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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re wishing you a day filled with love and laughter. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate with friends and family. To eat, drink and be merry. Be thankful! “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” Erma Bombeck once said. –Joy

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Grateful for everything

I’m grateful for my friends, my family, for all of my blessings. “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” Charlie Brown once said. –Joy

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I am thankful

What am I thankful for? I am thankful for many things—most of all, my family and my friends. I am thankful for people in my family who are friends and family, and I also am thankful for friends who have become important members of my family of friends! “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving […]

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We must be friends

“We are not enemies, but friends,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1861. “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

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What we talk about

What do you talk about? “The best things can’t be told because they transcend thought,” Joseph Campbell once said. “The second best are misunderstood, because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can’t be thought about. The third best are what we talk about.”

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The emotions of morons?

Fredrik Backman, the Swedish author of The Winners, says that he writes about emotions. “I’m interested only in emotions—the things that people feel that make them act like morons.” Backman spoke at an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas on October 3, 2022.

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Women are people, too

Someone asked Fredrik Backman, the Swedish author of The Winners, how he does such a good job creating women characters. “I write with the assumption that they’re people, too,” Backman told the audience at an Arts & Letters Live presentation on October 3, 2022. Later, he added, “I don’t understand women. I don’t understand humans. […]

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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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Friends are ribbons

I just made a new friend. I can’t think of anything better than making a new friend—except maybe a visit with an old friend. “Friends are the ribbons that wrap the gift of our everyday lives,” says Mary Anne Radmacher, author and artist. –Joy

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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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