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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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Take the first step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the full staircase,” Martin Luther King Junior once said.

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Critical thinking?

Sarah Bessey reminded me that critical thinking doesn’t always have to be critical. Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist. –Joy

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Everyone knows something

Jim, who has managed a bookstore in Old Town in Albuquerque for 43 years, told me: “Remember everyone knows something that you don’t know.” –Joy

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The strength of our land

Near her art in an exhibit in Santa Fe, I read these words from AnaMaria Samaniego. “It is important to understand the strength of our land. To recognize its gifts, to cherish its beauty and to feel its soul.” Samaniego’s “Entre Por La Cocina” was part of a temporary exhibit of work from the New [...]

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Are you changing?

I’ve been thinking about birthdays because I have several good friends who have March and April birthdays, including my friend Sandra, who is celebrating her 91st birthday. In a book I bought for Sandra—90 and Proud of It, I found this quote from Doris Lessing: “The great secret that all old people share is that [...]

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Think with patience

Mary Oliver, in her book Upstream, says that she has learned from the great ones—writers like Shelley and Wordsworth and Emerson. She has learned, she explains, “to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always caringly.”

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Dignity and decency

Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about dignity and decency—that how hard you work matters more than how much you make—that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”

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When I have pains

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one,” Maya Angelou once said. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some more of Maya’s wisdom in our next blog post. –Joy

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The cure for boredom

My daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and I were standing in line at the Southwest counter in Seattle when I noticed this quote on a woman’s tote bag. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is not a cure for curiosity.” I checked online, and the quote can be attributed to Dorothy Parker or Ellen Parr. –Joy

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