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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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When to be kind

“Be kind whenever possible,” says the Dalai Lama. “It is always possible.” When I was in Washington state recently, I discovered wise words in a number of places—a large independent bookstore, a small antique shop and even in the airport. I found this quote at Village Books in Bellingham. –Joy

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Small things

When I read about Mother Teresa being named a saint, I remembered one of my favorite quotes. “Not all of us can do great things. Bu we can do small things with great love,” Mother Teresa said. She also said: * Peace begins with a smile.” * “If you judge people, you have no time […]

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The meaning of life

“Love is our true destiny,” said Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic. “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.”

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The beginning of love

Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic, once said, “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. “Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

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Love peace

“Instead of loving what you think is peace, love other (people) and love God above all,” said Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and mystic. “And, instead of hating the people you think are war makers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, […]

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Something that needs love

“Perhaps, everything terrible is in its deepest being something that needs our love,” Rainer Maria Rike once said. I found this quote recently at Barnes & Nobles in a book called Quotes That Will Change Your Life by Russ Kick. –Joy

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What kindness creates

I just received a beautiful card from my friend Ranna, and it has a Lao Tse quote that I want to share. “Kindness in words creates confidence,” Lao Tse once said. “Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” –Joy

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