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Listen

Elizabeth Strout, one of my favorite authors, reports that she never took a literature course and she never took a psychology course. Instead, she listens to people. “I have listened and listened and listened my whole life,” Strout says. “If you listen carefully enough, people will tell you exactly the kind of person they are.” […]

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Making connections?!

I am always intrigued by how I “connect” with some people immediately while I take weeks or months to connect with other people—and I never connect with some people. As Michelle Huneven says in her book Search, “I didn’t hate her. I didn’t dislike her. We simply didn’t connect.” –Joy

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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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No simple solutions?

Of course, there are no simple solutions. But, are our problems too complex to solve? Here’s what Madeleine Albright once said: “I have spent a lifetime looking for remedies to all manner of life’s problems — personal, social, political, global. I am deeply suspicious of those who offer simple solutions and statements of absolute certainty […]

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A snail day

I’ve written Christmas cards, mailed packages and invited friends to my house for a birthday lunch. Today I am moving at a slower pace, and I am reminded of lines from a children’s book—Tiger Days by M.H. Clark. On snail days, I go slowly In everything I do. And, I might take a Little while, […]

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Don’t worry

My friend says that we should live for today—and not worry too much about tomorrow. Live in the moment. As Charles Schulz said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” –Joy

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The fury of patience

My next-door neighbor Jane and I have agreed. When we get so fed up with this pandemic that we feel like screaming, we will meet in the alley behind our houses and scream. As the poet John Dryden once said, “Beware the fury of a patient man.” Or woman! –Joy

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Patience!

I am tired of the pandemic. I am tired of Texas’ new voting laws and abortion laws. I am tired of hearing about all of the problems facing this world. I want change. Immediately! That’s how I feel, and that’s why a card from a friend was timely. The card quoted Emerson, who said, “Adopt […]

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Be patient

We’ve been waiting for my husband Jerry to feel better. Now for his surgery. And, of course, for this pandemic to end. We wait sometimes with patience. Sometimes without much patience. Patience is required. As Ghandi once said, “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” –Joy

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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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