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Good medicine

I was feeling—as my mother would say—down in the dumps. The delta variant. The new abortion law in Texas—and the new Texas voting laws and gun laws. And, my husband’s ill health. However, I found good medicine. I talked to two good friends on the phone, and then I had lunch the next day with […]

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Pay attention

I have always liked these words from poet Mary Oliver. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. –Joy

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Pay attention

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” philosopher Simone Weil once said.

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Why we speak

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought,” neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said.

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Remember all people

“Remember you are all people and all people are you,” writes poet laureate Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. “Remember you are this universe and this universe is you. “Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.”

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The best friends

I had lunch today with a group of six friends—sitting outside at a restaurant. Pre-pandemic, we had lunch together once a month. Before our lunch today, the last time we had lunch was February 2020. We have kept in touch with phone calls, email messages, text messages and Zoom meetings. Friends are wonderful. In-person friends […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, of course! Happy Mother’s Day, too, to a number of women friends who, through the years, have nurtured me, helped me survive and thrive, listened and lectured, always been available when I needed them. Thank you! –Joy

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“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else,” says author Jodi Picoult. “It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’”

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It’s called love

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love,” Winnie the Pooh said.

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Blessed are you

My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, shared this blessing in her church newsletter. Kerry found it on Kate Bowler’s podcast. Blessed are you, dear one, who have been told you are too big, too loud, too brown, too weird, too old, too much. You belong here. Blessed are you, you who navigate your workplace […]

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