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Hopes and dreams

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 […]

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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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A journey to find herself

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.

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The meaning of life

“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.”

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The end of summer

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

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Wild and free

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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The story of your life

You are the director of the movie of your life, Ann Madonia Casey reminded me in a recent essay in The Dallas Morning News. “In my imagination, the hereafter we deserve would be one we create for ourselves every breathing moment,” Casey writes. “It would be simply this: Each person is forced to watch the […]

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The beginning of a dream

“A dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. Tubman, who soon will be featured on $20 bills, was born a slave. After she escaped to freedom, she returned to the South again and again to rescue more than 300 slaves.

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Just get started

Timothy Pychyl, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, calls procrastination a coping mechanism gone awry in which people “give in to feel good.” When you feel tempted to procrastinate, the best thing you can do is to remember that you don’t have to be in the mood to do the task, Pychyl says. What […]

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Keep growing

No matter who we are, we have to keep changing, growing—even when it’s easier to stay the way we are. “Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow,” Goethe once said.

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