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Pay attention

I have always liked these words from poet Mary Oliver. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. –Joy

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The dreams of a grandmother

Big Nancy—the mother of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi—wanted to go to law school. In fact, when three of her children were in school and she had only two at home, she enrolled in law school. However, when several of her sons developed whooping cough—a dangerous disease at the time, her dream ended. Nancy […]

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Pay attention

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” philosopher Simone Weil once said.

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Why we speak

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought,” neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said.

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A flood of kisses

Rebekah Taussig, writing in the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, says that she has a tradition of giving her partner Micah and her son Otto a flood of kisses every morning when they leave the house. “I hope we are teaching Otto to be brave and also kind,” she writes, “to take good […]

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Remember all people

“Remember you are all people and all people are you,” writes poet laureate Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. “Remember you are this universe and this universe is you. “Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.”

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“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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It’s called love

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

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Blessed are you

My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, shared this blessing in her church newsletter. Kerry found it on Kate Bowler’s podcast. Blessed are you, dear one, who have been told you are too big, too loud, too brown, too weird, too old, too much. You belong here. Blessed are you, you who navigate your workplace […]

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