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Notice the flowers

Sometimes—often?—what’s happening in the world is depressing. We all need to practice noticing the positive, says Rick Hanson in his book Hardwiring Happiness. When you achieve something or find yourself in a beautiful place, rest your mind on that experience. Dwell on it. As Henri Matisse once said, “There are always flowers for those who […]

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Buy some spring flowers

I am buying spring flowers—in honor of the new season—probably daffodils if I can find them. My mother loved daffodils. And, in Texas, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, I’m sure I will see some wildflowers—probably bluebonnets. As Sheryl Crow once said, “No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle […]

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Reunion of life with life

“Sin is separation,” says Paul Tillich in his book The Shaking of the Foundations. “Grace is reunion of life with life….Simply accept the fact that you are accepted! If that happens to us, we experience grace.”

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The center of our being

“There is grace in life,” says Paul Tillich in his book The Shaking of the Foundations. “The center of being, in which our own center is involved, is the source of the gracious beauty that we encounter again and again in the stars and mountains, in flowers and animals, in children and mature persons.”

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A peaceful place

Recently my husband, my daughter, my son and I headed for Arkansas with visions of colorful leaves in our head. Alas, we arrived when the leaves were still green—almost all of them, at least. However, we found our cabin on a hill offered a beautiful view of a valley with farms, cows and roosters. We […]

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You can’t eat money

Here is a Cree proverb that’s a pointed reminder of why we need to protect the environment. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”

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Summer mornings and afternoons

“Summer afternoon,” Henry James once said. “Summer afternoon. To me, the two most beautiful words in the English language.” In Dallas, where it can be 80 degrees at 6 a.m. on an August morning, I like to take an early morning walk when it’s still almost dark. It’s cooler. And, during my walk, I can […]

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Draw deeply from the earth

Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, created stunning paintings of trees, ravens and mountains. “Draw deeply from the good nourishment of the earth but rise into the glory of the light and air and sunshine,” she wrote in her journal. I found that quote in the introduction to Emily Carr Collected. –Joy

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Miss America in an evening gown

“As long as Miss America requires contestants to look good in an evening gown while strutting in high-heeled shoes, it’s unlikely women in the United States will achieve gender equity,” wrote Catherine Cuellar in an article in the June 11, 2018, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “But from the composition of corporate boards to […]

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Miss America without her swimsuit

The Miss America pageant is scrapping the swimsuit competition, according to an article in the June, 6, 2018, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance,” explained Gretchen Carson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. Instead, the organization will focus on women’s talents, intelligence and ideas. […]

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