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Be positive!?

Test negative. Be positive. I had my patience tested. I’m negative. I heard both of these lines during a Zoom meeting recently. Since then, I’m determined to be more positive—and more patient. –Joy

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Think outside your walls

I am writing letters for Beto, talking to friends on the phone and smiling at everyone I meet when I take my morning walk. I am tired of this pandemic and tired of hibernating, but I am trying my best to stay connected to the world. As John Ruskin once said, “A man or woman […]

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Every little girl

We hope our daughters will have a smoother path on their way to the offices of president and vice president, says Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic. And, Simmons quotes Kamala Harris: “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl […]

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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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