Find the quiet center

One Sunday morning recently when I had thought seriously about sleeping in, I arrived in church a few minutes late, but, thankfully, in time to sing these words by Shirley Erena Murray. Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where […]

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Listen and focus

One morning when I was walking my dog, Ginger, I saw a neighbor and stopped to talk a few minutes. After she said goodbye and went into her house, I felt a little guilty because I had been talking to my neighbor, but I hadn’t been completely focused on the conversation. Instead, I had been […]

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The Lost Girls of Sudan

If you’re like us, you’ve probably heard about the Lost Boys of Sudan. Their journey started when civil war erupted in Sudan and then was followed by a severe famine and a second civil war. As a result, more than 5.5 million Sudanese were uprooted from their homes. A 1998 study by the U.S. Committee […]

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Today is a new day

I visited the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth recently and read this quote from the artist Robert Henri: “Today must not be a souvenir of yesterday.” Of course, it can seem trite, but it is true, and Henri expresses the idea in a thoughtful words. Yesterday is over. Today is a […]

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“Continuous small treats”

On Thanksgiving Day, we need to be thankful for all of our blessings. Big blessings like family and friends and plenty of food to eat. We need to remember little blessings, too. Small blessings like waking up with a hug from your husband, walking your dog before the busy part of the day begins and […]

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Aunt Ola’s doing okay at 105

When we heard that my husband’s Aunt Ola had been ill with pneumonia, we were concerned. When we visited her in August, Ola was still happy in her independent-living apartment, still up for two hours of conversation, still ready to walk us all the way to the door of her senior-citizen complex. However, since Ola […]

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Following your own advice

Often, I realize, I know exactly what would be the best choice to make about what to eat or what to do with my time, but I don’t make the best choice. Sometimes, I even give my children advice and then think later that it might be good for me to follow the advice I’m […]

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Need some Vitamin C?

Even if you already have had a glass of orange juice today, you may need some Vitamin C. We heard an interview with Dr. Edward Hallowell on National Public Radio recently, and he suggested that one way we can create a little calmness in our busy lives is to get a little more Vitamin C. […]

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Wisdom from Piper Kerman

After she graduated from Smith College, Piper Kerman wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. Drifting for a while, she became friends with a group of people who were buying and selling drugs in the United States and other countries, too. Eventually, though, she moved on. It was years later, after she […]

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Ever looked at a magazine at the airport?

Have you ever stopped to look at the women on the covers of the magazines at the newsstand at the airport terminal? We’re talking about all those photos of celebrities and models who are very beautiful and very slim and very young. They’re “flawless,” says the website MissRepresentation.org, which promotes the documentary “Miss Representation.” The […]

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