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A beautiful world

“What a beautiful world this would be, when we should see everything right side up,” Sojourner Truth once said. Truth also said: “Truth is powerful, and it prevails. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she […]

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Sharpened by age

Monet painted most of his water-lily paintings when he was in his 70s—and 80s. “My sensitivity, far from diminishing, has been sharpened by age,” he said. I saw 20 of Monet’s water-lily paintings at a new exhibit “Monet—The Late Years” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. –Joy

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Summer flowers and storms

It’s summer in Dallas, and yesterday I visited the Dallas Arboretum. It is bright and happy, filled with colorful flowers. The arboretum is beautiful now even though it was closed for a couple of days earlier this week because of storm damage. May your summer be filled with more flowers than storms. –Joy

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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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