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Irritated?

I’ll admit it. The person I am staying-in-place with sometimes irritates me. However, I smiled, when a friend reminded me: “The person irritating you may be the person you are irritating.” –Joy

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My trip to North Korea

How am I doing? I have been escaping the pandemic by traveling to North Korea. Really! My friend Jane gave me two books about people who escaped the horrors of North Korea—The Girl with Seven Names and A River in Darkness. No matter how long this virus crisis lasts, I won’t run out of books. […]

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Notice the beauty

Now is a good time to notice all of the beauty around you. The trees and flowers, the blue sky, the moon and stars at night. As the artist Nam June Paik once said, “Open your window and count the stars.”

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I will try again tomorrow

“One day at a time,” a friend told me yesterday. One stay-in-place day at a time, of course. I remembered a quote from Mary Ann Radmacher, the quote that I sent to my niece Emma when she was in the Peace Corps in Africa. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice […]

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It’s okay to do nothing

I am cleaning the drawers in my desk. The task makes me feel productive—which makes me feel better. I have to remind myself that it’s also okay to do nothing. My husband, Jerry, read an article in The New York Times by a psychologist or psychiatrist who emphasized that message: All of us are feeling […]

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Blessings like blossoms

I am trying to remember the message that resonates with spring and Easter. Hope. Let there be hope—and blessings like blossoms in springtime. –Joy

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Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall

Yesterday—April 3, 2020—was Jane Goodall’s 86th birthday. Happy Birthday to an amazing woman! Goodall still works tirelessly to protect chimpanzees and other animals—and our environment. This is one of my favorite Jane Goodall quotes. “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

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Remembering Tomie de Paola

My son Jay, who just got married, is 30, but I will always remember the day a long time ago when we met Tomie de Paola at a Dallas bookstore. Jay was impressed because he liked de Paola’s book The Art Lesson, which tells how the author received a box of 64 crayons for his […]

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Be kind

My husband Jerry reminds me that we are not quarantined. We just are practicing social distancing. We are not going anywhere or having contact with anyone until there is no danger from the coronavirus.. It’s the two of us and our dog Jack together in our house—for who knows how long. One day a week […]

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Waking dreamers

Edward Wilson, the biologist, explained why we sometimes feel stressed. “Humanity today,” Wilson said, “is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval […]

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