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A new spirit of patriotism

“So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other,” President Barack Obama once said.

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We are all Americans

Black and white, homeless people and people living in McMansions, Democrats and Republicans. We are all Americans. The poet Langston Hughes wrote: I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong. Tomorrow,I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody’ll dareSay to […]

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Expect a surprise

“Each day holds a surprise,” the priest and writer Henri Nouwen once said. “But, only if we expect it can we see, hear or feel it when it comes to us. “Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, of course! Happy Mother’s Day, too, to a number of women friends who, through the years, have nurtured me, helped me survive and thrive, listened and lectured, always been available when I needed them. Thank you! –Joy

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500,000 blooming blossoms

Jerry and I visited the Dallas Arboretum today for the first time since the pandemic began. And, spring has arrived at the arboretum—with 500,000 blooming blossoms. Yes, 500,000! It was glorious. I felt as if I had survived the pandemic—even though I wore my mask and was careful to stay at least six feet away […]

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Counting our blessings

Throughout the pandemic, my husband Jerry and I have counted our blessings. We have plenty of money to buy food, our children and their spouses are doing fine, and we communicate with friends with letters and text messages and on the phone, on FaceTime and on Zoom. We have been not been ill with COVID. […]

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A union with purpose

This country isn’t pristine and it isn’t perfect, Amanda Gorman said in her poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. We the successors of a country and a time When a skinny Black girl Descended from slaves and raised by a single mother Can dream of becoming president Only to find herself reciting for one And […]

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A new year of surprises

May your new year be filled with happy surprises. As Thoreau once said, “Each new year is a surprise to us.”

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Christmas trees

Our Christmas tree is decorated. We have a decoration that Jerry and I bought at a Christmas store in Michigan only one or two years after we married. And, Christmas balls that we bought the first year we were married. But, the best decorations are the ones that our children made throughout the years. This […]

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A child at Christmas

“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time,” Laura Ingalls Wilder once said.

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