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Happy autumn!

Yesterday, I found a leaf in my neighbor’s yard. She is gone for a few days; so, I stole it. It’s the first leaf of autumn I’ve found. It is mostly brown, but part of it is a rich orange. The first leaf of autumn! And, there will be many more. I was reminded of […]

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Autumn flowers and pumpkins

I had lunch at the Dallas Arboretum, where the autumn flowers, yellow and orange and purple, are blooming—and pumpkins are being stacked in piles. By September 17, the arboretum will display 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. I enjoyed my lunch and a leisurely walk with a friend, and I was reminded of a quote by […]

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My favorite day

It is true. No matter what happens, I must enjoy today. Today is a good day—today—and every day. “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. –Joy

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A joyful heart

These are words from a Bob Dylan song. “May your heart be always joyful. May your song always be sung. May you stay forever young.” I recently visited the new Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa. –Joy

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My Texas peach

It’s summer in Texas, and we’re all complaining about the weather. However, this morning I ate yogurt with a delicious Texas peach. It was a splendid meal! I agree with Arlene Francis, “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.” –Joy

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Purple people?

I am helping with a Girl Scout summer book club—and being around a bunch of eager, smiling girls makes me feel a bit happier. Recently, we read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. According to these authors, we all need to be more purple, and they define […]

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Has spring finally arrived?

For the first time this year, I visited the Dallas Arboretum and wore a shirt with short sleeves! No jacket. It was 75 degrees. Perfect weather. I hope and pray that spring has finally arrived. And, there were big beds of yellow and purple flowers. Lots of flowers. “The flowers appear on the earth,” the […]

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Nature’s blessings

A fresh new bloom, a singing bird— All nature’s blessings, seen and heard! –Samantha Meyers

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Keep fighting–and have fun

Keep on fighting even if you don’t win. That’s advice from Molly Ivins. “The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win,”  Ivins once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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Irish blessings to you!

I had my DNA tested recently—and discovered that I’m mostly Irish/English, with a little Scandinavian and a bit of Neanderthal. So, I am wishing you lots of Irish blessings. May your path bloom with shamrocks and your heart ring with song! –Joy

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