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On to Thanksgiving

The elections are over—or almost over–and I’m ready to move on to happy times. Let’s begin the holidays. At least, there are a few things we can agree on. As Nora Ephron once said, “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we can agree so vehemently about?” –Joy

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They give me joy

I returned from a trip and then welcomed company who arrived just a couple of days later. Finally, this morning, I went for my morning walk again–following the path in my neighborhood that I have taken for more than 30 years. Even though I enjoyed my travels and my guest very much, it was delightful […]

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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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Strong and compassionate

We can be strong and gentle—at the same time. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle—so fierce they can be compassionate,” Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, once said.

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One thing at a time

Sometimes I am overwhelmed. Sometimes I try to do too much. As Madeleine Albright, this country’s first female of state, once said, “Women can’t do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.”

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Women on the Supreme Court?

Why have women serving on the Supreme Court? Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, once said, “I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.” Of course, […]

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A simple universe?

“We yearn for the universe to be simple, to be one thing or another,” writes Lauren LeBlanc in The Boston Globe. “But it’s not. Its contradictory nature is integral to its abundance.”

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Comic and uplifting

Life is “by turns crushing and restorative, busy and boring, comic and uplifting,” writes Kathryn Schulz, author of Lost & Found: A Memoir.

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Do your best

I am not perfect. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to say exactly the right thing every time. It’s okay if my house is not perfect, if I don’t look perfect, if I haven’t accomplished everything I want to accomplish. All I can do is do my […]

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