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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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Finding meaning

In the forward to his new book, Bruce Feiler quotes Thomas Merton: “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.” I recently heard Feiler talk in Dallas about his book The First Love Story—Adam, Eve and Us. –Joy

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Adam and Eve?

The story of Adam and Eve is about love—about connections, Bruce Feiler stressed when he talked recently in Dallas about his new book The First Love Story—Adam, Eve, and Us. “God doesn’t want us to be alone,” Feiler said. This story is also about resilience, he added. “Adam and Eve leave Eden together, and they […]

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An Irish blessing

I’m Irish; so, I’m sending you an old Irish blessing for St. Patrick’s Day. May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. –Joy

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Think with patience

Mary Oliver, in her book Upstream, says that she has learned from the great ones—writers like Shelley and Wordsworth and Emerson. She has learned, she explains, “to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always caringly.”

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Like a child

“There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child,” Erma Bombeck once said. We wish you childlike wonder this holiday season—and love and joy and hope in your heart.

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It’s a feeling

“Christmas isn’t a season,” Edna Ferber once said. “It’s a feeling.” During this Christmas season, we wish you joy and hope and love.

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Chaos and love

“Our family—the perfect blend of chaos and love.” After Thanksgiving, our house seemed too quiet when Mary Elizabeth left for Denton and Jay left for Tulsa. Yes, our family has plenty of love and sometimes an ample amount of chaos, too. Sometimes I am not sure if ours is the perfect blend! I found the […]

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