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Don’t worry

My friend says that we should live for today—and not worry too much about tomorrow. Live in the moment. As Charles Schulz said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” –Joy

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Good medicine

I was feeling—as my mother would say—down in the dumps. The delta variant. The new abortion law in Texas—and the new Texas voting laws and gun laws. And, my husband’s ill health. However, I found good medicine. I talked to two good friends on the phone, and then I had lunch the next day with […]

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All shall be well

My book club just read Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Book of Longings, and this is my favorite quote from the book. “When I tell you all shall be well, I don’t mean that life won’t bring you tragedy. Life will be life. I mean only you will be well in spite of it. All […]

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The light

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light,” Theodore Roethke once said. It’s the end of June, and I look for bright flowers when I take my early morning walk. I always fill better—stronger—after my walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will […]

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Sunshine and flowers

Now when I go for my morning walk, I look for the flowers blooming red, yellow and purple in my neighbors’ yards. The flowers remind me of a couple of sentences from Hans Christian Anderson. “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” –Joy

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A blackberry cobbler

My father grew up on a farm in West Texas, and he was always a farmer. Wherever we lived, he had a garden, and my brothers and I spent many summers preparing tomatoes to be canned and green beans to be frozen for the winter. We even pulled weeds. I did not inherit the gene […]

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One good thing

The flowers are blooming at the Dallas Arboretum with one bed full of glorious yellow and purple. “That is one good thing about the world. There are always sure to be more springs,” Anne of Avonlea once said.

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Holidays with family

Jerry and I spent Easter last year, Thanksgiving last year, Christmas last year and New Year’s Day this year without our children. Because of COVID, of course. This year, we have had two doses of vaccine, and we spent Easter with our daughter Mary Elizabeth and her husband Jesús. It was a splendid day. Mary […]

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Wonderful, not perfect

I went to the arboretum for lunch. The park was a bit crowded. We had to wait in line to order our food.  It took us a few minutes to find a quiet, isolated place to eat. However, the blooming flowers and cherry trees were beautiful. It was a sunny day. And, it was marvelous […]

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500,000 blooming blossoms

Jerry and I visited the Dallas Arboretum today for the first time since the pandemic began. And, spring has arrived at the arboretum—with 500,000 blooming blossoms. Yes, 500,000! It was glorious. I felt as if I had survived the pandemic—even though I wore my mask and was careful to stay at least six feet away […]

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