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Be filled with light

My son Jay and his fiancée Rachel canceled their May wedding—and just got married on March 28. It seemed a wise decision then, and now we know it was a wise decision. We are happy for them, and we like Rachel, who sent me a poem by one of my favorite poets one day recently. […]

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The good in any situation

Someone asked Tim Lybarger, the founder of the Neighborhood Archive fan-appreciation website, what Mr. Rogers would think about the situation in our country today. “I think he would be saddened but hopeful,” Lybarger answered in an article in the November 17, 2019, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “Fred was magnificent at finding the good […]

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The surprises of the day

I went to the Dallas Arboretum two days in a row last week—once with my friend Susie and again with my husband Jerry and our son Jay, who was home for Father’s Day. And, surprise! When I saw flowers the second day that I hadn’t noticed the first day, I remembered a line written by […]

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I could still be amazed

In his book The Frozen Leopard, Aaron Latham explains that it was a “rainy season” in his soul. Seeking a cure for his depression, Latham goes to Africa. There he watches a giraffe and writes, “I felt giddy and elated. Most of all, I was amazed to relearn an old lesson that I had all […]

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What lies around the bend

My mother was always optimistic. But, my father was not always as optimistic Sometimes, like my father, I slip toward the dark side and see the glass as half-empty and cover myself with depression. And, then, sometimes, I can talk to myself and convince myself that it is so much more pleasant to follow my […]

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A perfect day

“Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” I found that quote in a restaurant in Los Alamos, New Mexico. –Joy

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The sun shines in us

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives things that are happening when you read the newspaper every morning, listen to the news on NPR during the day and commiserate with family and friends at dinner. But, always, there are good things happening—even in the worst of times. I am trying to dwell on those things, […]

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Simple or complex?

“Everything is simpler than you think, and, at the same time, more complex than you imagine,” Goethe once said. My favorite Goethe quote is: “Whatever you can do or believe you can, begin it.” However, Goethe has a number of other quotes I really like—and some people contend that my favorite Goethe quote didn’t really […]

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Remember the promise

Michael Ryan writes a reminder of the promise of spring in his poem “Spring(Again)”. The birds were louder this morning, Raucous, oblivious, tweeting their teensy bird-brains out. It scared me, until I remembered it’s spring. How do they know it? A stupid question. Thank you, birdies. I had forgotten how promise feels. Ryan’s poem was […]

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Good luck

Lucky people recognize chances, and they maximize them, says Dr. Richard Wiseman, professor of public understanding of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and author of The Luck Factor. Unlucky people tend to be more anxious, which reduces the ability to notice the unexpected. Lucky people, Wiseman says, “see what is […]

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