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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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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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