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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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Adventures and stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Then, you’ll have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I found that quote last weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. –Joy

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Bewildered

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept,” says Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies. “As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

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Small things matter

I found this quote in the text about a photograph at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The photograph showed a field of wildflowers. A “tiny nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful,” poet Mary Oliver once said. –Joy

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A full life

“Woodstock has never seen a violin or a fire truck or a candy store,” Snoopy once said. “He’s never heard an opera or a symphony. He’s never seen a movie or a play. On the other hand, he’s seen the sky, the clouds, the ground, the sun, the rain, the moon, the stars, a cat […]

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Black and white?

“The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it,” says Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest and author. “Wise people, like prophets, would say the opposite.”

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Carve out moments of peace

It’s easy to be silent and still on a silent retreat. However, after I finished my silent retreat, I soon found, of course, that it’s more difficult to slow down after I’ve looked at my daily to-do list. I have to carve out moments of peace during each day. I remember what Thoreau once wrote: […]

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