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Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Judging people

“I … try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks […]

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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Resist!

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman, who is celebrating his 200th birthday this year. “Resist much, obey little,” Whitman once said. He was a life-long abolitionist and also a proponent of women’s rights.

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Life’s light

“I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me,” Sojourner Truth once said. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she dictated her autobiography. She traveled for many years as […]

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Beware my sting!

“If I be waspish, beware my sting!” That’s a quote from Katharina, a character in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” the play I just saw in Vancouver. It’s also the quote on my new t-shirt. –Joy

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Traveling adventures

Of course, I didn’t get done everything I was supposed to get done before I left on my trip. Of course, everything will not go smoothly during my travels. And, of course, no matter, I will have a wonderful time. Trips are never perfect, but they are always an adventure, always fun. As Leonard Cohen […]

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Seat assignment?

I was packing for a trip to Vancouver when I noticed that we didn’t have seat assignments. And, then, when I tried to get assignments online, American Airlines wouldn’t let me. And, I tried to call American Airlines, and its computer told me that I needed to call back because the airline was receiving so […]

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Something particular and real

Mary Oliver, who died last month, wrote “often of mortality, but with a spirit of gratitude and completion,” her obituary stressed. The poet once wrote: When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder If I have made of my life something particular and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full […]

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