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We need nurturing in return

“The whole male-female thing in this country is very volatile right now,” Glenn Close, the actress, once said. “I think many women are feeling used by men. They invest a lot in a relationship, in nurturing a man emotionally and in his career, but they have their own careers and emotions and they don’t get […]

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It’s we, we, the world

”It’s time for us to realize that we are a part of all the suffering in the world–those who are hungry and starving, all those animals that face extinction,” says Jane Goodall, primatologist and United Nations messenger of peace. “Then, we begin to make the change from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ It’s we, we, the world. […]

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We don’t know anybody

Author Elizabeth Strout says, “I’m so interested in the fact that we really don’t know anybody. We think we know the people close to us, but we don’t. We really don’t.” I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for the second time, her books My Name Is […]

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The skin that protects you

Author Elizabeth Strout, who often writes about how difficult life can be, concludes that love can save you. “This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with,” Strout says. I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for […]

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A gift for others

“The greatest gift you will ever give is your honest self,” Fred Rogers once said.

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A gift to yourself

“Forgiveness. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself,” Maya Angelou once said. “Forgive everybody.”

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A party marooned by a shipwreck

Families—all families—are complicated and rarely perfectly behaved. As Jono explains in Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: “It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That’s what a family is.”

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Friends and families

I bought a small pottery dish inscribed with these words for my friend’s birthday present: “Friends are the families we choose.” While I was fishing for my credit card, the woman behind the counter announced, “That’s what I tell my next-door neighbor.” And, then, she told me about last Thanksgiving. Her son wanted to do […]

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Talk less. Listen more.

Todd Davis reminds us of the importance of listening in his book Get Better—15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. “One of the most profound gifts you can give another human being is your sincere understanding,” he writes. “To do so requires clearing away your mental clutter, suspending (at least temporarily) your agenda […]

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What does love look like?

Matt de La Pena wrote a children’s book titled Love. He wants his child to know there is more to the world than the divisiveness he sees every time he turns on the television, he told The Dallas Morning News in an interview for its January 21, 2018, issue. Every page shows visual examples of […]

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