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In honor of Juneteenth, I offer one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes. Hold fast to dreams  For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. –Joy

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Children in-person

Letters and cards are great. Phone calls are better. FaceTime and Zoom visits are wonderful. However, on Mother’s Day last year, I was miles from both of my children. This year, I spent Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, with Jay and Rachel in Tulsa. Then, I got up early on Mother’s Day and drove […]

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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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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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May your hope have feathers

May there be hope perching in your soul! May your hope have feathers so that it can be your companion during the next year. As Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”

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After Christmas

Christmas is over. I am wearing a new sweater, and, despite all the chocolate and pie and mashed potatoes I ate, I can still squeeze into my jeans. And, despite the pandemic, there was love and hope and peace on Christmas day. May that love and hope and peace linger with all of us into […]

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Christmas hope and joy

Last night, my husband Jerry and I watched an online production of “A Christmas Carol” created by the Dallas Theater Center. If there wasn’t a pandemic, we would have been watching a live performance with singing and dancing and a stage full of actors and actresses—and we would have been watching with our children. Going […]

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Christmas is a state of mind

Here is a quote I have always liked. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” I always thought the words came from Charles Dickens, but I just checked. Those words came […]

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Christmas trees

Our Christmas tree is decorated. We have a decoration that Jerry and I bought at a Christmas store in Michigan only one or two years after we married. And, Christmas balls that we bought the first year we were married. But, the best decorations are the ones that our children made throughout the years. This […]

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Christmas flowers

We have a vase of red and white flowers on the kitchen table, and a lovely poinsettia in the entry hall. Flowers are lovely any time of the year, especially at Christmas and especially poinsettias. “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful. They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul,” Luther Burbank […]

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