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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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Welcome autumn!

“Autumn—the year’s last, lovliest smile,” William Cullen Bryant once said.

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Phenomenal woman

“It’s in the arch of my back,    The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Those are words from Maya Angelou. I have a scarf, a birthday present from my friend Leslie, with those words written across it. –Joy

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Small things matter

I found this quote in the text about a photograph at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The photograph showed a field of wildflowers. A “tiny nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful,” poet Mary Oliver once said. –Joy

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Listen for the music

“The earth has music for those who listen,” George Santayana once said. I found that quote on a card my friend Leslie sent me. She bought the car at the Corn Shop in Bridgton, Maine. –Joy

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A full life

“Woodstock has never seen a violin or a fire truck or a candy store,” Snoopy once said. “He’s never heard an opera or a symphony. He’s never seen a movie or a play. On the other hand, he’s seen the sky, the clouds, the ground, the sun, the rain, the moon, the stars, a cat […]

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You don’t have to be skinny

According to a royal insider, Meghan Markle “wants to change the perception that you have to be skinny to be beautiful.” Of course! Of course! Of course! That is true. I learned that bit of news from a magazine while standing in the line at the grocery store. –Joy

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Applause for strong women

Did you watch Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the United States, do a double-double—two somersaults while simultaneously twisting twice in the air? Did you see her triple-double—flipping twice while twisting three times? Did you notice the wonderful muscles in her strong legs? Let’s applaud women with strong, healthy bodies!

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