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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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Patience

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience,” Emerson once said. This is one of my favorite quotes. Why am I still in a hurry when I am a person who should have learned that there is no reason to hurry, a person who no longer has children to care for, a person who […]

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Patience rewarded!

We did it! After numerous phone calls and hours waiting on hold, two confirmed reservations that were canceled and hours registering at nine sites, we finally won the competition. My husband Jerry and I were vaccinated for the coronavirus this week. We weren’t vaccinated by Dallas County. Or, the City of Dallas. Or, Garland or […]

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Rich in patience

If Shakespeare is right, I am rich—rich in patience, at least. “How poor are they who have not patience!” Shakespeare once said. I thought that I had learned patience—after decades of marriage and two children. But, this pandemic is making me much more patient. –Joy

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Learning patience

My son Jay and his wife Rachel, who got married last year, are in the process of buying a new house. They called this afternoon to tell us that they were getting impatient waiting for their realtor to call. “Do you know what will teach you patience?” I asked them. “Marriage?” my son answered. I […]

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Patience

It’s a long story. First, I had three phone numbers that were supposed  to help us get appointments for COVID vaccinations. I spent more than an hour holding on the phone. No appointments. A friend called with a link to a new vaccination site in Plano. I gave her our information, and she made our […]

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