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The Blue Spring

Hunter-gathers lived under the bluffs near the Blue Spring 10,000 years ago. Many years later, in 1839, Cherokees stopped at the Blue Spring on their trip from Georgia to Oklahoma. Today we call their journey the Trail of Tears. Recently, I visited the Blue Spring, the largest spring in northwest Arkansas. It produces 38 million […]

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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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A little chilly

It was 100 degrees in Dallas the day before we flew to Maine. I smiled as I packed my L.L. Bean long underwear and flannel pajamas, and I wore both to keep warm at night in the bed in our unheated cabin on a lake. And, every morning when I crawled out from under my […]

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Peace and joy

“As we grow older, we define happiness less in terms of excitement and more in terms of peacefulness,” Sheryl Sandberg says. Sandberg and Adam Grant quote Reverend Veronica Goines in their book Option B—Facing Adversity, Building Resilence and Finding Joy. “Peace is joy at rest,” Reverend Goines says.

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The forces of nature

Near her art in an exhibit in Santa Fe, I read these words from Jill Rosean Tishman. “I see myself as a rather insignificant being surrounded by the forces of nature. I never paint as my eyes see, but rather what I feel as I view nature: the sun moving through a redwood forest becomes […]

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The sky and the mountains

Whenever I go to New Mexico, I feel a little more relaxed, much more peaceful. I think my feelings have something to do with the immense sky, the lovely mountains, the stark beauty of the landscapes. But, I need to remind myself that I can feel that same peace when I notice the sky and […]

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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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The holiest of holidays

We celebrate Christmas with presents, friends and family, with song and story. We also celebrate in our memories, in silence, in our hearts. “The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart—the secret anniversaries of the heart,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said. I found this quote in a magazine in the […]

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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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The best presents

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” –Dr. Seuss We wish you the best presents of Christmas—friends and family around you—and joy and hope and love inside you.

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