Bringing Home the Meat

During the 1890s, Charles M. Russell painted a Blackfoot on horseback. Recently, while visiting the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, I admired the painting titled “Bringing Home the Meat” and the Blackfoot woman who is the focus of Russell’s art. Unnamed, she rides with an infant on her back and the carcass of a […]

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The miracles that surround us

I wrote recently about the beauty that surrounds us and how we often take it for granted. Of course, I am not the first one to write about ordinary beauty. With a little effort, I found these words from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I […]

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Pay attention to the beautiful

The organist at my church recently retired after playing the most beautiful music. For 45 years at the same church. I have listened to her for many Sundays since I joined this church more than 25 years ago. Sometimes I listened attentively, and sometimes I listened not quite as attentively. Often I took her beautiful […]

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Do your best

As I expected, I have found David McCullough’s book The Greater Journey—Americans in Paris packed full of stories about interesting people. But I was especially pleased to discover Emma Hart Willard because I have a niece named Emma, a wonderful 6-foot-one-inch college student who is playing basketball and studying to be a doctor. Emma Willard, […]

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How far we’ve come

I just went to see my new primary care physician—who happens to be a woman. In addition, my gynecologist, my dermatologist and my cardiologist are all females. Today most of us don’t think much about the gender of our doctors. That wasn’t true in 1849 when Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to become a […]

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Are you a workaholic?

Wayne Oates, a psychologist who invented the word workaholic, wrote 57 books. Oates once said that his own addiction was “a disorder akin to substance abuse,” writes Jordan Weissmann in an article “The Work Addiction” in the September 2013 issue of The Atlantic. According to Weissman, workaholics work compulsively and with little enjoyment. They also […]

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When you feel overwhelmed

Years ago, before my children were born, I helped take care of Rose, my mother-in-law, during the three weeks before she died. It was the same year that I started my own business and I was intent on working hard and becoming successful as soon as I could. I took my assignments for my new […]

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Be direct

Helen Thomas, the first woman assigned to the White House to cover a president, died on July 20, 2013. She was a success because “she asked every question the only way she knew how—directly,” says Robert Gibbs, who served as President Obama’s press secretary from 2009 to 2011. Gibbs wrote Thomas’ obituary for the August […]

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Never ever give up

We nominate Diana Nyad for Resolute Woman of the Year. After swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 52 hours and 54 minutes, Nyad, who’s 64, had three things to say. * Never ever give up. * You’re never too old to chase your dreams. * It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s […]

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Caregivers—sacrifice and joy

When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I immediately moved her into our house and I became her caretaker. Today, we are grateful that she is alive, and she has been clear of cancer for two years. However, she continues to fight the ravages of chemotherapy and radiation. I am happy to […]

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