After a big Thanksgiving feast

Did you eat too much during the Thanksgiving holidays? I did. But I’m not going to feel guilty. I thoroughly enjoyed everything, especially the mashed potatoes and pecan pie. I know making unhealthy choices during the holiday doesn’t make me a bad person. However, those choices do make me a person who needs to eat […]

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We’re thankful for family

We’re thankful for our families—including the canine members of our families. We like the words of poet Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of a new book Dog Songs. “Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Ralph Waldo Emerson thanked God for health and food, love and friends. So do we. For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.

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The best things in the world

This quote is from a Thanksgiving card from my good friend Barbara. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be touched but are felt with the heart.” –Helen Keller –Joy

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Savor the moment

“Would you stand here with me and savor the moment?” asks Jim Chee to his wife, Bernie, in Anne Hillerman’s new novel Spider Woman’s Daughter. Jim and Bernie, both Navajo Nation police officers, stand and look at the majestic New Mexico sky. “The Sandia Mountains rose like a rugged, blue monolith to the east, glowing […]

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What happened to Thanksgiving?

Chocolate Santas are on sale at the drug store, wreaths hang at the upscale grocery store and my grocery store has a whole aisle of Christmas decorations. What happened to Thanksgiving? I am going to pause and reflect on the beauty of the fallen leaves in my front yard and all of my other blessings […]

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Hide the Oreos

You’ve probably heard that Joseph Schroeder, a professor at Connecticut College, and his students did a research project that indicated that rats find Oreos just as addictive as cocaine because the cookies stimulate the brain in the same way that some drugs do. I read about the experiment in Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post blog, and […]

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A mother’s job

My son, Jay, is in the middle of job-hunting adventures. He has had three interviews with one company that he really would like to work for, and someone from that company is supposed to call him with news—good or bad—during the next week. Jerry, his father, and I hope the news is good. “I’m worried […]

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Clean out your refrigerator

According to our friends at the Chocolate Angel Café and Tea Room in Richardson, Texas, November 14 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. We are not participating. We wish we could tell you that our refrigerators are so pristine that they don’t need cleaning. That is not the case. No, we would love to […]

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Resolute Woman? Or, superwoman?

Fayteen recently had surgery. “The doctor told me that I’ll be driving in a week,” she told me before the surgery. “I’ll be back to normal in a week or two.” I know for certain that Fayteen is a Resolute Woman and that her determination and optimism are strengths. Sometimes, however, even Resolute Women try […]

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