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My Texas peach

It’s summer in Texas, and we’re all complaining about the weather. However, this morning I ate yogurt with a delicious Texas peach. It was a splendid meal! I agree with Arlene Francis, “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.” –Joy

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Purple people?

I am helping with a Girl Scout summer book club—and being around a bunch of eager, smiling girls makes me feel a bit happier. Recently, we read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. According to these authors, we all need to be more purple, and they define […]

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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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Nature’s blessings

A fresh new bloom, a singing bird— All nature’s blessings, seen and heard! –Samantha Meyers

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Keep fighting–and have fun

Keep on fighting even if you don’t win. That’s advice from Molly Ivins. “The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win,”  Ivins once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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Irish blessings to you!

I had my DNA tested recently—and discovered that I’m mostly Irish/English, with a little Scandinavian and a bit of Neanderthal. So, I am wishing you lots of Irish blessings. May your path bloom with shamrocks and your heart ring with song! –Joy

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What if?

What if you had made a different choice? What if you had taken a different path? What if? In a review of the book Home is Not a Country, Nayantara Dutta writes that the book “felt most memorable because of how it explored this tension between our fascination with the what-ifs, and how they distract […]

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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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Be a rainbow

We all have had too many cloudy days recently. I have always loved this quote from Maya Angelou, and I am going to take Maya’s advice and be a rainbow today. “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” Maya Angelou once said. –Joy

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A Rabbit Day

I am getting excited about Christmas. I think it’s a Rabbit Day—as described by M.H. Clark in the book Tiger Days. On Rabbit Days, I’m wide awake I run and skip and jump. And, when I start to hop and hop, It feels like I might never stop. –Joy

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