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Autumn bliss

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” Emily Bronte once said.

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Simple pleasures

Fall leaves, cooler weather and a cup of tea. Simple pleasures. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” I hope you enjoy some simple pleasures today. –Joy

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Owls play

Owls are playful, says ornithologist Rob Bierregaard. ”We have videos of owls in the nest pouncing on feathers and jumping in the nest. No apparent purpose to this. Just playfulness.” Scientists suspect that play depends on cognition, and species with bigger brains play more, says Jennifer Ackerman, author of What an Owl Know—The New Science […]

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Be silly

I found this wonderful quote in the gift shop at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. It was printed on a tote bag! “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. –Joy

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Good-bye summer

It’s almost autumn. I hope you have had a summer like the one Ray Bradbury describes in his book Dandelion Wine. A summer “where flowers were suns and fiery spots of sky strewn through the woodland. Birds flickered like skipping stones across the vast inverted pond of heaven.” I hope you’ve had a summer with […]

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To be loved

I just returned from attending my nephew Will’s engagement party in New Mexico. Attending the party reminded me of a quote from George Sand: “There is only one happiness in this life—to love and be loved.” –Joy

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Moments to remember

I am trying to remember what we did each day during our vacation in Bellingham, but the days are jumbled together in my mind. I remember sitting on a picnic table near the water while we ate pastries for breakfast, eating Polish crepes and pierogies at Magdalena’s in Fairhaven and watching a man fly 67—yes, […]

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Unanticipated souvenirs

We’re back from a wonderful trip to Bellingham, Washington. I am comforted by my memories as I recuperate from the COVID I brought home with me. I remember seeing a deer resting peacefully outside the window of our bedroom at our friends Mark and Eva’s house. I remember cracking crabs on a cruise and then […]

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Throw all the paint

We just returned from Bellingham, and now we’re planning another trip. Why not? As Danny Kaye once said, “Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can.” –Joy

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Are you unhappy?

Try to discover why you are unhappy, suggests Dr. Laurie Santos, a Yale professor. “Negative emotions are really good,” Dr. Santos stresses. “They’re useful signals that I think we ignore in the modern day. But we really ignore them at our peril.” I read about Dr. Santos and happiness in the January 16/January 23 issue […]

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