The power that comes from the heart

Malcolm Gladwell wrote his latest book because he really is “interested in the power that comes from the heart—courage, determination, persistence.” Gladwell talked about his book David and Goliath—Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants recently at an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas. He called that power of the heart “a weapon […]

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Alva Vanderbilt’s definition of success

Alva Vanderbilt thought that she was a very successful woman. Alva always had great ambitions for herself, explained Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath, recently in an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas. She managed to marry William Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius, in 1875. However, even though the Vanderbilts were among the richest […]

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Solitude and silence

When Malcolm Gladwell runs, he never has anything in his ears. He doesn’t listen to music or the radio or an audio book, he told the audience recently at an Arts & Letters presentation in Dallas. Gladwell prefers silence. “Something beautiful happens when you’re alone with your thoughts,” he said. His father was a mathematician, […]

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The big pile on my desk

My brother James and his new wife, Jeany, came to visit. Although James and Jeany have been married almost exactly one year, this was the first time Jeany has visited our house. So, I had decided to impress her with my cooking and my clean house. I decided immediately what to cook. I baked my […]

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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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