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In an instant

“Life changes in the instant,” writes Joan Dideon at the beginning of her book about the year after her husband died–The Year of Magical Thinking. “The ordinary instant.” Thankfully, my husband is alive. But, the book made me think of the day when my mother died and the day when my father died. “Life changes […]

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What does love look like?

Matt de La Pena wrote a children’s book titled Love. He wants his child to know there is more to the world than the divisiveness he sees every time he turns on the television, he told The Dallas Morning News in an interview for its January 21, 2018, issue. Every page shows visual examples of […]

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What a privilege

“When you arise in the morning, think what a privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” What a great quote from Marcus Aurelius. Valentine’s Day is coming. It’s time to show how much you love your family and friends.

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Love, not hate

“Hate cannot drive out hate,” Martin Luther King said. “Only love can do that.” Martin Luther King died more than 50 years ago, but his words are relevant today.

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Serving the people

Lupe Valdez recently resigned as Dallas County sheriff to run for governor of Texas. She is Hispanic, a Lesbian, a migrant farmer’s daughter. “I’ve lived a life of hard work and service,” she said. “El que no sirve a la gente, no sirve para nada.” (If you’re not serving people, you’re not worth anything.”)

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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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Tell me that you love me

“I like not only to be loved but also to be told that I am loved,” George Eliot once wrote. “The realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave.”

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A little chocolate

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” Charles Schultz once said.

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Love your neighbor

I am deeply disturbed by the hateful words I have been hearing on the news. That’s why I ordered a t-shirt with this message. “Love your neighbor—your black, brown, white, immigrant, disabled, religiously different, LGBTQ, fully human neighbor.” –Joy

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Kind and tough

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough,” President Franklin Roosevelt once said. I found that quote in a museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and I also discovered other bits of wisdom during my recent trip […]

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