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Fresh air and sunshine

When we went to the Dallas Arboretum last week with our friends Sally and Charlie, Sally said, “Let’s go again next week.” So, we’re going to the arboretum again today. “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat,” Laura Ingalls Wilder once said. Fresh air and sunshine—and flowers, of course! –Joy

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Happy spring!

I spent the first day of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, where 500,000 spring flowers are blooming. That’s right. 500,000! The Dallas Arboretum is the Southwest’s “largest floral festival.” It was a happy day. As Emerson once wrote, “The earth laughs in flowers.” –Joy

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Carry your own weather

I’m ready for summer. It has been rainy, cloudy, cool for days. Sometimes I let the weather affect my mood. And, sometimes, I let stormy relationships with the people around me depress me. “Carry your own weather,” advises Todd Davis in his book Get Better—15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. I have […]

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Minor problems

It’s a family tradition. When the four of us visit Eureka Springs, we check into our cabin in the afternoon, visit a favorite restaurant—and then stop at the grocery store for supplies. Stopping at the grocery store always takes longer than expected. I pick out the mustard for sandwiches, but Jay puts it back and […]

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A choice

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health,” Voltaire once said.

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Make up your mind

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once said. I found that quote in a gift shop during my recent trip to Maine. –Joy

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No cell service

While we were in Maine, my daughter sent us a text message with a photo of our dog, Ginger—who was happy staying with Mary Elizabeth. She didn’t miss us at all. I tried to reply, but I was in a cabin on a lake with lousy cell service. I finally wrote: “I have not had […]

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Lobster news from Maine

I learned a lot about lobsters during my recent trip to Maine. • A lobster has an average life span of 50 years. • It takes a lobster four to seven years to grow to be one pound in weight. • A female lobster lays from several thousand to 100,000 eggs at one time. Only […]

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A little chilly

It was 100 degrees in Dallas the day before we flew to Maine. I smiled as I packed my L.L. Bean long underwear and flannel pajamas, and I wore both to keep warm at night in the bed in our unheated cabin on a lake. And, every morning when I crawled out from under my […]

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Why are you unhappy?

I have a tendency to be happy and optimistic a lot of the time. My mother was usually a happy person. But, I also sometimes have a tendency to be negative and depressed. My father had a tendency to be negative and discouraged. “Unhappiness is an avocation,” says Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland: A Memoir. […]

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