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Too many books!

I attended the Texas Book Festival in Austin last month. More than 300 authors attended the festival. I haven’t heard a count of how many people listened to the authors, but last year 50,000 people were there. I heard John Grisham, Malcolm Gladwell and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak—and a few more authors, too. […]

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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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Bookworms

For Halloween, I would like to be a bookworm and curl up on the couch with a book or two. In Austin at the Texas Book Festival on October 26-27, I saw a girl with a t-shirt that declared, “Bookworms become butterflies!” –Joy

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Happy Fourth of July!

Here are the words by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Buy some spring flowers

I am buying spring flowers—in honor of the new season—probably daffodils if I can find them. My mother loved daffodils. And, in Texas, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, I’m sure I will see some wildflowers—probably bluebonnets. As Sheryl Crow once said, “No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle […]

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Happy spring!

Wishing you a spring filled with hope. “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day she created spring.”—Bernard Williams (edited)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Wishing you a happy day—and sending you an Irish blessing! “May your paths bloom with shamrocks, and your heart ring with songs, and the sky smile with bright sunshine all this happy day long.”

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A year of happy surprises

“Each new year is a surprise to us,” Henry David Thoreau once wrote. We hope your year is full of happy surprises!

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Keeping the spirit of Christmas

At the end of “The Christmas Carol,” Scrooge promises, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” I am going to make the same promise—to strive to live with the spirit of Christmas, with more love and peace, all year long. –Joy

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