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Caring for themselves

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. ”We were all so used to sacrificing for our kids, our spouses and our work. I had learned through my years of trying to […]

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My friends make me whole

“My friends made me whole, as they always have and always will. They gave me a life when I felt down or frustrated,” Michelle Obama wrote in her book Becoming.

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Small kindnesses

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built on a thousand small kindnesses….swapped back and forth and over again,” Obama wrote […]

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Listen for the music

“The earth has music for those who listen,” George Santayana once said. I found that quote on a card my friend Leslie sent me. She bought the car at the Corn Shop in Bridgton, Maine. –Joy

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Reach back and help someone

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted–folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them,” Michelle Obama once said.

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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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Ubuntu

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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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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We are loving creatures

“The heart is that piece of us that longs for fusion with others,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “We are not primarily thinking creatures; we are primarily loving and desiring creatures. We are defined by what we desire. We become what we love.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The Quest for a […]

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How thick and how deep

“As adults,” says David Brooks in his new book The Second Mountain—The Quest for a Moral Life, “we measure our lives by the quality of our relationships and the quality of our service to those relationships. Life is a qualitative endeavor, not a quantitative one. It’s not how many, but how thick and how deep.”

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