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Pay attention

I have always liked these words from poet Mary Oliver. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. –Joy

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Orange juice for the ear

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears,” the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said. “It is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.”

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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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The light

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light,” Theodore Roethke once said. It’s the end of June, and I look for bright flowers when I take my early morning walk. I always fill better—stronger—after my walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will […]

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Sunshine and flowers

Now when I go for my morning walk, I look for the flowers blooming red, yellow and purple in my neighbors’ yards. The flowers remind me of a couple of sentences from Hans Christian Anderson. “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” –Joy

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One good thing

The flowers are blooming at the Dallas Arboretum with one bed full of glorious yellow and purple. “That is one good thing about the world. There are always sure to be more springs,” Anne of Avonlea once said.

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Wonderful, not perfect

I went to the arboretum for lunch. The park was a bit crowded. We had to wait in line to order our food.  It took us a few minutes to find a quiet, isolated place to eat. However, the blooming flowers and cherry trees were beautiful. It was a sunny day. And, it was marvelous […]

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500,000 blooming blossoms

Jerry and I visited the Dallas Arboretum today for the first time since the pandemic began. And, spring has arrived at the arboretum—with 500,000 blooming blossoms. Yes, 500,000! It was glorious. I felt as if I had survived the pandemic—even though I wore my mask and was careful to stay at least six feet away […]

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Inspired by plants

Now, on my morning walks, I am beginning to see flowers in bloom. They are a most welcome sight after the brutal freezing weather that plagued us for a week last month. “I am always inspired by plants and their capacity to remind us that growth is possible,” says Raquel Willis, writer and activist, “to […]

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Merry and mellow

Sing apples and peaches and pears! Sing orange and scarlet and yellow! Sing green turned to glory To tell us the story That autumn is merry and mellow! –Alice Henderson We’re wishing you some mellow-ness this week!

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