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The light

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light,” Theodore Roethke once said. It’s the end of June, and I look for bright flowers when I take my early morning walk. I always fill better—stronger—after my walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will […]

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Sunshine and flowers

Now when I go for my morning walk, I look for the flowers blooming red, yellow and purple in my neighbors’ yards. The flowers remind me of a couple of sentences from Hans Christian Anderson. “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” –Joy

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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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One good thing

The flowers are blooming at the Dallas Arboretum with one bed full of glorious yellow and purple. “That is one good thing about the world. There are always sure to be more springs,” Anne of Avonlea once said.

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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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Wonderful, not perfect

I went to the arboretum for lunch. The park was a bit crowded. We had to wait in line to order our food.  It took us a few minutes to find a quiet, isolated place to eat. However, the blooming flowers and cherry trees were beautiful. It was a sunny day. And, it was marvelous […]

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500,000 blooming blossoms

Jerry and I visited the Dallas Arboretum today for the first time since the pandemic began. And, spring has arrived at the arboretum—with 500,000 blooming blossoms. Yes, 500,000! It was glorious. I felt as if I had survived the pandemic—even though I wore my mask and was careful to stay at least six feet away […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the leprechauns be near you To spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels Smile upon you St. Patrick’s Day!

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Counting our blessings

Throughout the pandemic, my husband Jerry and I have counted our blessings. We have plenty of money to buy food, our children and their spouses are doing fine, and we communicate with friends with letters and text messages and on the phone, on FaceTime and on Zoom. We have been not been ill with COVID. […]

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Wisdom from the Buddha

In her book Holy Envy—Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor takes her Religion 101 class to visit a Buddhist monastery. They listen to a Buddhist monk, dressed in an orange robe, lecture about “cultivating happiness.” “Have we ever  noticed, he asks, how quickly our unhappiness with not being in a relationship […]

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