Category: change

  • A cure for physical distress

    Walking can strain the body, Kerri Andrews admits in her book Wanderers. However, Andrews writes about Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt’s cure for her physical distress. ”All that was necessary to allow her to move again with ease was a good night’s sleep and fine Scottish whiskey, with which she ‘rubbed my ankle and knee…which did it…

  • The comfort of friends

    I’m feeling anxious. We’re getting ready to move everything out of our house—including the two of us and our dog Jack. Yikes! It’s necessary because our house needs extensive foundation repairs—and we’ve decided to go ahead and do major remodeling, too. The project will take six or seven months. Because of my anxiety, my counselor…

  • No secrets

    In the book Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano, William is hospitalized after he tries to commit suicide. His psychiatrist tells him that his mantra must be: “No bullshit. No secrets.” That’s good advice for all of us.

  • More buried wisdom

    I am sorting through more papers—and more papers. Getting ready for a major house renovation. More papers! And, I have found more words of wisdom. I have always liked this poem by Mary Oliver—especially the last two lines. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?” –Joy

  • Are we active or passive?

    Does what we do make a difference? In his book Trust, Hernan Diaz writes, “Most of us prefer to believe we are active subjects of our victories, but only passive objects of our defeats. We triumph, but it is not really we who fail. We are ruined by forces beyond our control.”

  • What is the solution?

    H.L. Mencken once said, “For every complex problem, there’s a solution that is simple, neat and wrong.”

  • We want to forget

    Dallas is erecting a sculpture to honor men and at least one woman lynched in the city between 1853 and 1920. A poem by Tim Seibles is punched into the sculpture’s steel wall. It begins: “These are the things nightmares are made of—ropes, knivers, a torn black face, burning flesh, white mobs, their picnics and…

  • A woman lynched

    Finally, in March 2024, Dallas is dedicating a sculpture to honor men lynched in the city between 1853 and 1920. Men and one woman. Jane Elkins, an enslaved woman, was hanged in 1853 after her conviction for killing her white owner as he attempted to rape her.

  • Opal Lee’s new home

    Opal Lee, the grandmother of Juneteenth, was a young girl when white supremacists burned down her family’s home in Fort Worth. Now, in 2024, 85 years later, Lee, 97, will have a new home on the same piece of land where her family’s home once stood. Texas Capital Bank, Trinity Habitat for Humanity and HistoryMaker…

  • Fresh air and sunshine

    I went to the Dallas Arboretum yesterday on a sunny day and saw many of the 500,00 spring blossoms on display. “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat,” Laura Ingalis Wilder once said. I like fresh air and sunshine and agree that they’re hard to beat—but, for sure, colorful tulips…