend—with the promise of warmer weather and lots of flowers. The poet Charles Anthony Silvestri wrote: Flowers bloom with showers falling, All the world reveals its yearning; Nature sings—I hear her calling; Round and round the seasons turning. I recently heard the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas Women’s Youth Chorus sing […]

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What always changes?

All things pass, A sunrise does not last all morning. All things pass, A cloud-burst does not last all day. All things pass, Nor a sunset all night. What always changes? Earth, sky, thunder, mountain, water, Wind, fire, lake. These change…. Take things as they come. All things pass. I recently heard the Children’s Chorus […]

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How do you spell “love”?

Piglet asked: “How do you spell ‘love’?” “You don’t spell it,” said Pooh. “You feel it.” I found that quote on a Happy Wedding card from Hallmark Disney Winnie the Pooh, and I bought it and sent it to a lovely young couple. I didn’t go to their wedding, but, when I saw their photo […]

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A hermit in a cave

The last time I was in Tulsa, I went with my son Jay to his church—St. Antony Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. That Sunday, Father George told the story of St. Antony, who was born in Egypt in 251 A.D. and who became a hermit. He lived by himself in a cave for more than a […]

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