Category: friends

  • Silence

    ”Many’s the man (or woman) lost much just because he (or she) missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Small things and love

    Reading Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These reminded me of a quote from Mother Teresa—one of my favorite quotes. “ Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love.” –Joy

  • The value of a friend

    As Cervantes writes in Don Quixote, “He (or she) who loses wealth, loses much. He (or she) who loses a friend, loses more.” I visited the Cervantes Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, recently and was inspired to read Don Quixote again. –Joy

  • Knowing yourself

    “We can never fully know another person, and we can never fully know ourselves,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply. –Joy

  • Lingering friendships

    Long conversations. Long visits. Long friendships. “We want our friends to be lingerable,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply. –Joy

  • A mystery

    “Look at someone not as a problem to be solved, but as a mystery to be solved,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply.

  • A true friend

    Who is a true friend? A very good friend—a true friend—sent me a card with this wonderful quote. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though she/he knows that you are slightly cracked,” Bernard Meltzer once said. –Joy

  • Great friends

    My friend Eva gave me a big sticker while we were visiting her and her husband Hal in Bellingham. It says: “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” I am going to edit those words. I prefer: “Life is best when you experience great adventures with great friends!” –Joy

  • Good company

    I am watched the movie Persuasion—based on the book by Jane Austen, of course. The movie was delightful, and I am going to read the book again. Jane Austen writes: “My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”…

  • Keep swimming–and keep singing

    My friend whose husband has brain cancer visited me. What can we do when something bad happens? Sometimes you can take action to find a solution, but sometimes there is no solution. These words are from a poem from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends…