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Keeping the spirit of Christmas

At the end of “The Christmas Carol,” Scrooge promises, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” I am going to make the same promise—to strive to live with the spirit of Christmas, with more love and peace, all year long. –Joy

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Peace and acceptance and love

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, describes how she tries to “create a feeling of peace and acceptance and love” before she enters the room of one of her patients. I love that idea of peace and acceptance and love, and I have been trying to remember it during the holiday season. How can I create […]

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Fear and love

“There are two basic motivating forces—fear and love,” John Lennon once said. “All hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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What do we do now?

“If the opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference, then the antidote to hate is engagement,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Leadership will come from uncountable individual decisions to model kindness, to fight alienation, to get offline and into the streets or the classroom or the sanctuary and […]

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The skin that protects you

Author Elizabeth Strout, who often writes about how difficult life can be, concludes that love can save you. “This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with,” Strout says. I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for […]

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Love your neighbor. No exceptions!

My friend Patrick found this quote and sent it to me. “Love your neighbor who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. Love your neighbor. No exceptions!”

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There is still good in the world

“Reserve your thunder for abuses and outrages that are truly momentous,” advises Tom Krattenmaker in the June 26, 2018, issue of USA Today. Also, Krattenmaker suggests, “Remind yourself and others that there is still good in the world, even in Washington.” He remembers Katniss in the closing scene of the fourth and final “Hunger Games” […]

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Good-bye, Ginger

Our dog Ginger died. She had a tumor in her bladder in the worst spot possible. Our vet told us last summer that surgery was not an option. We took good care of Ginger. We took her outside frequently when she had to pee more and more frequently. My husband Jerry did most of the […]

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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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