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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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No cell service

While we were in Maine, my daughter sent us a text message with a photo of our dog, Ginger—who was happy staying with Mary Elizabeth. She didn’t miss us at all. I tried to reply, but I was in a cabin on a lake with lousy cell service. I finally wrote: “I have not had […]

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What life is about

“Harmony, balance, rhythm,” said George Pocock, who designed the racing shell for the University of Washington men’s crew team’s 1936 Olympic victory. “There you have it. That’s what life is all about.” We read about Pocock in Daniel James Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat.

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A wonderful day

I have repeated this delightful quote that I found in a restaurant in New Mexico several times: “Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” But, a few days after I returned from my trip, I found another quote at Barnes & Nobles, and I like it even better: “Life does not have to be […]

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Brutal honesty

I can’t think of a better present than a book, especially when it’s a gift from a good friend who knows exactly what kind of book you will enjoy. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some of Angelou’s […]

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Sanctimonious?

“True, madam, those who have most virtue in their mouths, have least of it in their bosom,” Marlow says to Kate in Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer.” I recently saw the play at Shakespeare in the Park in Dallas, and I discovered, during a little bit of online investigation, that Oliver Goldsmith disliked the […]

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An observer of life?

“I have lived, indeed, in the world, madam; but I have kept little company,” Marlow says to Kate in Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer.” “I have been but an observer upon life, madam, while others were enjoying it.” I recently saw the play performed at Shakespeare in the Park in Dallas, and I was […]

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Wasting time?

Andar por last ramas. Or, in English, walking through shrubbery. If you are walking through shrubbery, you are wasting your time, says Charles Aranda in his delightful book Dichos—Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish.

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Advice from the Buddhists

I’m trying to achieve more balance in my life and striving for a better perspective. That’s why I like this advice from the Buddhists: “Act as the future of the universe depends on what you do while laughing at yourself for thinking that your actions make a difference.” I found that quote in an article […]

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Dance first

I found this quote on a card by The Borealis Press. “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”—Samuel Beckett. I like the quote, but a word of caution. Dance first, but remember to think, too. Like most things in life, the secret is finding the right balance between thinking and dancing. –Joy

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