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Life is swell

“My life ain’t heaven, but it sure ain’t hell. I’m not on top, but I call it swell,” Maya Angelou once said. Maya, of course, says it better than I do. What I often say is: “Life isn’t perfect, but it is wonderful!” –Joy

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Oysters like honeydew

In Dallas, I dunk an oyster in red sauce before I plop it in my mouth and swallow it. All I taste is the red sauce. In Bellingham, Washington, I ate Stellar Bay oysters, which tasted meaty—and Kumamoto oysters, which tasted like cucumber and salt—and Shigoku oysters, which tasted like honeydew. A new experience! Another […]

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Traveling adventures

Of course, I didn’t get done everything I was supposed to get done before I left on my trip. Of course, everything will not go smoothly during my travels. And, of course, no matter, I will have a wonderful time. Trips are never perfect, but they are always an adventure, always fun. As Leonard Cohen […]

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The surprises of the day

I went to the Dallas Arboretum two days in a row last week—once with my friend Susie and again with my husband Jerry and our son Jay, who was home for Father’s Day. And, surprise! When I saw flowers the second day that I hadn’t noticed the first day, I remembered a line written by […]

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Summer flowers and storms

It’s summer in Dallas, and yesterday I visited the Dallas Arboretum. It is bright and happy, filled with colorful flowers. The arboretum is beautiful now even though it was closed for a couple of days earlier this week because of storm damage. May your summer be filled with more flowers than storms. –Joy

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Keep reading

I love this quote! “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once said. Books certainly have taken me on lots of adventures and to lots of places. –Joy

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I could still be amazed

In his book The Frozen Leopard, Aaron Latham explains that it was a “rainy season” in his soul. Seeking a cure for his depression, Latham goes to Africa. There he watches a giraffe and writes, “I felt giddy and elated. Most of all, I was amazed to relearn an old lesson that I had all […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Wishing you a happy day—and sending you an Irish blessing! “May your paths bloom with shamrocks, and your heart ring with songs, and the sky smile with bright sunshine all this happy day long.”

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“’Well,’ said Winnie the Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

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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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