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Nuance has been incinerated

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. In his article, Dahlby quotes Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist. Nuance, Bruni says, “has been incinerated by today’s hot takes….Much of what I read […]

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A better literary infrastructure?

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate […]

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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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Perfect and neurotic

After reading an interview with Anne Lamott in the March 7, 2021, issue of The Dallas Morning News, I suddenly realized that I have spent a great deal of time being either perfect or neurotic—or, probably, more accurately, being neurotic while trying to be perfect. “At some point, you realize that we all have dual […]

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Truth and facts

“There is no truth, we all know that,” says Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize winning author. “No one truth. No objective truth. No simple truth or no one simple truth either. But there are facts. Hard facts. Objective facts. Verifiable facts. And the more facts you come up with, the closer you come to whatever truth […]

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I am not okay

I am okay. That’s what I frequently tell friends when they ask how I am doing during this coronavirus pandemic. And, I am okay—almost all of the time. But, sometimes I am not okay. Recently, a friend said that she had read an interview with a mental health expert who stressed that it is okay […]

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Illusions

“If we can somehow rid ourselves of illusions. The illusion that we are greater or lesser than we are. The illusion that we’re going to save the world. There are a lot of illusions that people walk around with,” Mr. Rogers once said. It seems as if I keep running into Mr. Rogers wherever I […]

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The good in any situation

Someone asked Tim Lybarger, the founder of the Neighborhood Archive fan-appreciation website, what Mr. Rogers would think about the situation in our country today. “I think he would be saddened but hopeful,” Lybarger answered in an article in the November 17, 2019, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “Fred was magnificent at finding the good […]

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Caring for themselves

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. ”We were all so used to sacrificing for our kids, our spouses and our work. I had learned through my years of trying to […]

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