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Counting our blessings

Throughout the pandemic, my husband Jerry and I have counted our blessings. We have plenty of money to buy food, our children and their spouses are doing fine, and we communicate with friends with letters and text messages and on the phone, on FaceTime and on Zoom. We have been not been ill with COVID. […]

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Wisdom from the Buddha

In her book Holy Envy—Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor takes her Religion 101 class to visit a Buddhist monastery. They listen to a Buddhist monk, dressed in an orange robe, lecture about “cultivating happiness.” “Have we ever  noticed, he asks, how quickly our unhappiness with not being in a relationship […]

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Patience rewarded!

We did it! After numerous phone calls and hours waiting on hold, two confirmed reservations that were canceled and hours registering at nine sites, we finally won the competition. My husband Jerry and I were vaccinated for the coronavirus this week. We weren’t vaccinated by Dallas County. Or, the City of Dallas. Or, Garland or […]

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Read a poem

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June,” Sartre once said. And, it’s is lovely, too, to go for a walk in January. And, it is lovely, too, to read a poem in June.

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Christmas flowers

We have a vase of red and white flowers on the kitchen table, and a lovely poinsettia in the entry hall. Flowers are lovely any time of the year, especially at Christmas and especially poinsettias. “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful. They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul,” Luther Burbank […]

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Be happy and thankful

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life,” Omar Khayyam once said.

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Enlarge your world

I just visited Washington, D.C., with Bob Woodward when I read Rage, and, before that trip, I visited the forests of California with Robert Powers when I read The Overstory. I am thankful for books during this pandemic! “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all,” Jacqueline […]

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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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