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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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Live each day

“Live each day as if your life was just begun,” Goethe once said.

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This is your world

“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world,” Woody Guthrie once said, “and that, if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs […]

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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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