Category: friends

  • Helping one another

    When do we help someone else? When it’s easy? When it requires some sacrifice on our part? When it would be easier not to help? In Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These, the main character is confronted with a difficult decision.  Should he help if helping might carry negative consequences for him and his…

  • Silence

    ”Many’s the man (or woman) lost much just because he (or she) missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Small things and love

    Reading Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These reminded me of a quote from Mother Teresa—one of my favorite quotes. “ Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love.” –Joy

  • The value of a friend

    As Cervantes writes in Don Quixote, “He (or she) who loses wealth, loses much. He (or she) who loses a friend, loses more.” I visited the Cervantes Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, recently and was inspired to read Don Quixote again. –Joy

  • Knowing yourself

    “We can never fully know another person, and we can never fully know ourselves,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply. –Joy

  • Lingering friendships

    Long conversations. Long visits. Long friendships. “We want our friends to be lingerable,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply. –Joy

  • A mystery

    “Look at someone not as a problem to be solved, but as a mystery to be solved,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply.

  • A true friend

    Who is a true friend? A very good friend—a true friend—sent me a card with this wonderful quote. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though she/he knows that you are slightly cracked,” Bernard Meltzer once said. –Joy

  • Great friends

    My friend Eva gave me a big sticker while we were visiting her and her husband Hal in Bellingham. It says: “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” I am going to edit those words. I prefer: “Life is best when you experience great adventures with great friends!” –Joy

  • Good company

    I am watched the movie Persuasion—based on the book by Jane Austen, of course. The movie was delightful, and I am going to read the book again. Jane Austen writes: “My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”…