Category: Joy

  • Joy and sorrow

    Lots of sorrow and a little joy. Lots of joy and only a bit Of sorrow.             Who can know The formula beforehand? These are words from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends who give you a book—a book you never would have read if…

  • The spirit of Christmas

    I am going to try to keep the spirit of Christmas—which is love—as long as I can—into the days of the new year. Love and joy and peace. As. D.H. Lawrence once said, “The night was past and the morning was come….Joy and peace made a flapping of wings in each heart.” –Joy

  • 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…

  • The world’s wide gift

    “Stretch out your hand and take the world’s wide gift of joy and beauty,” Corinne Roosevelt Robinson once said.

  • The best presents

    “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” –Dr. Seuss We wish you the best presents of Christmas—friends and family around you—and joy and hope and love inside you.

  • A friend who takes action

    I showed up at church one Sunday recently in pain. The night before, I had slipped in the kitchen and hit my foot—hard—against a chair. When I woke up Sunday morning, my foot was blue and my little toe was swollen. I gingerly put on the pair of shoes that I thought would hurt the…

  • Happy shopping!

    According to the August 6, 2012, issue of Time magazine, the average American woman owned nine outfits in 1930. Today we purchase more than 60 pieces of new clothing every year. I’m not a big shopper, and I don’t think I buy 60 new pieces of clothing every year. And, I’m not sure exactly what…

  • The dog days of summer

    It’s hot in Dallas. The dog days of summer—“the hot, sultry period of summer between early July and early September”—aptly describes the season in Texas. My dog Ginger understands perfectly how to survive in the dog days of summer. She’s up early and ready for a morning walk, but she’s content to spend most of…

  • Christmas in August

    I am a bit embarrassed to admit what I found in a back corner of my closet. A stack of Christmas cards from 1998. Yes, 1998. Surely, I’ve cleaned that corner of my closet since 1998. Perhaps, I cleaned my closet, discovered that stack of Christmas cards, ran out of time and stashed the bag…

  • Wisdom from Sally Ride

    Sally Ride, who died on July 23, 2012, was this country’s first woman in space. She also started a foundation to promote science education and to encourage young women to study science. “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary,” she once said. I read this quote in the August 6, 2012, issue of People…