Caregivers need regular breaks

If you’re the primary caregiver for a child or a sick spouse or an elderly parent, you may need a break. In fact, you need regular breaks. The best way you can take care of the person you love is to care for yourself and get some help. That’s a truth we know instinctively, but […]

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When you’re overwhelmed

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? My daughter Ranna, who is still struggling with agonizing health issues that are the results of her cancer treatments, often needs my help. Just as my husband Tom and I are settling down to watch an evening program on the history channel, Ranna calls, “Mother, can you […]

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How difficult is it to eat a healthy diet?

Have you figured out just exactly what you’re supposed to eat? If you haven’t, you’re in good company. According to the April 14, 2013, issue of Weight Watchers Weekly, 52 percent of Americans say it’s easier to do their income tax returns than it is to figure out how to eat healthy food. That statistic […]

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Advice from Gloria

My favorite character in Colum McCann’s book Let the Great World Spin is Gloria, who perseveres after her three sons die in Vietnam. Gloria says: “Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you’re lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you […]

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Warm relationships

What matters most? Relationships, says George Valiant. Valiant, the author of a new book Triumphs of Experience, has been director of the Grant Study for more than three decades. The study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development, has followed 268 Harvard undergraduate men since 1938. “The 75 years and $20 million expended […]

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Wisdom from Mother Teresa

I was looking online for my favorite Mother Teresa quote when I found not only the one I was searching for, but also more worth repeating. Here are my favorite and three more. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. Peace begins with a smile. […]

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We all have needs

Once a month I volunteer at Night Lights, a Dallas program for children with special needs. The children and their siblings come for art, gym time and fun while their parents enjoy an free evening. Some of the children use wheel chairs or have other physical limitations, and some have mental or emotional limitations. Recently […]

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The conventions of the time

Near the paintings by Georgia O’Keefe in the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, I found “Chinatown, 1912” by Stuart Davis. In the painting, a slim woman dressed in a long, black dress with a high collar and sleeves that cover her arms is walking down a street filled with tall buildings. Davis “depicts the […]

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Can you eat just one potato chip?

I can’t. Most likely, you can’t either. Scientists are studying rats to find out why. When German researchers gave rats potato chips, powdered animal food or a mixture of fat and carbohydrates, they discovered that the animals ate similar amounts of the powdered food and the mixture, but they “actively pursued the potato chips.” Why? […]

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Be kind to one another

After a friend died, I received a note from his family. It thanked me for my kindness. On the front of the note card was a beautiful poem written by Naomi Shihab Nye. I’m sharing part of the poem: Before you know what kindness really is You must lose things, Feel the future dissolve in […]

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