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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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Good will toward men—and women

Glory to God in the highest, and, on earth, peace, good will toward men—and women. And all people! Luke 2:14

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Joy and peace

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace. –Romans 15:13

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Peace on earth

It’s only days until Christmas. We rushed yesterday to finish decorating the tree, to finish addressing the Christmas cards and to put the outdoor lights on the bushes—before company arrived. Today, I’m taking time to remember the meaning of the season. –Joy

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Peace and acceptance and love

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, describes how she tries to “create a feeling of peace and acceptance and love” before she enters the room of one of her patients. I love that idea of peace and acceptance and love, and I have been trying to remember it during the holiday season. How can I create […]

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Take a break

December is always a busy month. I’m going to follow the examples of these past presidents and pace myself. Presidents with good leadership skills learned “to manage themselves,” Doris Kearns Goodwin told an Arts & Letters Live audience in Dallas earlier this year. Her latest book is Leadership: In Turbulent Times. • Abraham Lincoln went […]

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