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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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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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Merry books for Christmas

Happy December! I am buying presents—online, of course. Lots of books for presents. I love to give people books for Christmas—even people who aren’t big readers. Maybe they will read the book I give them!? “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times,” E. B. White once said.

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Thankful for friends

This year, especially, I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my friends who call me on the phone, friends who send me text messages and my friend who shows up in my front yard for an in-person chat. As William James once said, “It is your friends who make your world.” –Joy

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People who are difficult

“I don’t enjoy normal, high functioning people,” Frederik Backman, the author of a new book called Anxious People, said recently during an Arts & Letters Live virtual presentation. “When I meet other people who are normal and happy and content, I don’t like them. I like people who are difficult, who march to the beat […]

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The language of the unheard

“In the final analysis,” Martin Luther King once said, “a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear?”

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A friend calls to see how I am doing. A stranger gives me a warm smile when I take my afternoon walk. My husband shares a joke he has just read while we fix dinner together. These acts of kindness lift my spirit, and I am reminded of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.” Before you […]

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Call a friend

Fayteen, her daughter Ranna and I had lunch last week, and we agreed to have lunch again—soon, we hope—as soon as the dangers from the coronavirus have disappeared. We promised to keep in touch with text messages, email messages and phone calls. This is a good time to talk to friends on the phone. I […]

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Food and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier place,” J.R.R. Tolkien once said.

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