I cheated on Valentine’s

Yes, I admit that I cheated on Valentine’s Day. I bought my daughter, Mary Elizabeth, a book of beautiful poems called Dog Songs by Mary Oliver for a Valentine’s Day present, and I read the entire book before I gave it to her. This is the poem I liked best. Percy, Waiting for Ricky Your […]

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Remembering Patti

I’m still overwhelmed by sadness when I remember Patti, my good friend and business partner in my real estate business. But, even though I’m grieving, I can’t keep from smiling when I think about Patti’s laughter and her loyalty and her many kindnesses. I’ve been thinking about Patti constantly since she died earlier this month. […]

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Doing what I’m not supposed to do

Recently I stopped in the hallway of the elementary school where I go once a week to help a third-grade student with her reading. Posted on the wall were the goals from the students in one class—things they were going to do and things they were not going to do. “Stop watching so much TV” […]

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Small victories

I appreciated the reminder about celebrating small victories. I found it one Saturday in my Weight Watcher newsletter. I had showed up early that morning, half asleep, because I had a long list of things to do after the meeting. I was reluctant to come. My goal had been to lose all the weight I […]

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Late for a TV interview

Fayteen and I were headed for an interview with Suzie Humphreys on The Broadcast on KTXD Channel 47. And we were a little nervous, especially because we were late. It was snowing in Dallas on Wednesday last week. There was just a light flutter of snow flakes, but already there were a few icy patches […]

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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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