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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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A new day

I am going to remember to be thankful during this holiday season. I will be thankful for each new day. As Maya Angelou once said, “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen it before.” –Joy

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Happy Thanksgiving

Even if it rains and some of my relatives are grumpy and the dressing is overcooked, I am going to have a happy day. I’ll remember to be grateful. As someone once said, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” –Joy

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Devout thanksgiving

I usually spend thanksgiving with my family, and I am truly thankful for my husband and children. This year, I also am remembering how thankful I am for my friends. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends,” Emerson once wrote. –Joy

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Do not sit idly by

“We may never change the minds of people who send pipe bombs, but we can stop them from influencing others,” writes Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University, in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “This year, at Thanksgiving dinner, when your curmudgeon uncle or successful cousin (not all haters […]

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Liberty or death!

Harriet Tubman was a former slave who risked her life helping other slaves escape to freedom. She also worked as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War. “I had reasoned this out in my mind,” she once said. “There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If […]

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Your children will be fine

Long ago, when my children were young, I read a reassuring article. Your children are going to be fine, the author stressed. However, she added, you will never be the same. And, I know for sure that my children have helped me become a better person. “It is not until you become a mother that […]

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Important work

If you are a mother, never forget that you have done—or you are doing—important work. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much,” Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis once said.

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Tired, but happy

I have a new, improved plan for Mother’s Day! We had planned to visit our son Jay in Tulsa during Memorial Day weekend, but he’s going to be busy that weekend. He has become a serious swing dancer, and he will be attending a special swing dancing event. So, we’re going to Tulsa for Mother’s […]

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Happy spring!

I spent the first day of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, where 500,000 spring flowers are blooming. That’s right. 500,000! The Dallas Arboretum is the Southwest’s “largest floral festival.” It was a happy day. As Emerson once wrote, “The earth laughs in flowers.” –Joy

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