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On to Thanksgiving

The elections are over—or almost over–and I’m ready to move on to happy times. Let’s begin the holidays. At least, there are a few things we can agree on. As Nora Ephron once said, “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we can agree so vehemently about?” –Joy

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The truth

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” Gloria Steinem once said.

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We must be friends

“We are not enemies, but friends,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1861. “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

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Lincoln’s moral understanding

I am reading Jon Meacham’s new book about Abraham Lincoln—and Meacham stresses the story of Lincoln has messages for us today. I haven’t finished the book, but I knew I had to read it after I read an excerpt from the book in Time magazine. “Lincoln kept the American experiment in self-government alive when it […]

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What we talk about

What do you talk about? “The best things can’t be told because they transcend thought,” Joseph Campbell once said. “The second best are misunderstood, because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can’t be thought about. The third best are what we talk about.”

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Patriotism

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it,” Mark Twain once said.

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Ghastly goblins

Here’s my message for this year’s Halloween. “Be sure to vote to keep the ghastly goblins out of government!” –Joy

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Vote for hope

I saw a sign at a church in Tulsa. It said something like this—although my version has more words, I think. “Your vote is a sign you still have hope.” –Joy

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Everyone else

In my last two posts, I shared two quotes about being yourself. This has always been my favorite quote about being yourself. It’s from Oscar Wilde. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” –Joy

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Keep being yourself

In my last post, I mentioned the Emerson quote about being yourself. This is another quote that I like—a lot. “You change the world by being yourself,” Yoko Ono once said. –Joy

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