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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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One day at a time

“Health officials are warning that about a third of Americans are suffering from clinical anxiety and depression,” says William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week in the magazine’s June 5, 2020, issue. “To cope, we have to learn to tolerate great uncertainty, while having faith that scientists will find treatments and/or a vaccine, and this bizarre […]

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Russian roulette, anyone?

Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White, the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, reminded us that our health is “not a spectator sport,” in an interview in the May 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “So, when people are out without their masks on, interacting closely with another, it’s a little […]

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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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Make friends a priority

Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Exraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, says that writing her book made her “prioritize” her friends more. “The message is not that I want people to think of friendship as another chore,” she explains. “I am hoping that people feel this is giving them permission to […]

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Survival of the friendliest

Friends are good for your health, says Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Exraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. Having friends can improve the health of your cardiovascular system, your immune system and your brain. “People think all the time about competition and survival of the fittest, but really it’s survival of […]

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A morning walk

It can be chilly in the morning now when I go for my morning walk—but I’m prepared. If needed, I put on two pairs of gloves and two pairs of socks. Long underwear underneath my walking pants. And lots of layers under my coat. If it’s really cold, I wear a short-sleeve t-shirt, a long-sleeve […]

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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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You don’t have to be skinny

According to a royal insider, Meghan Markle “wants to change the perception that you have to be skinny to be beautiful.” Of course! Of course! Of course! That is true. I learned that bit of news from a magazine while standing in the line at the grocery store. –Joy

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