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Notice the beauty

Now is a good time to notice all of the beauty around you. The trees and flowers, the blue sky, the moon and stars at night. As the artist Nam June Paik once said, “Open your window and count the stars.”

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Be filled with light

My son Jay and his fiancée Rachel canceled their May wedding—and just got married on March 28. It seemed a wise decision then, and now we know it was a wise decision. We are happy for them, and we like Rachel, who sent me a poem by one of my favorite poets one day recently. […]

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“In cocoons, a hidden promise”

Now when I go for my early morning walk, I can wear my shorts and a light jacket. No coat or long pants! And, when I open my front door, I see green grass and green trees—and flowers. Sunny days bring hope, and I am reminded of a hymn—”The Hymn of Promise.” In the bulb […]

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A gloomy day

I woke up Sunday feeling gloomy. The gloom surrounded me as I faced another day of stay-in-place during this coronavirus crisis. The gloom lingered until I took my afternoon walk and saw a friendly neighbor and some spring flowers starting to bloom. “Where flowers bloom so does hope,” Lady Bird Johnson once said. –Joy

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Look with intensity

“There is everything left to explore. We just need to look with the right intensity and depth,” says artist Mark Dion, whose collections are featured in an exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort  Worth.

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Remember the stars

It’s December! Don’t get so busy that you forget to be thankful for the simple things. “Open the window and count the stars,” Nam June Paik once said.

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All good things

“All good things are wild and free,” Thoreau once said.

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The world’s wide gift

“Stretch out your hand and take the world’s wide gift of joy and beauty,” Corinne Roosevelt Robinson once said.

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They soonest pass away

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away,” William Cullen Bryant once wrote. “The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” The seasons change. Life continues—full of changes. Some of those changes we welcome, and others we don’t.

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Welcome October!

It’s still warm in Texas, but soon the temperature and the leaves will fall. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” L.M. Montgomery once said. –Joy

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