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Beauty and dignity

Qian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country, reports that her mother told her “that a woman could be beautiful without being pretty, but that a woman could not be beautiful without having dignity.”

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Hope for Texas?

Yikes! Sometimes when we read about what the Texas legislature is doing, we wonder if we should move to another state. However, the bluebonnets are blooming. Maybe there’s some hope for Texas!? It was Lady Bird Johnson who once said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” –Joy

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Happy Easter! Happy spring!

Not everyone celebrates Easter, of course. But, we all should celebrate spring. “Let there be hope and blessings like blossoms in springtime!” I am not sure where I found that quote, but I like it—a lot. –Joy

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Birthdays are okay

Miss Manners says it’s okay to grow older. In the January 31, 2023, issue of The Dallas Morning News, Miss Manners comments: “It is surely one of the silliest prejudices in modern society that growing older is considered so unfortunate a condition that it is supposed to be a compliment to pretend that it did […]

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They give me joy

I returned from a trip and then welcomed company who arrived just a couple of days later. Finally, this morning, I went for my morning walk again–following the path in my neighborhood that I have taken for more than 30 years. Even though I enjoyed my travels and my guest very much, it was delightful […]

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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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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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Autumn flowers and pumpkins

I had lunch at the Dallas Arboretum, where the autumn flowers, yellow and orange and purple, are blooming—and pumpkins are being stacked in piles. By September 17, the arboretum will display 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. I enjoyed my lunch and a leisurely walk with a friend, and I was reminded of a quote by […]

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Peace in New Mexico

Whenever I go to New Mexico—and that’s where I am now, I always feel more peaceful. I feel the peace of the crooked streets in Santa Fe, the peace of the blue sky, the peace of the Sandia mountains. –Joy

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Has spring finally arrived?

For the first time this year, I visited the Dallas Arboretum and wore a shirt with short sleeves! No jacket. It was 75 degrees. Perfect weather. I hope and pray that spring has finally arrived. And, there were big beds of yellow and purple flowers. Lots of flowers. “The flowers appear on the earth,” the […]

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