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Flowers in the morning

I still enjoy my early morning walks, and I am leaving my house even earlier now that it’s warmer in Dallas. It is good to be outside and see the flowers and the trees and the sky. As Van Gogh said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” –Joy ”

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Notice the beauty

Now is a good time to notice all of the beauty around you. The trees and flowers, the blue sky, the moon and stars at night. As the artist Nam June Paik once said, “Open your window and count the stars.”

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Be happy

Be as happy as you can today. Do something that makes you happy. Eat a cookie, go for a walk, make a phone call to someone you love. And, remember all the happy days that you have had. And, keep in mind that there will be many more happy days in the future. –Joy

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Remember

Remember when you could go  to the grocery store if you decided suddenly you needed more lettuce or you could go out to eat if you didn’t feel like cooking dinner or you could call a friend and invite her to lunch. Remember. Someday we will be able to do those things again. But, now […]

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A gloomy day

I woke up Sunday feeling gloomy. The gloom surrounded me as I faced another day of stay-in-place during this coronavirus crisis. The gloom lingered until I took my afternoon walk and saw a friendly neighbor and some spring flowers starting to bloom. “Where flowers bloom so does hope,” Lady Bird Johnson once said. –Joy

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Call a friend

Fayteen, her daughter Ranna and I had lunch last week, and we agreed to have lunch again—soon, we hope—as soon as the dangers from the coronavirus have disappeared. We promised to keep in touch with text messages, email messages and phone calls. This is a good time to talk to friends on the phone. I […]

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Take a walk

I am continuing my early morning walks—without stops to talk to my neighbors, the ones I see every morning because they are regular walkers, too. Of course, we can yell to each other from across the street. While I can’t go out to eat with a friend or even go to the bookstore, it’s is […]

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Food and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier place,” J.R.R. Tolkien once said.

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Down the drain

“There’s only one person exactly like you in the world,” Mr. Rogers once said. “You can never go down the drain.” That quote is one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I […]

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A snappy new day

“I think I’ll make a snappy new day,” Mr. Rogers once said. That’s good advice. It’s rainy in Dallas, and I am feeling the after-the-holiday blues. The quote is one of the many quotes on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat […]

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