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Blessed are you

My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, shared this blessing in her church newsletter. Kerry found it on Kate Bowler’s podcast. Blessed are you, dear one, who have been told you are too big, too loud, too brown, too weird, too old, too much. You belong here. Blessed are you, you who navigate your workplace […]

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Counting our blessings

Throughout the pandemic, my husband Jerry and I have counted our blessings. We have plenty of money to buy food, our children and their spouses are doing fine, and we communicate with friends with letters and text messages and on the phone, on FaceTime and on Zoom. We have been not been ill with COVID. […]

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Go to bed

I feel most discouraged at night. When I share my anxiety with my husband Jerry, his refrain always is: “Go to bed.” And, I always feel better in the morning. As the writer Barbara Kingsolver says, “Hope is a renewable option. If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get […]

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Look for the light

“For there is always light,” writes poet Amanda Gorman. “If we’re brave enough to see it If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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Open your soul

Our country needs more compassion–and more hope. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts,” President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address. “If we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes, as my mom would say, just for […]

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May your hope have feathers

May there be hope perching in your soul! May your hope have feathers so that it can be your companion during the next year. As Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”

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Where hope lies

“The hope of the world lies in what one demands, not of others, but of oneself,” James Baldwin once said.

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After Christmas

Christmas is over. I am wearing a new sweater, and, despite all the chocolate and pie and mashed potatoes I ate, I can still squeeze into my jeans. And, despite the pandemic, there was love and hope and peace on Christmas day. May that love and hope and peace linger with all of us into […]

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Christmas hope and joy

Last night, my husband Jerry and I watched an online production of “A Christmas Carol” created by the Dallas Theater Center. If there wasn’t a pandemic, we would have been watching a live performance with singing and dancing and a stage full of actors and actresses—and we would have been watching with our children. Going […]

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Christmas is a state of mind

Here is a quote I have always liked. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” I always thought the words came from Charles Dickens, but I just checked. Those words came […]

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