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Orange juice for the ear

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears,” the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said. “It is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.”

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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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“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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How is the world?

When I recently heard Joan Chittister, the nun and author, talk about power in a video presentation, she quoted Ramana Maharshi, the Hindu sage. “As you are, so is the world,” he said. –Joy

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Music is the sound of heaven

“The truth is that music is not a melody; it is a place in time,” says Joan Chittister, a Roman Catholic nun and author. “It is somewhere to go where no one else, no noise, no interruptions can intrude….It takes our noisy, crowded lives and quiets us in the orbit of the sublime.   Music is the […]

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Perfect and neurotic

After reading an interview with Anne Lamott in the March 7, 2021, issue of The Dallas Morning News, I suddenly realized that I have spent a great deal of time being either perfect or neurotic—or, probably, more accurately, being neurotic while trying to be perfect. “At some point, you realize that we all have dual […]

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Don’t be afraid

I received my first dose of the COVID vaccine last week, but now I am worrying about getting the second dose. “I feel anxious,” I told my husband Jerry. “Don’t be afraid,” Michelle Obama advises. “Be focused. Be determined. Be empowered” Okay. I’ll drink some tea. I’ll take a walk. I’ll think about the peace […]

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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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Little things bring peace

Christmas lights in my yard, Christmas cards almost ready to be mailed, a Christmas tree ready to be decorated. Christmas is many small things that bring joy, and also many big things—like hope and love—and all of them bring peace. “Little things seem like nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers that individually […]

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Deep peace of hope and love

Peace of the running waves to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the shades of night to you. Moon and stars always giving light to you. Deep peace of hope and love to […]

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