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Postpone it

There was supposed to be a shower for Rachel, my son Jay’s bride-to-be, today, March 28, a couples’ shower on April 25 and a wedding on May 30. Now all of the wedding celebrations have been canceled/postponed. Jay and Rachel will get married today—March 28, 2020—in Tulsa with Rachel’s parents attending, but standing six feet […]

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Be kind

My husband Jerry reminds me that we are not quarantined. We just are practicing social distancing. We are not going anywhere or having contact with anyone until there is no danger from the coronavirus.. It’s the two of us and our dog Jack together in our house—for who knows how long. One day a week […]

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Friends and family

I have friends that I consider family. That’s wonderful, says Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Exraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. “In this new science and in fact the way we live our lives, those lines are blurred. I think of friendship now as a template for all your relationships….It makes […]

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Reminders of friends and family

On my desk I have a coaster that my friend Ranna gave me. On the bookshelves behind my desk I have an owl that my friend Eva made for me and some of the artwork that my children made years ago. Jeanne Marie Lakas in an article in The New York Times Magazine shares a […]

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Happy Galantine’s!

Valentine’s Day is for celebrating the special person you love—and also all of the special people you love—family and friends. That’s why I like Galantine’s Day—celebrating women friends. “Friends are the siblings God didn’t give you,”  someone once said. –Joy

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Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Getting ready to be thankful

We have been working extra hard to get ready for Thanksgiving this year. We have been doing our best to make our house look presentable because our son Jay is bringing home his good friend Rachel for the holiday. We even bought a new garbage can because our old garbage no longer opened automatically when […]

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Where are you from?

I heard part of George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” on NPR on August 19: I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush, the Dutch elm whose long gone limbs I remember as […]

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Friends and sisters

“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves–a special kind of double,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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The word ubuntu is an African word that means: “I am because of who we are together.” I discovered the word in a University of New Mexico publication about family development. –Joy

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