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A book for Mother’s Day

I just remembered a delightful children’s book called The Mother’s Day Mice. It’s a story by Eve Bunting about three mice children who decide to look for a present for their mother. One suggests a rock. Another suggests a daisy. “They’re nice, but not special enough for this special day,” says Little Mouse. Finally, Biggest […]

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Inherently good

“People at birth are inherently good,” says Chloe Zaho, the filmmaker. I am reminded of my friend who teaches courses in child development. Once, when we were talking about a politician who had done somethings we thought were reprehensible, she said, “I wonder about his childhood.” –Joy

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Forgiveness

“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else,” says author Jodi Picoult. “It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’”

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A blackberry cobbler

My father grew up on a farm in West Texas, and he was always a farmer. Wherever we lived, he had a garden, and my brothers and I spent many summers preparing tomatoes to be canned and green beans to be frozen for the winter. We even pulled weeds. I did not inherit the gene […]

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One good thing

The flowers are blooming at the Dallas Arboretum with one bed full of glorious yellow and purple. “That is one good thing about the world. There are always sure to be more springs,” Anne of Avonlea once said.

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It’s called love

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love,” Winnie the Pooh said.

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How is the world?

When I recently heard Joan Chittister, the nun and author, talk about power in a video presentation, she quoted Ramana Maharshi, the Hindu sage. “As you are, so is the world,” he said. –Joy

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Empower someone

I recently heard Joan Chittister, the nun and author, talk about power in a video presentation. She talked about exploitative power, competitive power and manipulative power. But, she urged her audience to use their power to empower other people. Empowering other people, she stressed, is the best use of power. –Joy

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An empty woman

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. An empty woman is full of herself. Or, as author Edward Abbey once said, “An empty man is full of himself”—as was first quoted by the Chicago Tribune.

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Talk to your enemies

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies,” Desmon Tutu once said—and was quoted first by the HuffingtonPost.com.

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