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One thing at a time

Sometimes I am overwhelmed. Sometimes I try to do too much. As Madeleine Albright, this country’s first female of state, once said, “Women can’t do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.”

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Be positive!?

Test negative. Be positive. I had my patience tested. I’m negative. I heard both of these lines during a Zoom meeting recently. Since then, I’m determined to be more positive—and more patient. –Joy

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Do your best

I am not perfect. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to say exactly the right thing every time. It’s okay if my house is not perfect, if I don’t look perfect, if I haven’t accomplished everything I want to accomplish. All I can do is do my […]

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Be positive

Sometimes, especially when confronted with a pandemic and politics, it’s easier to be negative. I’m trying harder to stay positive. As bella hooks once said, “Because we have learned to believe negativity is more realistic, it appears more real than any positive voice.” –Joy

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Hope and confidence

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” Hellen Keller once said. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” We watched a PBS special about Helen Keller last week—and learned that she was brilliant and she accomplished so much. But, she was not perfect. She was complicated. She was a most interesting person. –Joy

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The light

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light,” Theodore Roethke once said. It’s the end of June, and I look for bright flowers when I take my early morning walk. I always fill better—stronger—after my walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will […]

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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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Don’t whinge

I just learned a new word. The word is “whinge.” If you whinge, you complain about unimportant things all the time. I’m am going to try to avoid being a whinger! –Joy

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Be filled with light

My son Jay and his fiancée Rachel canceled their May wedding—and just got married on March 28. It seemed a wise decision then, and now we know it was a wise decision. We are happy for them, and we like Rachel, who sent me a poem by one of my favorite poets one day recently. […]

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The good in any situation

Someone asked Tim Lybarger, the founder of the Neighborhood Archive fan-appreciation website, what Mr. Rogers would think about the situation in our country today. “I think he would be saddened but hopeful,” Lybarger answered in an article in the November 17, 2019, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “Fred was magnificent at finding the good […]

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