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Peace of the parrot and the chickens

I am returning to Dallas from a visit with my brother James and his wife Jeany. They live on nine acres in Los Lunas, a small town outside Albuquerque. However, their home and the acres that surround it seem worlds away from Dallas. We gather eggs from the chickens and cook them for breakfast. We […]

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Peace in New Mexico

Whenever I go to New Mexico—and that’s where I am now, I always feel more peaceful. I feel the peace of the crooked streets in Santa Fe, the peace of the blue sky, the peace of the Sandia mountains. –Joy

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The tree of hope

Whenever you do something positive for the world, “you add a leaf to the tree of hope.” What a wonderful quote! It’s from Jane Goodall. I recently saw an exhibit about Goodall at the Perot Science Museum. –Joy

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My brain dried up?

It’s summer in Dallas. It’s hot. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit lethargic and my brain is a bit foggy. At least, my brain hasn’t dried up completely?! Cervantes writes about Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” –Joy

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My favorite day

It is true. No matter what happens, I must enjoy today. Today is a good day—today—and every day. “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. –Joy

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What makes me, me

Sometimes I still want to be like everyone else!? I need to remember this good advice from Piglet: “The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.” –Joy

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Friends help

My son Jay has COVID. I think he will be okay, but I am so tired of this pandemic—and I am a bit worried. Recently, I have complained to a couple of very good friends. Friends help! As Eeyore once said, “After all, one can’t complain. I have friends.” Friends are great—especially friends who will […]

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Give someone a hug

As Winnie the Pooh once said, “A hug is always the right size.”

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We all must have justice

“Equal rights, fair play, justice—are all like air,” Maya Angelou once said. “We all have it, or none of us has it.”

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Creating yourself

I found this Bob Dylan quote in The Week—and someone on The Week staff found it in The Minneapolis Star! ”Life isn’t about finding yourself, or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself and creating things.” –Joy

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