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Jane Austen writes: “How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!” Jane Austen is a wise woman.  I am going to read Persuasion again. –Joy

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Wise and reasonable

Jane Austin writes: “She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.” I am going to be wise and reasonable—and read Persuasion again! –Joy

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Truth and wisdom

“No one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom,” says Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. “We make progress by listening to each other.”

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Sometimes, when you talk about people, it’s gossip. Sometimes, it’s not gossip, says author Elizabeth Strout. “I have never found anything in this world as interesting as people. I like to talk about them. I like to write about them.” I heard Elizabeth Strout speak at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of […]

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Wisdom from the queen

Queen Elizabeth once talked about leadership. “I know of no single formula for success. But, over the years, I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together,” she said.

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The answers?

Dana wanted answers. Her friend  and minister Sparlo reminded her: “There are no answers, only the eternal questions.” “Damn, one more time, nobody’s offering any certainty,” Dana thought. “Not that I would have believed it if (someone) had.” This quote is from a delightful book by Michelle Huneven. It’s called Search, and it’s about a […]

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Fake news?

‘”Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once said. The author Jonathan Swift was born in 1667. Amazing! Fake news has been around for a long time.

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Nature’s blessings

A fresh new bloom, a singing bird— All nature’s blessings, seen and heard! –Samantha Meyers

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Look at yourself

Lucy learns new things about herself in Elizabeth Strout’s book Oh, William!. In an NPR interview, Strout comments: “You always think the other person’s not behaving the way you want them to, but, then you look at yourself and you realize: Well, maybe I’m not behaving the way they want me to, either.”

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Who is the best you?

Douglas Abrams and Jane Goodall have a new book—The Book of Hope. In the book Abrams, who is Jewish, remembers a famous Jewish story—a very interesting story for all of us who are still trying to figure out who we are and who we used to be and who we want to be tomorrow. Rabbi […]

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