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Hope is necessary

Jane Goodall says that hope is necessary for the survival of humanity. “If you don’t hope that your actions can make a difference, then you sink into apathy,” she stresses. Goodall is featured on the cover of the October 11/October 18 issue of Time magazine. Inside is an article about her new book The Book […]

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Four reasons for hope

Jane Goodall lists four reasons she has hope—“the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people and the indomitable human spirit.” Goodall is featured on the cover of the October 11/October 18 issue of Time magazine. Inside is an article about her new book The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide […]

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Don’t worry

My friend says that we should live for today—and not worry too much about tomorrow. Live in the moment. As Charles Schulz said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” –Joy

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Jane Goodall remains hopeful

Yes, we need to know all the gloom and doom about climate change, Jane Goodall said in a July 30, 2021, Time magazine article. “But traveling the world I see animal and plant species being rescued from the brink of extinction, people tackling what seemed impossible.” Those stories need to be told, too, Goodall says, […]

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Dreams

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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Hope and confidence

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence,” Helen Keller once said.

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Love is stronger

“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain,” the priest and writer Henri Nouwen once said. ”The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves […]

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Blessed are you

My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, shared this blessing in her church newsletter. Kerry found it on Kate Bowler’s podcast. Blessed are you, dear one, who have been told you are too big, too loud, too brown, too weird, too old, too much. You belong here. Blessed are you, you who navigate your workplace […]

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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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Go to bed

I feel most discouraged at night. When I share my anxiety with my husband Jerry, his refrain always is: “Go to bed.” And, I always feel better in the morning. As the writer Barbara Kingsolver says, “Hope is a renewable option. If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get […]

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