Category: friends

  • Who is happy?

    “Whoever is happy will make others happy, too,” Anne Frank once said. We recently discussed a book about Anne Frank at a Girl Scout summer book club meeting. –Joy

  • 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…

  • The comfort of friendship

    Powerful winds toppled trees in our neighborhood this week, and we lost power. We were in the dark for 26 hours, but our lights came on at 7:30 one morning—just as we were leaving to have breakfast with our neighbor across the street—and she still cooked us breakfast even though our power had returned! As…

  • My dog likes me

    “I let the dog out or I let him in, and we talk some,” Kurt Vonnegut once said. “I let him know I like him, and he lets me know he likes me.”

  • Good friends

    My dog Jack is a very good friend—and so are my books! “Books may well be the only true magic,” Alice Hoffman once said. –Joy

  • To make sense of the world

    “The interconnectedness of the seemingly unrelated is how we make sense of the world,” write Einar and Jamex de la Torre in the words that accompany their art exhibit at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa.

  • Friends–normal and abnormal

    I have friends who are normal. Friends who are abnormal. Friends who are interesting. Friends who are weird. Friends who are complex. Friends are like flowers—and like weeds, too. “And, weeds are flowers, too,” Winnie-the Pooh once said. “Once you get to know them.” –Joy

  • The comfort of friendship

    I have been concerned about something recently, but I’ve found that it helps to confide in a friend. As Winnie-the-Pooh once said, “Friendship is a comforting thing to have.” –Joy

  • Grand moments

    It was warm today. Finally! And, I talked to a neighbor who was a standing in her yard. It was a pleasant moment. Maybe not a grand moment, but a good one. I was reminded of another quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “We ask for a long life, but it is deep life or grand…

  • Helping one another

    When do we help someone else? When it’s easy? When it requires some sacrifice on our part? When it would be easier not to help? In Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These, the main character is confronted with a difficult decision.  Should he help if helping might carry negative consequences for him and his…