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Who needs power? “I do not wish women to have power over men but power over themselves,” Mary Wollstonecraft once said.

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Lincoln’s moral understanding

I am reading Jon Meacham’s new book about Abraham Lincoln—and Meacham stresses the story of Lincoln has messages for us today. I haven’t finished the book, but I knew I had to read it after I read an excerpt from the book in Time magazine. “Lincoln kept the American experiment in self-government alive when it […]

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it,” Mark Twain once said.

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Ghastly goblins

Here’s my message for this year’s Halloween. “Be sure to vote to keep the ghastly goblins out of government!” –Joy

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Vote for hope

I saw a sign at a church in Tulsa. It said something like this—although my version has more words, I think. “Your vote is a sign you still have hope.” –Joy

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We’re traveling!

We have three trips planned in October. They aren’t trips to Europe or adventures on a cruise, but we are escaping Dallas—which we haven’t done very often since the pandemic began. During October, we will be in Eureka Springs in a cabin with our children and their spouses—in Georgetown, near Austin, visiting with friends—and in […]

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A second spring

We have been in a cabin on a hill in Eureka Springs. We have searched for fall leaves—and we have found a few orange and red and yellow leaves. However, the leaves are just beginning to turn. No matter, we are delighted when we see one or two. They are beautiful. As Camus once said, […]

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Start over again

Everyone is supposed to make resolutions in January. My friend Fayteen and I used to promote spring as the best season to make new goals. Maybe autumn would be best!? As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall!” –Joy

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Happy autumn!

Yesterday, I found a leaf in my neighbor’s yard. She is gone for a few days; so, I stole it. It’s the first leaf of autumn I’ve found. It is mostly brown, but part of it is a rich orange. The first leaf of autumn! And, there will be many more. I was reminded of […]

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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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