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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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A perfect day

“Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” I found that quote in a restaurant in Los Alamos, New Mexico. –Joy

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Life is too short

I am reading Convictions by Marcus Borg, who always makes me stop and think. One day recently when I was feeling a bit cranky, one of Borg’s statements was especially meaningful. “Life is too short to spend even an hour feeling preoccupied or grumpy or out of sorts,” Borg wrote. –Joy

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Happy spring!

Now when my dog, Ginger, and I go on our morning walk, we see green grass and flowering trees. My husband, Jerry, says that spring arrived early this year because of climate change. No matter, it officially is arriving on March 20, and it is a happy time. As Emerson said, “The earth laughs in [...]

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Bitter and sweet

I just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and now I’m reading A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly. Both books describe life as bitter and sweet. How true. –Joy

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The happiest people

Booker T. Washington once said: “I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others.” We found that message on a Valentine’s card.

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The surprises of the day

While I was in Washington state, I watched the sun go down while I ate a Fanny Bay oyster at a wonderful restaurant next to a river. The menu described the oyster this way: “Firm meat, mild brine, cucumber finish.” It was served with a lemon and a grapefruit mignonette, and it was amazing. This [...]

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What makes life so sweet

I’m back from a trip to Bellingham, Washington, where I visited my friends Mark and Eva and also to Winthrop Washington, where I attended Elizabeth and Brooke’s wedding. I looked forward to the trip for months. I had a splendid time, and now I have many happy memories. As Emily Dickinson once wrote, “That it [...]

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