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Silence and hope

I have been thinking about the wisdom of Fred Rogers ever since I saw the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” On his Christmas cards, Mr. Rogers used to wish his friends “moments of silence and hope,” writes Amy Hollingsworth in her book The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers. That’s a very good wish for […]

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All the way to Africa

I paid $23.25 to mail a book—Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke—to my niece Emma, who is spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. It arrived 5-1/2 weeks later. Happy reading, Emma! It’s a long way to Africa. Thanks to WhatsApp, however, I’ve seen photos of Emma chopping wood for a “traditional food day” […]

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Softening my life

After our dog Ginger died, my brother James and his wife Jeany sent us a card with these words: “Dogs love us unconditionally, softening our lives with sweetness and affection.” I love those words “softening our lives.” It’s easier to feel calm when you’re sitting next to a dog. It’s lovely when your dog runs […]

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A dangerous world

At the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I found this quote: “The world is too dangerous to live in—not because of people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen.” –Albert Einstein –Joy

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Working for peace

After Franklin Roosevelt, president during World War II, died, his wife Eleanor was appointed special delegate to the United Nations. “It isn’t enough to talk peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe it. One must work at it,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. Roosevelt is one of the First Ladies featured in […]

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Happy Easter!

Happy spring! Happy Easter! “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said.

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Perfectly imperfect

I often want everything to be perfect. That’s why I was delighted to find this quote in House Beautiful magazine. “The world needs more celebration of what it is to be perfectly imperfect,” says Christina Tosi, a James Beard award-winning pastry chef in Manhattan. –Joy

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Violence against women

Women still face a number of challenges today, emphasized Judy Norsigian, an author and editor of all nine editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves, in a recent presentation at Southern Methodist University. Norsigian listed three challenges: • The increasing sexualization of women and girls • Violence against women, including the trafficking of women • Threats to […]

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The myth of redemptive violence

In his book The Powers That Be, Walter Wink writes that the myth of redemptive violence “is the story of the victory of order over chaos by means of violence. “It is the ideology of conquest, the original religion of the status quo. The gods favor those who conquer. Conversely, whoever conquers must have the […]

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The weakness of violence

In his book The Powers That Be, Walter Wink argues for nonviolence. Wink quotes Martin Luther King: “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing that it seeks to destroy.” And, he quotes Friedrich Nietzche: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he […]

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