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It’s autumn!

I am ready. I have been waiting for cooler days and colorful trees, but I am not ready for Christmas decorations—not yet! However, they are appearing—already—in my neighborhood. Let’s pause for a week or so and enjoy autumn and Thanksgiving before we jump into the Christmas season. –Joy

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My colorful tree

Today when I turned the corner onto my street after my morning walk, I noticed a tall, beautiful tree with leaves that are turning red. Then, I realized that the tree is our tree—in our front yard! I was delighted. “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough,” Toni Morrison once said. “You […]

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November spins

Margaret Rose once wrote: November is a spinner Spinning in the mist, Weaving such a lovely web Of gold and amethyst.

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Autumn leaves

It’s still 80 degrees in Dallas on November 7, 2023, but I have seen a few autumn leaves. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” Emily Bronte once said. –Joy

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Peaceful and vengeful

A native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about his feelings. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, angry and violent. The other wolf is peaceful, loving and compassionate. I found this short story in the book The Way of Peace–Readings for a […]

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Washington’s wish for peace

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth,” George Washington once said.

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Panchita, Isabel Allende’s mother, once said, “Everything can be handled elegantly and without noise.” Isabel disagreed. “There’s no feminism without noise,” she writes. I just read Allende’s book The Soul of a Woman. Some of the book is very interesting, and some of it is not so interesting. –Joy

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Do something

“If you’re just talking, you’re whining,” Teddy Roosevelt once said. A great quote. I read it somewhere and wrote it down. But, according to Google, Teddy Roosevelt didn’t say it. Also, according to Google, Teddy Roosevelt did not say: “Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.” –Joy

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Welcome autumn

In his book Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury writes, “And, then, quite suddenly, summer was over.” Douglas, one of the boys in the book, remembers: “June dawns, July noons, August evenings over, finished, done and gone forever with only the sense of it all left here in his head.” I remember moments of summer, but I […]

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Good-bye summer

It’s almost autumn. I hope you have had a summer like the one Ray Bradbury describes in his book Dandelion Wine. A summer “where flowers were suns and fiery spots of sky strewn through the woodland. Birds flickered like skipping stones across the vast inverted pond of heaven.” I hope you’ve had a summer with […]

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