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A flood of kisses

Rebekah Taussig, writing in the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, says that she has a tradition of giving her partner Micah and her son Otto a flood of kisses every morning when they leave the house. “I hope we are teaching Otto to be brave and also kind,” she writes, “to take good […]

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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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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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It’s called love

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love,” Winnie the Pooh said.

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Inspired by plants

Now, on my morning walks, I am beginning to see flowers in bloom. They are a most welcome sight after the brutal freezing weather that plagued us for a week last month. “I am always inspired by plants and their capacity to remind us that growth is possible,” says Raquel Willis, writer and activist, “to […]

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Look for the light

“For there is always light,” writes poet Amanda Gorman. “If we’re brave enough to see it If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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Open your soul

Our country needs more compassion–and more hope. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts,” President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address. “If we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes, as my mom would say, just for […]

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Love, not hate

Martin Luther King’s words are worth repeating this week. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that,” King once said.

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When love is the way

The world needs a lot less pandemic and a lot more love. “When love is the way, poverty would become history,” says Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry.  “When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study […]

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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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