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Another person

“Inside every person is a universe, and we’ll never know what it feels like to be another person,” author Elizabeth Strout told Time magazine in its May 15, 2017 issue. And, then, Strout concluded, “Which is horrifying.” Horrifying? That’s a strong word. I try to understand what another person is feeling. I think I can [...]

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Who’s normal?

“Someone you don’t know very well,” my friend Mary told me recently. –Joy

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Life goes on

My friend Olga told me about her friend who just died. She was a woman who had seen much and done much—and, for Olga, she had been more family than friend. I could feel Olga’s sadness when she concluded, “Life goes on.” It’s true. Robert Frost once said: ‘In three words, I can sum up [...]

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What’s your story?

Everyone has a story—or two or three, and most of us tell the stories that define our lives over and over, explained author George Saunders at an Art & Letters Live presentation in Dallas on March 8, 2017. I’ve been thinking about my stories. What are the stories about my life that I tell over [...]

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Flowers in the garden of life

Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” That is one of my favorite quotes, and here are two more quotes that are wonderful for spring—or for any time. Whitman said, “With every leaf a miracle.” And, anonymous said, “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.” –Joy

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An Irish blessing

I’m Irish; so, I’m sending you an old Irish blessing for St. Patrick’s Day. May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. –Joy

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

I had never heard about Galentine’s Day until I read an article in the February 13, 2017, issue of The Dallas Morning News. I think it’s a great idea. We need a day to celebrate the importance of our female friends—our gal friends! I have a number of splendid girl and women friends, and they [...]

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Keep walking!

Gaynelle, my friend and neighbor, her dog, Cara, my dog, Ginger, and I have been walking two miles every morning for more than a year now. We talk and walk, and it’s a fun way to start the day. This morning we congratulated ourselves. According to an article in the January 10, 2017, issue of [...]

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We’re ready for more adventures

Fayteen and I ended the year with a lovely adventure—a day trip to Fort Worth. We saw a wonderful exhibit—“Monet—The Early Years” at the Kimball Art Museum—and we had a leisurely lunch at the Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. For dessert, I ate a sweet potato pudding tart with toasted [...]

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The distracted adult syndrome

Too much screen time is bad for children, says Dr. Nicolas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance. In fact, Dr. Kardaras concludes, that brain imaging studies show that excessive screen exposure can damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine [...]

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