22 November 2022

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Cheerfulness is a wise choice

Cheerfulness is a wise choice


“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.” —Montaigne I’m neither a card-carrying member of the Greatest Generation nor a Baby Boom...
09 November 2022

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Little acts make big difference

Little acts make big difference


Loren Eiseley was one of the great environmentalists and anthropologists of last century. He named one of his favorite stories, written the last year ...
03 November 2022

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Tiny drops can make big splash

Tiny drops can make big splash


She is one of the saints in my life. I’ll call her Caroline. Having survived hard-scrabble beginnings in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, in her last ...
26 October 2022

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Finding the flow of words

Finding the flow of words


“Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible w...
19 October 2022

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Getting through life’s traffic jams

Getting through life’s traffic jams


“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about people by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree light...
13 October 2022

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Relating to the dying

Relating to the dying


Time Magazine, at the end of last millennium, declared her to be one of the 100 most important thinkers of the 20th century. All she did was revolutio...
05 October 2022

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Remember to live in the moment

Remember to live in the moment


“The Bird of Time has but a little way To fly — and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.” —Omar Khayyam Ted Rosenthal heard the news that he had l...
28 September 2022

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Road less traveled may be needed route

Road less traveled may be needed route


Steve Jobs, who became the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple Computer, enrolled in college right out of high school. Finding Reed Coll...
21 September 2022

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Showing grace under pressure

Showing grace under pressure


The Yankees and Dodgers may meet in the 2022 World Series. When I was in elementary school, the Dodgers were located not in Los Angeles, but in Brookl...
14 September 2022

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Giving flowers to the living

Giving flowers to the living


Some will no doubt consider this idea morbid, depressing, narcissistic, weird, unprecedented, heretical or worse. We did it, and I’m so glad. I hope...