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Peace of the parrot and the chickens

I am returning to Dallas from a visit with my brother James and his wife Jeany. They live on nine acres in Los Lunas, a small town outside Albuquerque. However, their home and the acres that surround it seem worlds away from Dallas. We gather eggs from the chickens and cook them for breakfast. We […]

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My brain dried up?

It’s summer in Dallas. It’s hot. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit lethargic and my brain is a bit foggy. At least, my brain hasn’t dried up completely?! Cervantes writes about Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” –Joy

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My favorite day

It is true. No matter what happens, I must enjoy today. Today is a good day—today—and every day. “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. –Joy

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Friends help

My son Jay has COVID. I think he will be okay, but I am so tired of this pandemic—and I am a bit worried. Recently, I have complained to a couple of very good friends. Friends help! As Eeyore once said, “After all, one can’t complain. I have friends.” Friends are great—especially friends who will […]

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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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How long until we see?

Yes, and how many times can a man turn his headAnd pretend that he just doesn’t see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Those are words from Bob Dylan, of course, and they were written decades ago. I recently visited the new Bob Dylan Center in […]

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How long until we’re free?

And how many years can some people existBefore they’re allowed to be free?The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Those are words from Bob Dylan, of course, and they were written decades ago. I recently visited the new Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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Work to be done

“Juneteenth is freedom, but we are not free until all of us are free. There’s still work to be done,” says Opal Lee. I found this quote in the June 19, 2022 issue of The Dallas Morning News. Opal Lee is a retired teacher and counselor. She also was an activist in the movement to […]

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Fragile?

The artist Frida Kahlo is credited with this quote: “Not fragile like a flower Fragile like a bomb” I recently saw a Frida Kahlo exhibit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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Educate all of the girls

Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya in 1940—when girls were not supposed to be educated. Fortunately, her father decided to send her to boarding school when she was 11. Four years later, she started high school. It was a big deal for a girl in Kenya, and the local shoemaker made Wangari her first pair […]

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