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Drink and be whole

Poetry helps me when I feel stressed or anxious. Recently—I can’t remember where or when—I heard someone quoting Robert Frost. “Here are your waters and your watering place. Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.” I like the message. What makes me feel less stressed and less anxious? A poem. A walk. A phone conversation […]

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Peace and hope

Let there be peace and hope and joy at Easter-time.

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Take a break

My husband Jerry read me another article about how long this virus crisis may last and how our lives may be changed forever. “Stop,” I told him. “I don’t want to hear it.” I will stay informed, but I am going to take a break now and then from all of the depressing news. –Joy

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Take a walk

I am continuing my early morning walks—without stops to talk to my neighbors, the ones I see every morning because they are regular walkers, too. Of course, we can yell to each other from across the street. While I can’t go out to eat with a friend or even go to the bookstore, it’s is […]

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Peace and uncertainty

My husband Jerry and I are now self-quarantined in our home with food for several weeks and plenty of books to read and closets to clean. Still, I keep feeling anxious about all of the uncertainty. And, what about my son Jay’s May wedding? And, why am I worrying about a wedding when some people […]

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Waking dreamers

Edward Wilson, the biologist, explained why we sometimes feel stressed. “Humanity today,” Wilson said, “is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval […]

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Go easy, and be filled with light

The poet Mary Oliver speaks to me when I feel stressed. Here are lines from her poem “When I Am Among the Trees.” Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say, “and you, too, have come […]

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Make friends a priority

Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Exraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, says that writing her book made her “prioritize” her friends more. “The message is not that I want people to think of friendship as another chore,” she explains. “I am hoping that people feel this is giving them permission to […]

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The shelter of a friend

I talked to three friends on the phone last night–Lynn, my best friend in high school. Barbara, another friend since high school. And, Marjorie, who worked with me more than 30 years ago, before my daughter was born. After our conversations, I felt better! I was reminded of a quote from Emily Dickinson, “I felt […]

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Every moment

It seems as if I keep running into Mr. Rogers wherever I go. Recently I found him and more lovely quotes in an article by Jeanne Marie Lakas in The New York Times Magazine. “I would love to be present in every moment I have,” Mr. Rogers once said. –Joy

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