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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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A decision to be happy

What’s happening to our country? The world is a mess. The news is depressing. I have decided to think about all the good things in my life. A perfect day in the park with my son Jay and his friend Rachel. Books—lots of books. A lovely lunch with friends. And more! I agree with Voltaire, […]

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All good things

“All good things are wild and free,” Thoreau once said.

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Good things in the world

“So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world,” Vincent van Gogh once said.

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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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