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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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Holidays with family

Jerry and I spent Easter last year, Thanksgiving last year, Christmas last year and New Year’s Day this year without our children. Because of COVID, of course. This year, we have had two doses of vaccine, and we spent Easter with our daughter Mary Elizabeth and her husband Jesús. It was a splendid day. Mary […]

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Fire for the mind

I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for […]

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All shall be well

It’s December. I made fudge, and, since I won’t be seeing my children this holiday season, I am mailing them fudge. It is December—a season of hope and love and joy—even during a pandemic. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well,” Julian of Norwich once […]

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