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Minor problems

It’s a family tradition. When the four of us visit Eureka Springs, we check into our cabin in the afternoon, visit a favorite restaurant—and then stop at the grocery store for supplies. Stopping at the grocery store always takes longer than expected. I pick out the mustard for sandwiches, but Jay puts it back and […]

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A choice

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health,” Voltaire once said.

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The noblest gift

Too much food, too many things on my to-do list, too many very special activities. This is the most delightful season. But sometimes it seems that there is too much delight all at once. Euripides reminds us: “Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.” And, I remind myself that I can pick and choose from the […]

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A wife like a dog

As a young woman, Pope Joan, a ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female to serve as pope, decided never to get married. One reason was the words she heard when a friend got married, explains Donna Woolfolk Cross in her historical novel Pope Joan. The priest […]

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Goodbye October

What a wonderful month I had. I visited my brother James and his wife Jeany in Los Lunas, New Mexico. I helped Jeany make salsa with tomatoes, green peppers and onions from her garden one sunny afternoon. And, I woke up at 4:30 one morning to join 40,000 other people at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. […]

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We all have needs

Once a month I volunteer at Night Lights, a Dallas program for children with special needs. The children and their siblings come for art, gym time and fun while their parents enjoy an free evening. Some of the children use wheel chairs or have other physical limitations, and some have mental or emotional limitations. Recently […]

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What’s driving you?

Most of us are familiar with the inner critics we talked about in our last blog post—the perfectionist critic, the do-it-all driver, the fake and fraud critic who tells us we’re not good enough, the pleaser critic who keeps telling us what we need to do so that everyone will like us and the comparer […]

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