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Gossip!?

Sometimes, when you talk about people, it’s gossip. Sometimes, it’s not gossip, says author Elizabeth Strout. “I have never found anything in this world as interesting as people. I like to talk about them. I like to write about them.” I heard Elizabeth Strout speak at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of […]

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Wisdom from the queen

Queen Elizabeth once talked about leadership. “I know of no single formula for success. But, over the years, I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together,” she said.

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The answers?

Dana wanted answers. Her friend  and minister Sparlo reminded her: “There are no answers, only the eternal questions.” “Damn, one more time, nobody’s offering any certainty,” Dana thought. “Not that I would have believed it if (someone) had.” This quote is from a delightful book by Michelle Huneven. It’s called Search, and it’s about a […]

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Fake news?

‘”Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once said. The author Jonathan Swift was born in 1667. Amazing! Fake news has been around for a long time.

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Nature’s blessings

A fresh new bloom, a singing bird— All nature’s blessings, seen and heard! –Samantha Meyers

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Look at yourself

Lucy learns new things about herself in Elizabeth Strout’s book Oh, William!. In an NPR interview, Strout comments: “You always think the other person’s not behaving the way you want them to, but, then you look at yourself and you realize: Well, maybe I’m not behaving the way they want me to, either.”

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Who is the best you?

Douglas Abrams and Jane Goodall have a new book—The Book of Hope. In the book Abrams, who is Jewish, remembers a famous Jewish story—a very interesting story for all of us who are still trying to figure out who we are and who we used to be and who we want to be tomorrow. Rabbi […]

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Only the truth

President Biden visited Tulsa recently on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot. “Some injustices are so heinous, so horrific, so grievous, they cannot be buried, no matter how hard people try,” he said. “Only with truth can come healing….We can’t just choose what we want to know…. I come here to help fill […]

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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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Love and wisdom and compassion

In 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy told the nation: “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness.” What we need, Kennedy said, is “love and wisdom […]

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