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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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Good things in the world

“So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world,” Vincent van Gogh once said.

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Adventures and stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Then, you’ll have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I found that quote last weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. –Joy

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Three women in Central Park

Central Park has had 22 statues of men, but not one statue honoring the accomplishments of women. Soon, though, statues of three women will be added—Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. That’s good news.

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Books are the journey

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home,”  Anna Quindlen once said. This weekend, I’m going on a journey to the Texas State Book Festival, where I’ll hear Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, John Grisham and Malcolm Gladwell speak. Last year, 50,000 people […]

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We must act now

“How is it possible that the most intellectual creature ever to walk the earth is destroying its only home?” Jane Goodall asks. Goodall doesn’t try to answer that question. But, she finally concludes: “If we all get together, we can truly make a difference, but we must act now. The window of time is closing.” […]

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The dignity of the poor

“I had to get my camera to register the things about people that were more important than how poor they were—their pride, their strength, their spirit,” photographer Dorothea Lange once said. Lange’s photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, “humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.” I saw some of her photos recently in an exhibit […]

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Personal turmoil

Dorothea Lange was taking portraits of wealthy people when she decided to take photographs of the poor during the Great Depression. “I was driven by the fact that I was under personal turmoil to do something,” she once said. Lange’s photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, “humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.” I saw […]

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Bewildered

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept,” says Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies. “As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

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Small things matter

I found this quote in the text about a photograph at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The photograph showed a field of wildflowers. A “tiny nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful,” poet Mary Oliver once said. –Joy

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