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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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Merry books for Christmas

Happy December! I am buying presents—online, of course. Lots of books for presents. I love to give people books for Christmas—even people who aren’t big readers. Maybe they will read the book I give them!? “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times,” E. B. White once said.

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Thankful for friends

This year, especially, I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my friends who call me on the phone, friends who send me text messages and my friend who shows up in my front yard for an in-person chat. As William James once said, “It is your friends who make your world.” –Joy

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People who are difficult

“I don’t enjoy normal, high functioning people,” Frederik Backman, the author of a new book called Anxious People, said recently during an Arts & Letters Live virtual presentation. “When I meet other people who are normal and happy and content, I don’t like them. I like people who are difficult, who march to the beat […]

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