Every morning when the alarm goes off, I hesitate a minute. And, then I tell myself: “Get up and do your exercises!” I do them. Every morning. Even when I would much prefer to be sleeping a bit longer. Soon, I’m finished. I’ve learned that I need to do my exercises immediately—as soon as I [...]
George Saunders writes about Abraham Lincoln, ghosts and life in his new book Lincoln in the Bardo. “We know the truth of life, which is that everything comes and goes; everything is conditional,” Saunders told The Dallas Morning News. “So, how do you make a joyful, productive life in the face of that knowledge?”
Nevada may vote soon to become the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. But the vote would be a little late. The deadline to ratify the amendment ended in 1982 with 35 states in favor of the ERA. That wasn’t enough. The Constitution requires 38 states—or three-quarters of all states—to ratify an amendment. [...]
That was the headline on an email message that we received from Wendy Davis, who ran for governor in Texas and lost. Losing an election didn’t stop Wendy from taking action and fighting for the causes she believes in. She was writing to tell us about a nonprofit called Deeds Not Words. Recently, the nonprofit [...]
My mother used to say that you can tell the size of a person by what makes him or her angry. I thought about that quote recently when I got very angry at someone at the post office. I didn’t yell, but I felt like yelling. I wasn’t really all that angry at the post [...]
Judge Bailey Moseley, who sits on the Texas Sixth District Court of Appeals, posted this “joke” on his Facebook page: “After just one day in office, Trump managed to achieve something that no one else has been able to do. He got a million fat women out walking.” I am one non-fat woman who marched [...]
I have been depressed by the election results—so depressed that I resorted to eating chocolate for three days. But marching in the Women’s March in Austin improved my spirits. I took action! And I am going to continue to take action. I have made a goal of writing at least one letter to my representatives [...]
I’m looking forward to a new year, and I hope you are looking forward to 2017, too. I’ve always liked this quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” –Joy
Let’s all remember to take time to enjoy the beauty of the season—the beauty that Elizabeth Rooney describes in her poem “Harvest Song.” Sing apples and peaches and pears! Sing orange and scarlet and yellow! Sing green turned to glory To tell us the story That autumn is merry and mellow! We found this poem [...]
Now, when I take an early morning walk with my neighbor Gaynelle and our two dogs, the air is crisper, cooler, perfect for walking. By the time we return, the sun is up and it’s warm, but not hot. It’s autumn again, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s an amazing time of the [...]
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