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Draw deeply from the earth

Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, created stunning paintings of trees, ravens and mountains. “Draw deeply from the good nourishment of the earth but rise into the glory of the light and air and sunshine,” she wrote in her journal. I found that quote in the introduction to Emily Carr Collected. –Joy

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Chimpanzees in the wild

In 1900, there were one million chimpanzees in the wild. Today, according to the Jane Goodall Institute, there are “as few as 340,000.” But, Jane Goodall, age 84, still has hope for chimpanzees and for the world. “It’s never too late to turn things around by nurturing the seed of hope,” Goodall told students at […]

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Something to hope for

“Rules for happiness: Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” –Immanuel Kant Joe Biden includes that quote at the beginning of his new book Promise Me, Dad, which is the story of what happened to him and his family during the last year of his son Bo’s life.

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Finding meaning

Kerry Egan, author of On Living, is a hospice chaplain who spends a lot of time listening to people’s stories. If you know someone who tells the same stories again and again—and I do, Egan explains that the person is still trying to find meaning in his or her stories. That’s the reason for the […]

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Hope is left to us

I have been depressed by the election results—so depressed that I resorted to eating chocolate for three days. But marching in the Women’s March in Austin improved my spirits. I took action! And I am going to continue to take action. I have made a goal of writing at least one letter to my representatives […]

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Speak up for things that matter

I walked Saturday with my friend Susie and 40,000 other people in the Women’s March in Austin. We were standing up, speaking up for issues that matter to us. “Our lives begin to end when we’re silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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The power of hope

Michelle Obama once said, “When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago—something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment of our […]

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