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A friendly universe

Albert Einstein once said that the single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe that the universe is friendly. I have made a choice. I still believe the universe, my world, is friendly—and that the future will be better, happier, friendlier than it is today. –Joy

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Peace and uncertainty

My husband Jerry and I are now self-quarantined in our home with food for several weeks and plenty of books to read and closets to clean. Still, I keep feeling anxious about all of the uncertainty. And, what about my son Jay’s May wedding? And, why am I worrying about a wedding when some people […]

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The shelter of a friend

I talked to three friends on the phone last night–Lynn, my best friend in high school. Barbara, another friend since high school. And, Marjorie, who worked with me more than 30 years ago, before my daughter was born. After our conversations, I felt better! I was reminded of a quote from Emily Dickinson, “I felt […]

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Every moment

It seems as if I keep running into Mr. Rogers wherever I go. Recently I found him and more lovely quotes in an article by Jeanne Marie Lakas in The New York Times Magazine. “I would love to be present in every moment I have,” Mr. Rogers once said. –Joy

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Indifference

Rabbi Andrew Paley, senior rabbi of Temple Shalom in Dallas, quoted Elie Wiesel, Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor, in a column in the January 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference,” Wiesel said. “The opposite of beauty is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of […]

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A snappy new day

“I think I’ll make a snappy new day,” Mr. Rogers once said. That’s good advice. It’s rainy in Dallas, and I am feeling the after-the-holiday blues. The quote is one of the many quotes on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat […]

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Goodness, justice and peace

On December 29, 2019, Bernice King wrote, “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Determine what kind of everyday human you want to be. And decide if that human will be for goodness, justice, peace and love.  “And envision if that human has dreams that will lift humanity. Then, the moments, years and minutes will matter.”  Bernice King […]

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The spirit of Christmas

Christmas is over! New Year’s Day is past. It’s time to return to our normal routines. I am going to remember, though, in the coming days the spirit of Christmas. Love and peace and hope. As Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep […]

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Hold fast to hope

My favorite poem about hope is really about dreams. Langston Hughes wrote it, and I change the word “dreams” in the poem to the word “hope.” “Hold fast to hope,” my edited version reads, “For if hope dies, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” –Joy

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Hope and history

Bill Holston is hopeful, he wrote in the December 4, 2019, issue of the Dallas Morning News. Holston quotes an Irish poet. “History says don’t hope on this side of the grave, but once in a lifetime the longed sea of change of justice can rise up and hope and history rhyme,” Seamus Heaney once […]

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