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Russian roulette, anyone?

Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White, the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, reminded us that our health is “not a spectator sport,” in an interview in the May 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “So, when people are out without their masks on, interacting closely with another, it’s a little […]

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Irritated?

I’ll admit it. The person I am staying-in-place with sometimes irritates me. However, I smiled, when a friend reminded me: “The person irritating you may be the person you are irritating.” –Joy

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Kindness

A friend calls to see how I am doing. A stranger gives me a warm smile when I take my afternoon walk. My husband shares a joke he has just read while we fix dinner together. These acts of kindness lift my spirit, and I am reminded of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.” Before you […]

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Be kind

My husband Jerry reminds me that we are not quarantined. We just are practicing social distancing. We are not going anywhere or having contact with anyone until there is no danger from the coronavirus.. It’s the two of us and our dog Jack together in our house—for who knows how long. One day a week […]

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Small kindnesses

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built on a thousand small kindnesses….swapped back and forth and over again,” Obama wrote […]

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Overwhelm the world

“Do your little bits of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world,” Desmond Tutu once said.

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Humankind

Recently, I saw my favorite bumper sticker on a car in a parking lot: “Humankind. Be both.” –Joy

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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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Where does it hurt?

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere” –Warsan Shire We found this poem in an email message from Charter for Compassion.

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In the kindness way

What the world needs is a lot more kindness. I found this quote recently in a restaurant. “Do the kindness things in the kindness way.” –Joy

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