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Advice from nature

“Wisdom branches from a tree,” suggests the Your True Nature company, which made my “Advice from a Lobster” t-shirt. And, here’s more advice from Your True Nature. • Inspiration flows from a stream. • The blueberry says: Be well-rounded. • The horse says: Be stable However, I like the advice “Wisdom branches from a tree” [...]

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Advice from a lobster

“Don’t be shellfish,” proclaims my “Advice from a Lobster” t-shirt from Maine. I followed that advice while we were on vacation—except when I was eating my blueberry pie. I was selfish when I picked the biggest piece. My lobster t-shirt also suggests: • Don’t get yourself in hot water. • Be a good catch. • [...]

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Use what happens

I’m doing my spring cleaning a little late, and I just found my notes from April 13, 2010, when I heard Gloria Steinem speak. “You can’t control what happens,” Steinem said. “You can use what happens.” –Joy

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Have a great life

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, ends her book On Living with the advice she received from one of her dying patients. “Promise me that you’ll have a great life no matter what happens.”

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What makes you angry?

My mother used to say that you can tell the size of a person by what makes him or her angry. I thought about that quote recently when I got very angry at someone at the post office. I didn’t yell, but I felt like yelling. I wasn’t really all that angry at the post [...]

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The nights of work

I’m sharing another quote from Maya Angelou. It’s one that my friend Lynn shared with me. “The nights of work, the hours of hope amount at last to this day of joy,” Angelou once said. –Joy

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Flair and laughter

My friend Lynn received two cards with quotes from Maya Angelou and shared them with me. One says: “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” I’ll share the second quote in our next blog post. –Joy

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Laugh out loud

Leigh Anne Jasheway, in her book Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny, offers a new approach to resolutions. These are four of her suggestions: * Do something daily that makes you laugh out loud. * Eat right 90 percent of the time. * Focus on what you did right every day, instead of what you did [...]

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Old like yellow pearls

The All-China Women’s Federation, founded by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, has advice for young women on its website. The federation tells them to hurry up and get married before they’re 30 and warns them that “as women age, they are worth less and less; so, by the time they get their M.A. or [...]

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The reason people worry

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work,” Robert Frost once said. I’ll share another quote with you [...]

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