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Anger and other negative emotions

Presidents with great leadership skills learn to control their negative emotions, Doris Kearns Goodwin told an Arts & Letters Live audience in Dallas earlier this year. Kearns is the author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. For example, Abraham Lincoln wrote many angry letters—and then never mailed them. And, when Franklin Roosevelt was preparing for his […]

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Take a break

December is always a busy month. I’m going to follow the examples of these past presidents and pace myself. Presidents with good leadership skills learned “to manage themselves,” Doris Kearns Goodwin told an Arts & Letters Live audience in Dallas earlier this year. Her latest book is Leadership: In Turbulent Times. • Abraham Lincoln went […]

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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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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 fractured world

Through their art, they are “coming to terms with being a fractured person living in a fractured world,” explain artists Lucia Simek and Cassandra Bird. We are considering what we are doing to come to terms with this “fractured” world. We read about these two artists in the September 16, 2017, issue of The Dallas […]

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Nothing to do

I hurried to get ready for a trip to Maine. I had a long list of things to do before we left, including lunch with a friend and invitations to a birthday party. I got almost everything done and arrived at a cabin in the woods ready to sit by the lake, go hiking and […]

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Very rigorous challenges

In 1993, President Bill Clinton talked about the challenges our country faces. We are engaged, he said, in “a new race, the race to compete in a world that is getting smaller, more diverse, but very, very rigorous in its challenges.” I found that quote in a museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico. –Joy

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Bitter and sweet

I just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and now I’m reading A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly. Both books describe life as bitter and sweet. How true. –Joy

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Our best tonics

Mary Oliver looks with a poet’s eyes—and she looked with those same eyes even when she was writing essays for her book Upstream. For her, nature contains “our best tonics, if we would take them.” All we have to do is observe the world around us. “How wonderful that the universe is beautiful in so […]

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Blame it on Donald Trump

We try to avoid politics in our blog posts. So, this is all I am going to say. I was not happy when Donald Trump was inaugurated. I was so upset that I started eating chocolate and everything in sight—which was a bad thing to do since I hadn’t lost the five pounds that I […]

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