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  • To find meaning

    “It’s an absurd thing—life, we try to find meaning,” write Einar and Jamex de la Torre in the words that accompany their art exhibit at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa.

  • Helping one another

    When do we help someone else? When it’s easy? When it requires some sacrifice on our part? When it would be easier not to help? In Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These, the main character is confronted with a difficult decision.  Should he help if helping might carry negative consequences for him and his…

  • Courage

    In her book Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan calls for us to act with courage. “Was it possible to carry on along through all the years, the decades, through an entire life, without once being brave enough to go against what was there and yet call yourself a Christian, and face yourself in the…

  • Chance

    “It seemed both proper and at the same time deeply unfair that so much of life was left to chance,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Silence

    ”Many’s the man (or woman) lost much just because he (or she) missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Questions and answers

    I found this quote in a museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, and thought about it as I finished reading Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These. “A work of art does not answer questions. It provokes them, and its essential meaning is the tension between contradictory answers,” the musician Leonard Bernstein once said. –Joy

  • Christmas is over

    I am almost through undecorating the Christmas tree. A fun trip and a nasty virus put me behind schedule. However, even after the all of the Christmas decorations are stored away, I promise to remember what Scrooge said: “I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will…

  • Deep peace to you

    Deep peace, a soft white dove to you. Deep peace, a quiet rain to you. Deep peace, an ebbing wave to you! –Fiona Mcleod What we need during this holiday season is peace. Peace in our hearts, peace in our families, peace in our communities, peace around the world.

  • Peace on earth

    What we need during this holiday season is peace. Peace in our hearts, peace in our families, peace in our communities, peace around the world. These are words from a song written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller. “Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on…

  • A mystery

    “Look at someone not as a problem to be solved, but as a mystery to be solved,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply.