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A better literary infrastructure?

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate […]

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Kindness

“Anger requires no effort. Kindness is tough to show.” My book club just read Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Book of Longings, and this is one of my favorite quotes from the book. –Joy

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Pay attention

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” philosopher Simone Weil once said.

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Kindness and more kindness

“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Mr. Rogers once said. “The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”

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Be kind

“Life is short,” Henri Frederic Amiel once said. “And we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O’be swift to love. Make haste to be kind.”

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Russian roulette, anyone?

Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White, the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, reminded us that our health is “not a spectator sport,” in an interview in the May 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “So, when people are out without their masks on, interacting closely with another, it’s a little […]

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Irritated?

I’ll admit it. The person I am staying-in-place with sometimes irritates me. However, I smiled, when a friend reminded me: “The person irritating you may be the person you are irritating.” –Joy

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Kindness

A friend calls to see how I am doing. A stranger gives me a warm smile when I take my afternoon walk. My husband shares a joke he has just read while we fix dinner together. These acts of kindness lift my spirit, and I am reminded of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.” Before you […]

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Be kind

My husband Jerry reminds me that we are not quarantined. We just are practicing social distancing. We are not going anywhere or having contact with anyone until there is no danger from the coronavirus.. It’s the two of us and our dog Jack together in our house—for who knows how long. One day a week […]

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Small kindnesses

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built on a thousand small kindnesses….swapped back and forth and over again,” Obama wrote […]

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