I’m de-cluttering again—and discovering some bits of wisdom in the tons of papers that I have saved. How about a quote from Aristotle? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” Aristotle once said. –Joy
I’ve made a goal to write at least one letter to my representatives in Washington, D.C., and Austin every week. So far, this year I’ve written 12 letters. I’m speaking up. There’s a Latin proverb that says: “He (or she!) who is silent, when he (or she) ought to have spoken and was able to, [...]
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 [...]
If you’re making new year’s resolutions—and we decided years ago that we prefer to make our resolutions in the spring, here’s some good advice from Ben Franklin. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let every year find you a better person,” Franklin once said.
It’s November already, and my husband Jerry and I already are making plans for 2017. Big plans. We’re going to update our house. Re-do the kitchen and bathrooms. Buy new carpet. Maybe even hardwood floors. Of course, we still have two months of 2016 left. But, are you already thinking about the new year? “Hope [...]
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 [...]
Amazing! The new Disney movie “Moana” will feature a heroine who journeys to find herself—not to find a man. We read about “Moana” in the August 8, 2016, issue of Time magazine.
“Love is our true destiny,” said Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic. “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.”
Before Labor Day arrives—and it’s coming soon, I’m going to take a summer afternoon off. I’ll read a book—or go to a movie—or maybe I’ll do nothing. I’m inspired by a quote I found in the latest Bas Blue catalogue. It was prominently displayed on a list pad: “Time is precious. Waste it wisely!” –Joy
It’s August, almost the end of the summer. The vacation season is coming to a close. Sooner than we realize, we’ll begin the months of celebration with Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Be sure to make time before the end of August for a new adventure. And, remember the wisdom of Thoreau: “All good [...]
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