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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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Love your neighbor. No exceptions!

My friend Patrick found this quote and sent it to me. “Love your neighbor who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. Love your neighbor. No exceptions!”

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The manly Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers showed us what it means to be a neighbor—and also what it means to be a man, writes David Roark in the June 17, 2018, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “Explicitly and implicitly, we’ve indoctrinated males to be tough, harsh and domineering, to avoid emotions and, in turn, to dominate, demean and […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Fred Rogers believed everyone “has inherent dignity,” writes Alissa Wilkinson on Vox. The new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” succeeds, Wilkinson says, “on the radically subversive and obvious notions we learned when we were children: that being nice is not a weakness, that speaking with care is a thing we do simply because we […]

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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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I am wealthy

On Valentine’s Day, I will be thankful for my husband—and my children—and for my big circle of friends and family. “I am wealthy in my friends,” Shakespeare once wrote. And, I am wealthy because I count many of my family members as friends, too. And, many of my friends are like family! –Joy

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