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Speak up–in a loud voice

As I said in my last blog post, one of my resolutions for 2023 is to speak up. I was reminded of that resolution recently when I read a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Joy

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Be positive

Yes, I had COVID. But, I didn’t go to the hospital. I don’t have long COVID. I am much better. I am going to count my blessings and have a positive attitude during 2023. That’s my Resolution #5. –Joy

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Keep fighting

I just renewed my membership to Planned Parenthood. This was the first sentence in the letter asking me to renew. “No one—not politicians nor the Supreme Court justices—will stop us from fighting for our right to control our bodies and futures.” Keep fighting for women’s rights, for a just world for everyone! That’s my Resolution […]

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Keep laughing

My husband Jerry and I both have COVID. Yikes! This is not the best way to start the new year, but we are getting better and we are taking care of each other. And, we’re still smiling—and laughing. Laugh a lot. That’s my Resolution #3. As Victor Hugo says, “Laughter is sunshine. It chases winter […]

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Get organized

During 2023, I am going to get organized. This is my Resolution #2. Not completely organized, of course. That goal is unattainable. Better organized. I love Jane Smiley’s response when she was asked how she organizes her books. “Only by kicking them out of the way so I won’t trip over them,” she answered. –Joy

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Christmas is over

The Christmas tree is still decorated—although our live Christmas tree is getting a bit dry and droopy. Our nutcracker still stands proudly on the table in the entry hall, and our collection of snow globes—some musical and some not—still adorn the coffee table in the living room. However, Christmas is over, and it’s time to […]

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Share your love

Here’s a good holiday message! It came on a card from one of our Jewish friends. Help a stranger Praise a child Light a candle Share your love Sing for joy Lend a hand Pray for peace Understand! –Joy

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Leftover peace, love and hope

We went to church, unwrapped the presents and ate too much. Now we have a few leftovers in the kitchen—some pecan pie, cranberry dressing and fudge. And, we still have lots of Christmas cheer. We hope our Christmas peace, love and hope lingers throughout the new year. We wish you, too, a new year filled […]

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Pleasant and peaceful

Merry Christmas! May you experience many pleasant and peaceful moments today and tomorrow.

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Still and quiet

I am trying to find moments when I can be still—and quiet—during this holiday season. As poet Terrance Hayes says, we need to take time to experience. It’s “not what you see, but what you perceive…not the noise, but its rhythm.” –Joy

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