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Great love

To me, the meaning of the season is peace—and love. Mother Teresa said: “Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love.” I’m going to make an effort to do small things with great love during this holiday season. –Joy

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Love is a good thing

Many years ago, John Steinbeck wrote a letter to his 14-year-old son, who had fallen in love, reported The Dallas Morning News on October 6, 2022. Now, that letter will be auctioned. It is a lovely letter because the famous writer took his son’s feelings seriously. Steinbeck wrote: “If you are in love—that is a […]

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So-called Christians

This is the letter to the editor that I submitted to The Dallas Morning News. It was printed on Wednesday, September 9, 2022, with only a few minor changes: The headline on an article on the front page of the September 2, 2022, issue of your newspaper declared: “Christians sue over HIV drugs.” I am […]

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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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The whole human family

“The Golden Way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one,” Gandhi once said. I found this quote in Lisa Congdon’s book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. –Joy

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One word frees us

A friend sent me a card with a quote from Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” –Joy

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Hope and love

With these words, Pete Seeger sang of hope and love. Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fineI would weave a magic spellOf rainbow design… In it, I would weave the courage Of women giving birth And in it I would weave the innocenceOf the children of all the earthChildren of all […]

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A home is a thing to be made

What is your home? Is it the house where you live? What if you move to a different house? Is your home the people you live with—the people you love? In the acknowledgements for her book Home Is Not a Country, Safia Elhillo thanks the global Sudanese community “for teaching me that a home is […]

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Love what is here

Kate Bowler, the writer, advise us to forget “what could have been.” “Blessed are you who are attempting to love what is here, what is now. You who recognize the wonder and pain looking at life’s rearview mirror, at those things that are gone.“

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The spirit of Christmas

I am going to try to keep the spirit of Christmas—which is love—as long as I can—into the days of the new year. Love and joy and peace. As. D.H. Lawrence once said, “The night was past and the morning was come….Joy and peace made a flapping of wings in each heart.” –Joy

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