Calm and chaos

I am proud to report that it’s peaceful at our house. All three of our dogs usually remain calm. Gracie Girl, a five-pound apricot-red poodle is the smallest, but she reigns as head of the pack. Roxie Ravin, at seven pounds, is always the gentle caretaker staying close to her human and nonhuman friends when […]

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A reminder about listening

I am sure that my dog Ginger is as wise as Enzo, Denny’s dog in Garth Stein’s book The Art of Racing in the Rain. However, even though I understand perfectly when Ginger is ready for a walk or wants something to eat, she has never been the narrator of a book or shared her […]

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Remember Aunt Ola?

Do you remember my husband Jerry’s Aunt Ola? Last year, I wrote about her when she turned 104. Now, she’s 105! When we visited Ola at her retirement community recently, we talked nonstop for two hours. Ola asked my daughter Mary Elizabeth about her graduate school classes, and she wanted to know about our son […]

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Glimpses of the truth

Elaine Pagels writes about the Book of Revelation in the Bible and also about the number of other books of revelations that were written by the early Christians, books that weren’t included in the New Testament. In the conclusion of Revelations—Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation, Pagels concludes, “Recovering such lost and […]

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So, what if you’re not perfect?

We aren’t . In fact, most of us aren’t. That’s why we’re passing along these suggestions from an article titled “Turn Setbacks into Success” in the Weight Watchers Weekly, July 8-14, 2012. Accept that you will make mistakes. Mistakes happen. If you can recognize that you’ve made a mistake without judging yourself negatively, you can […]

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The lighten-up-and-have-more-fun team

Fayteen and I had a great lunch last week. We both needed to talk, and we both needed someone to listen. Fayteen was worried about Ranna, her daughter who is battling breast cancer, and was asking herself if there was anything she could have done differently when the cancer was diagnosed. Was there anything that […]

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Making changes

In Richard Russo’s book Empire Falls, Janine tells her mother, “People can change, and I’m changing.” Bea, her mother, answers, “You aren’t changing, Janine. You’re just losing weight.” What do you think of Bea’s reply? Are you the same person after you’ve struggled to lose weight and finally reached your goal? Can you use that […]

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We’re both below average

We read Newsweek and discovered that we need to spend more time texting. According to Tony Dokoupil’s article in the July 16, 2012, issue of the magazine, the average person sends or receives about 400 texts a month. For the average teenager, the number is 3,700. Neither of us sends anywhere near that many text […]

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Blessed with generosity?

Remember Anne Frank’s statement from her diary: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Roger Rosenblatt, in an essay in the book Time/CBS News People of the Century, comments: “She was not simply born blessed with generosity; she struggled toward it by way of self-doubt, impatience, rage, ennui—all […]

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Need a vacation?

Need a vacation? But you can’t afford a trip to Europe. Or, you already spent a week away from your office. Consider playing hooky for a day. Or, an afternoon. Or, even for a couple of hours. Sleep late and then go to a movie—by yourself or with a friend. Spend the afternoon reading a […]

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