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The tree of hope

Whenever you do something positive for the world, “you add a leaf to the tree of hope.” What a wonderful quote! It’s from Jane Goodall. I recently saw an exhibit about Goodall at the Perot Science Museum. –Joy

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We all must have justice

“Equal rights, fair play, justice—are all like air,” Maya Angelou once said. “We all have it, or none of us has it.”

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How long until we’re free?

And how many years can some people existBefore they’re allowed to be free?The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Those are words from Bob Dylan, of course, and they were written decades ago. I recently visited the new Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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One word frees us

A friend sent me a card with a quote from Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” –Joy

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We are not free

We all need to struggle for a world where we are all free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, gun violence, poverty, inequality, hatred and every single form of oppression, says Lisa Congdon in her book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. “We are not free until everyone is free,” Congdon concludes.

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Be tenacious

Don’t give up! “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves,” Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist, once said.

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We can go forward again

The world seems dreary. It is easy to feel despair. However, the author Margaret Atwood advises us to hang onto hope. Atwood likes to point out that the world has seen worse pandemics and worse political turmoil. “People wring their hands in despair when we have things happen that we consider going backward,” she says. […]

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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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Hope and love

With these words, Pete Seeger sang of hope and love. Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fineI would weave a magic spellOf rainbow design… In it, I would weave the courage Of women giving birth And in it I would weave the innocenceOf the children of all the earthChildren of all […]

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A walk in nature

I love my walks in my neighborhood in Dallas, but I love even more walks in New Mexico. And, I’m in New Mexico visiting my brother—and we are taking walks! As John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Or, she seeks, of course! –Joy

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