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Let our love be loud

“Let our prayers be silent,” says Chett Pritchett. “Let our work be visible. Let our love be loud.” My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, quoted Pritchett in her church’s weekly online newsletter. –Joy

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Indifference

Rabbi Andrew Paley, senior rabbi of Temple Shalom in Dallas, quoted Elie Wiesel, Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor, in a column in the January 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference,” Wiesel said. “The opposite of beauty is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of […]

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Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Goodness, justice and peace

On December 29, 2019, Bernice King wrote, “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Determine what kind of everyday human you want to be. And decide if that human will be for goodness, justice, peace and love.  “And envision if that human has dreams that will lift humanity. Then, the moments, years and minutes will matter.”  Bernice King […]

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The spirit of Christmas

Christmas is over! New Year’s Day is past. It’s time to return to our normal routines. I am going to remember, though, in the coming days the spirit of Christmas. Love and peace and hope. As Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep […]

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A little Latin

Amor Omnia Vincit. My friend Charlie says that this phrase means: “Love conquers all.” –Joy

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Where are you from?

I heard part of George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” on NPR on August 19: I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush, the Dutch elm whose long gone limbs I remember as […]

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Thin love

“Love is or it ain’t,” Toni Morrison once said. “Thin love ain’t love at all.” Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Infinite dignity and worth

“The soul is the piece of us that gives each person infinite dignity and worth,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “Slavery is wrong because it obliterates a soul. Rape is not just an assault on physical molecules; it obliterates another soul. The soul yearns for goodness.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The […]

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We are loving creatures

“The heart is that piece of us that longs for fusion with others,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “We are not primarily thinking creatures; we are primarily loving and desiring creatures. We are defined by what we desire. We become what we love.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The Quest for a […]

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