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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ready to make a change?

If you want to change jobs or change a habit, first take time for precontemplation and contemplation. That’s the lesson I learned recently during a presentation about James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente’s Trans-theoretical Theory of Behavior Change. Prochaska and DiClemente outline five steps to making changes. Precontemplation—which involves becoming aware that you need to make […]

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Another year, another birthday

My birthday is approaching. “I can’t believe I’m this old,” I told my husband the other day. However, every time I start to feel a bit depressed about the inevitable, I remember my wise friend Jane, who was my roommate the summer I worked in Boston. It seems amusing now, but back then I was […]

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Why do people love you?

When Eleanor Roosevelt died, the United Nations held a memorial service, and representatives from 110 countries stood for a minute of silent tribute. The New York Times pronounced this remarkable woman “one of the great ladies in the history of the country.” However, Roosevelt, the only daughter of an alcoholic father and a beautiful, aloof […]

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What would Batman eat?

Ask a group of children. That’s what the researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab did. Before they took a group of children to a fast-food restaurant, they asked half of them, “What would Batman eat?” Then, when they arrived at the restaurant, they let the children choose between a snack of French fries […]

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