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Thanksgiving is over

I’m stuffed with turkey and mashed potatoes and pecan pie. My son Jay and his wife Rachel are heading back to their home in Tulsa. Thanksgiving is over! It’s time to prepare for Christmas. I am going to try to prepare—intentionally—for a season of peace. May you feel the peace of Christmas during the weeks […]

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On to Thanksgiving

The elections are over—or almost over–and I’m ready to move on to happy times. Let’s begin the holidays. At least, there are a few things we can agree on. As Nora Ephron once said, “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we can agree so vehemently about?” –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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My Texas peach

It’s summer in Texas, and we’re all complaining about the weather. However, this morning I ate yogurt with a delicious Texas peach. It was a splendid meal! I agree with Arlene Francis, “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.” –Joy

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Wonderful, not perfect

“I want this Christmas to be perfect,” I told my husband this morning. Last year, Jerry and I spent Christmas with just the two of us. This year, our two children with be home—and each will bring a spouse for the first time. “It won’t be perfect,” Jerry told me, laughing. “But, it will be […]

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Thanks and giving

My friend Lynn sent me a note with a quote I really like. It’s appropriate for Thanksgiving—and for the entire holiday season. “May your heart be filled with both—thanks and giving!” –Joy

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Be merry and mellow!

This is one of my favorite autumn poems. I think I have posted it before! Sing apples and peaches and pears! Singe orange and scarlet and yellow! Sing green turned to glory To tell us the story That autumn is merry and mellow! –Elizabeth Rooney

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A new spirit of patriotism

“So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other,” President Barack Obama once said.

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We are all Americans

Black and white, homeless people and people living in McMansions, Democrats and Republicans. We are all Americans. The poet Langston Hughes wrote: I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong. Tomorrow,I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody’ll dareSay to […]

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Expect a surprise

“Each day holds a surprise,” the priest and writer Henri Nouwen once said. “But, only if we expect it can we see, hear or feel it when it comes to us. “Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new […]

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