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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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Joy giving

I recently saw 73 paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth. Duncan Phillips collected art and opened the first museum of modern art in the United States because, he said, he was motivated by beauty. Beauty, he explained, “is joy giving and life enhancing.” –Joy

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Pleasing and acceptable?

“This is what most girls are taught,” writes Roxane Gay in her book Hunger, “that we should be slender and small. We should not take up space. We should be seen and not heard, and, if we are seen, we should be pleasing to men, acceptable to society. And, most women know this, that we […]

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Look for the flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them,” Matisse once said.

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The forces of nature

Near her art in an exhibit in Santa Fe, I read these words from Jill Rosean Tishman. “I see myself as a rather insignificant being surrounded by the forces of nature. I never paint as my eyes see, but rather what I feel as I view nature: the sun moving through a redwood forest becomes […]

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The strength of our land

Near her art in an exhibit in Santa Fe, I read these words from AnaMaria Samaniego. “It is important to understand the strength of our land. To recognize its gifts, to cherish its beauty and to feel its soul.” Samaniego’s “Entre Por La Cocina” was part of a temporary exhibit of work from the New […]

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The sky and the mountains

Whenever I go to New Mexico, I feel a little more relaxed, much more peaceful. I think my feelings have something to do with the immense sky, the lovely mountains, the stark beauty of the landscapes. But, I need to remind myself that I can feel that same peace when I notice the sky and […]

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Look around you

Often, when my friend Gaynelle and I are taking our morning walk, we are so busy walking and talking that we forget to look around and see the green grass and the May flowers that are blooming in our neighborhood. “Take time to look,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote recently in the […]

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The sky is bluer

I just returned from New Mexico—where the sky is bigger and bluer. “Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip […]

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Flowers in the garden of life

Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” That is one of my favorite quotes, and here are two more quotes that are wonderful for spring—or for any time. Whitman said, “With every leaf a miracle.” And, anonymous said, “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.” –Joy

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