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No more secrets

“Secrets work on me like splinters. I like them out.” These words are from a delightful book by Michelle Huneven. It’s called Search, and it’s about a search committee looking for a new minister for a progressive California Universal Unitarian church.

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Being normal?

“My darling girl,” says Aunt Frances in Practical Magic, “when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” I found this quote in the gift shop at the Albuquerque Museum. –Joy

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Take a break

Give yourself permission to relax, rest, do fewer projects, take a break, advises Lisa Congdon in her book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. “You have “permission to take an intermission.” –Joy

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Think positive thoughts

“We are what we think,” Buddha once said. “All that we are arises with our thoughts. We make the world.” I found this quote in Lisa Congdon’s book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. –Joy

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Go together

An African proverb advises, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I found this quote in Lisa Congdon’s book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. –Joy

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Just show up

Author Kate Bowler recently did a podcast with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who offered this advice when it comes to showing up for people in difficult times:  Just. Show. Up. 

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Purple people?

I am helping with a Girl Scout summer book club—and being around a bunch of eager, smiling girls makes me feel a bit happier. Recently, we read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. According to these authors, we all need to be more purple, and they define […]

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Should we outlaw sex?

Jonathan Mitchell, one of the architects of Texas law SB 8, which severely limits abortions, wrote this in a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court. “Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sex.”

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Behave yourself?!

I behave myself most of the time. However, I appreciate these words from author Margaret Atwood. “If you don’t think of yourself as an august person, you don’t have to behave yourself,” Atwood says. I found this quote in the March 11, 2022, issue of The Week. –Joy

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Prudence?

Molly Ivins sometimes—often—was outrageous, but she always spoke the truth. “I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years,” she once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist.

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