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The great harmonies

Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History, talks about happiness as harmony. “Happiness is desired by all men and women; and moments of it are probably attained by most men and women,” Niebuhr writes. “Only moments of it can be attained because happiness is the inner concomitant of the neat harmonies of […]

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Hillary Clinton at 80

Hillary Clinton “writes she plans to stay alive to see the first woman become president,” writes Susanna Schrobsdorff in the September 25, 2017, issue of Time. “When I read that, I envisioned her at age 80, back on the Inaugural podium in a white pantsuit….Maybe all those women and girls from all those marches will […]

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Let go

You can’t control everything—although I often try to. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” Joseph Campbell once said. –Joy

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Keep moving

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day,” Gloria Steinem stresses. “A movement is only people moving.” We found that quote in The Week, and the magazine reprinted it from Bustle.com.

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A dirt path

I saw this message on a sign in a gift shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” –Joy

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Finding meaning

In the forward to his new book, Bruce Feiler quotes Thomas Merton: “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.” I recently heard Feiler talk in Dallas about his book The First Love Story—Adam, Eve and Us. –Joy

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The habit of excellence

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

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I’m speaking up

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, […]

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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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Advice from Benjamin Franklin

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.

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