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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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Joy giving

I recently saw 73 paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth. Duncan Phillips collected art and opened the first museum of modern art in the United States because, he said, he was motivated by beauty. Beauty, he explained, “is joy giving and life enhancing.” –Joy

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Peace and joy

“As we grow older, we define happiness less in terms of excitement and more in terms of peacefulness,” Sheryl Sandberg says. Sandberg and Adam Grant quote Reverend Veronica Goines in their book Option B—Facing Adversity, Building Resilence and Finding Joy. “Peace is joy at rest,” Reverend Goines says.

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Look around you

Often, when my friend Gaynelle and I are taking our morning walk, we are so busy walking and talking that we forget to look around and see the green grass and the May flowers that are blooming in our neighborhood. “Take time to look,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote recently in the [...]

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The sky is bluer

I just returned from New Mexico—where the sky is bigger and bluer. “Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. I found that quote in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip [...]

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A wonderful day

I have repeated this delightful quote that I found in a restaurant in New Mexico several times: “Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” But, a few days after I returned from my trip, I found another quote at Barnes & Nobles, and I like it even better: “Life does not have to be [...]

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