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Work to be done

On Juneteenth, Opal Lee, the woman who campaigned to make June 19 a national holiday, said: “Juneteenth is freedom, but we are not free until all of us are free. There’s still work to be done.”

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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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Tolerate fools gladly?!

Be kind.  Be kinder. That’s always a good resolution. And, here’s a timely resolution that I received on a Happy New Year 2022 postcard. “New Year’s resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided they get the jab.” The postcard, of course, is a kindly reminder that we all need to get vaccinated and boosted. –Joy

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Speak up

One New Year’s resolution that I’ve made is to speak up—with a quiet, but forceful voice—and to speak up more often. As Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advises, “They’ll tell you that you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission.” –Joy

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New Year’s Resolutions!?

I haven’t written my New Year’s resolutions on paper yet, but there’s still time. I’m thinking about what to resolve to do during 2022. I’ll write down my resolutions as soon as all the Christmas decorations are stored safely and securely in the storage closet. As Elizabeth Warren once said, “Change is hard, and, if […]

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Peace in your heart

This is a quote written by “unknown.” Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

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Peace in a world of uncertainty

This is the wonder of the season, author Kate Bowler writes. “We were living lives turned inward, and the God shows up and invites us into something more. Peace in a world of uncertainty. Joy that breaks forth. Love that prepares the way. And hope that waits.”

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The spirit of Christmas

I am going to try to keep the spirit of Christmas—which is love—as long as I can—into the days of the new year. Love and joy and peace. As. D.H. Lawrence once said, “The night was past and the morning was come….Joy and peace made a flapping of wings in each heart.” –Joy

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I am going to remember to take a few minutes to be still and quiet—and to remember that Christmas is all about love. –Joy

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Food and families

We have been cooking—my sister-in-law Barbie’s toffee, my husband’s father’s fudge, my grandmother Margaret Jackson’s soft raisin cookies. Christmas is a time for families—those who will be with us during the holiday and those who live still in our hearts. –Joy

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