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I love this quote! “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once said. Books certainly have taken me on lots of adventures and to lots of places. –Joy

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Unconditional love

“As a child,” David Brooks concludes in his new book, “each person’s emotional and spiritual foundation is formed by the unconditional love of a caring adult.” I hope you received that unconditional love from your mother. If you did, be grateful. If she is still alive, tell her thank you on Mother’s Day. Brooks’ new […]

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Talk and talk and talk

What can we do to help rid our own communities of the shame surrounding menstruation? That’s the question that Megan Lierley, managing editor of the blog Blood and Milk, asks Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood. “Talk and talk and talk,” Dahlqvist answers. “For me, it took the longest time to even say the […]

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Let’s invite one another in

“In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why,” Michelle Obama says in her book Becoming. And, she adds, “Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let […]

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“There is a lot I still don’t know about America, about life, about what the future might bring,” Michelle Obama says in her book Becoming. “But I do know myself. My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often and keep my word. “My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and […]

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We need silence

We live in “an oversaturated culture,” says David Ulin in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. We “skitter across the surface.” We are “awash in distraction…What we need is silence.” And books! And time for reading.

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Respond with hope

“The true act of resistance is to respond with hope….I am not without hope, not without spirit, although somedays such a posture is difficult. We remain, in spite of everything—the gerrymandering and the hacking and the voter suppression—a democracy….We have the right, the obligation, to vote and organize,” says David Ulin in his book The […]

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The most common complaint

In her book Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout writes: She was “a woman who suffered only from the most common complaint of all: Life had simply not been what she thought it would be.” I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for the second time, her books […]

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A lone old tree

Emily Carr, born in 1871, captured the grandeur of British Columbia in her paintings. I had never heard of this wonderful artist until my friend Eva sent me the book Emily Carr Collected for my birthday. How wonderful to have good friends who introduce you to new artists and new ideas and new adventures! Carr […]

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The past expands

I am having a major birthday this month. My book club defines a major birthday as one that involves a change in decades. And, I do feel older. I also feel as if I should be grown up by now. But, if I’m grown up, why do old issues and old emotions keep creeping into […]

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