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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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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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