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Devout thanksgiving

I usually spend thanksgiving with my family, and I am truly thankful for my husband and children. This year, I also am remembering how thankful I am for my friends. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends,” Emerson once wrote. –Joy

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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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A lot of lonely people

A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found that the heaviest users of social media have about twice the odds of feeling socially isolated compared to their less “web-connected” friends. CNBC reported about this study.

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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 lone old tree

Emily Carr, born in 1871, captured the grandeur of British Columbia in her paintings. I had never heard of this wonderful artist until my friend Eva sent me the book Emily Carr Collected for my birthday. How wonderful to have good friends who introduce you to new artists and new ideas and new adventures! Carr […]

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Great minds think alike

If great minds think alike, then so do good friends. My friend Leslie sent me two Ruth Bader Ginsburg pins for my birthday, and my friend Carolyn send me an RBG mug. The mug sports an illustration of the Supreme Court justice and an RBG quote. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being […]

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My favorite presents

Having birthdays isn’t so bad when you can grow older with lots of good friends. My very good friend Leslie sent me three wonderful presents. One is a pin that shows a small Supreme Court building and the number “9.” Remember when someone asked Ruther Bader Ginsburg, “When will there be enough women on the […]

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Lunch in Sanger, Texas

My daughter Mary Elizabeth and her partner Jesús just bought a house in Sanger, Texas, and already they’re good friends with GiGi at GiGi’s Cafe. When we had lunch at the cafe recently while I was helping with the unpacking, I ordered the salmon salad with raspberry dressing. Gigi didn’t hesitate. “That salad won’t taste […]

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