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Gratitude at this dark time

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, wrote in the April 24 issue of the magazine about the people he encountered on a bike ride. One woman jogger smiled at me, a stranger, with such genuine warmth I was startled. “Hi,” she called out as I rolled by, in recognition of our shared predicament: escaped prisoners […]

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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The many wonders of life

I don’t always feel thankful when my alarm sounds, but I usually feel thankful by the time I begin my morning walk. In her book Grateful, Diana Butler Bass quotes Thich Nhat Hanh. Waking up this morning, I see blue sky. I join my hands in thanks for the many wonders of life— For having […]

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The wine of the soul

I am reading Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful again—this time with my Sunday School class. And, I am feeling grateful for many things, but especially for my book club, which has been meeting for 33 years. We met this week and made a list of 12 good books to read. Diana Butler Bass repeats a […]

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Remember the stars

It’s December! Don’t get so busy that you forget to be thankful for the simple things. “Open the window and count the stars,” Nam June Paik once said.

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An awareness and a feeling

May you feel grateful today—so grateful that you feel grateful in your ribs! I am going to remember to stop rushing around, stop being busy with my holiday activities for a few minutes. I am going to remember to be aware that I am grateful. “Gratitude is both a feeling and an awareness,” wrote Marcus […]

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Getting ready to be thankful

We have been working extra hard to get ready for Thanksgiving this year. We have been doing our best to make our house look presentable because our son Jay is bringing home his good friend Rachel for the holiday. We even bought a new garbage can because our old garbage no longer opened automatically when […]

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A morning walk

It can be chilly in the morning now when I go for my morning walk—but I’m prepared. If needed, I put on two pairs of gloves and two pairs of socks. Long underwear underneath my walking pants. And lots of layers under my coat. If it’s really cold, I wear a short-sleeve t-shirt, a long-sleeve […]

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Too many books!

I attended the Texas Book Festival in Austin last month. More than 300 authors attended the festival. I haven’t heard a count of how many people listened to the authors, but last year 50,000 people were there. I heard John Grisham, Malcolm Gladwell and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak—and a few more authors, too. […]

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Thank you!

I am about to have a birthday. This year I feel thankful. Thankful for friends and family. And for my dog, Jack. For summer trip and summer books. For morning walks and juicy peaches. Shakespeare said, “I can no other answer make, but thanks and thanks and ever thanks.” –Joy

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