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Simple pleasures

Fall leaves, cooler weather and a cup of tea. Simple pleasures. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” I hope you enjoy some simple pleasures today. –Joy

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My Texas peach

It’s summer in Texas, and we’re all complaining about the weather. However, this morning I ate yogurt with a delicious Texas peach. It was a splendid meal! I agree with Arlene Francis, “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.” –Joy

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Food and families

We have been cooking—my sister-in-law Barbie’s toffee, my husband’s father’s fudge, my grandmother Margaret Jackson’s soft raisin cookies. Christmas is a time for families—those who will be with us during the holiday and those who live still in our hearts. –Joy

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Fire for the mind

I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for […]

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“’Well,’ said Winnie the Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

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Eat cookies

“Today I will live in the moment—unless it’s unpleasant in which case I’ll eat cookies.” I found this quote in the latest FemaleCreations catalog. I found it the day I felt a bit lethargic because I had eaten too many cookies the day before. I enjoyed the cookies, but I ate too many!

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Don’t eat too much

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of the book Unsavory Truth, offered this advice during an interview with BonAppetit. “Don’t eat too much. Make sure you have vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food. I mean, really, that’s all there is too it.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? […]

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Lobster news from Maine

I learned a lot about lobsters during my recent trip to Maine. • A lobster has an average life span of 50 years. • It takes a lobster four to seven years to grow to be one pound in weight. • A female lobster lays from several thousand to 100,000 eggs at one time. Only […]

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Broken—and strong

“I am stronger than I am broken,” writes Roxane Gay in her book Hunger.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Remember why we celebrate this holiday—and be sure to eat some ice cream! Here’s a gift–part of a poem–by Nikki Giovanni. One of the reasons I like this poem is that we always ate homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July when I was a child. Usually it was peach ice cream. Joy I […]

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