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Roy’s Sunday Letter for May 26, 2024

** In his 500-page print book “UNDO IT,” Dean Ornish, MD, summarizes his Lifestyle Medicine Plan this way: 1) A whole foods, plant-based diet 2) Moderate exercise including flexibility, walking, & strengthening 3) Stress management including meditation, Tai Chi, pauses, and 4) Social connections and support, and healthy relationships. Ornish believes Lifestyle Medicine is less…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for May 19, 2024

Last week the most responses and comments resulted from the concept of Pocket Forests. I learned that many of us do have Pockets of joy…maybe in the garden, a nature walks and lunches with family and friends. Maybe the next time I reach into my pocket for my keys, I will remember to include a…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for May 12, 2024

** White bison calves are rare, 1 in 10 million. Two white bison calves were recently birthed, one in Kansas and one in Texas. Lakota and other native tribes see the white bison as a sign of better times to come, of hope for improved relationships with Mother Earth for all of us, and the…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for May 5, 2024

** The Jerusalem Youth Chorus was formed in 2012, with youth from East and West Jerusalem. Youth of Jewish, Muslem and Christain, representing both Palestine and Israel all together in one choir. The mission and purpose of the chorus is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding through music. An additional benefit is the entertaining and…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for April 28,2024

** Monday was Earth Day; HBO gave us the documentary “Trees and Other Entanglements” (1hr. 22 minutes). This film shows our sad, poor treatment of trees as a product, and today’s partnership respecting and valuing trees. Trees play an essential role in cooling and protecting our climate. The HBO documentary teaches, encourages me to take…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for April 21, 2024

**A SL reader recommended the Homeless Soccer World Cup, and the Cup inspired Netflix film “The Beautiful Game,” with British actor Bill Nighy is England’s team coach. The Homeless World Cup was first held in Graz, Austria in 2003. The 2024 Cup will be in Seoul, South Korea with 68 member countries. Soccer is played…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for April 14, 2024

** Millions in the US, and around the world, viewed Monday’s Eclipse either through approved eye wear, television or other safe ways. The anticipation of the sun’s eclipse grew from cities gatherings from to the south the to north. Children, families, and seniors rose, shouted, were silent and as the four minutes of darkness passed…

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Roy’s Subday Letter for April, 7, 2024

** This week my thoughts were on those around me who seem to primarily see events and interactions with others as a transaction. I also know people who primarily see events and interactions as relational. The results can be positive by accepting the strengths of both or perhaps, help us understand when events and interactions…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for March 31,2024

** Today is Easter Sunday, as one writer said, “Three Days That Changed the World.” This week has been tragic: A school bus was hit by a concrete mixer causing a rollover with death and multiple injuries; Russians who came for an evening of music murdered; a cargo ship destroying a city’s lifeline and deaths…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for March 24, 2024

** A character in current Fiction read says, “I want to restore order and bring about harmony.” Our current elected “leaders” are loud and proud about restoring order at the Texas border. The grab for power and order results in disharmony, separation and division. If an elected official proclaimed harmony as their message what might…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for January 7, 2024

** 80 years ago, a white racist mob destroyed the Ft. Worth family home of Opel Lee. Her parents worked hard and long to purchase their first home on Annie Street. The angry “neighbors” threw out their furnishings, burning their home to the ground, with police nearby. Opel Lee, now 97, is the “Grandmother of…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for December 31, 2023

A troubled but determined 2023 has moved aside for the fresh eyes, heart, and blank pages of 2024. What projects, tasks, and responsibilities of 2023 have you decided to continue into 2024? Are there projects, tasks, and responsibilities you have decided, for whatever reasons, you will leave behind, not continue? At a time today, or…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for December 24, 2023

** This is a Christmas Eve morning, Sunday Letter. Perhaps you, your family and friends have attended a concert, an earlier worship service, or an evening of food and catch-up with those who flew or drove to be with you, or you with them. The weeks of Christmas ask us to pay attention, be kind…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for December 17, 2023

This mid-month Sunday Letter is intended to Encourage and provide Support for all readers as we turn the pages of 2023 to the fresh challenges and possibilities of 2024. ** It is my hope you will begin 2024 with renewed energy and belief in all that is possible for you. We do this best when…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for December 10, 2023

** We now purchase environmentally friendly clothes washing 3 X 5 sheets,160 per box. Our friends, Debbie and Charles got us on this path. Amazing how a tiny sheet can really clean your clothes. I now regret seeing the long shelves of clothes detergent in plastic tubs, each to soon be in your landfill for…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for December 3, 2023

This Sunday Letter is about Encouragement and Support to those young and those not so much so, those who know loneliness, those surrounded by family, those connected and not, and lastly, to readers who find comfort in the Sunday Letter. My life, our lives are a mix, a blend of the old and the new….

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for November 26, 2023

** Beth has served two years as the part-time Volunteer Coordinator for Project 4031, a nonprofit providing care and support for hospice patients and their families. She has helped to develop the volunteer program, helped trained volunteers, and work with Nicole and Kristina to begin this important part of the Mission of this wonderful agency….

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for November 19, 2023

This Sunday Letter is to Encourage, to Support each of us to engage, connect, and find the right social context to live open, fulfilling lives with partners, family, and friends both near and far. As a culture and broader society, we are strengthened by a sense of the Sacred in our lives. The Sacred may…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for November 12, 2023

** Thank you for your good comments on the Sunday Letter for the Holiday Season. Concerns were shared for younger children facing the US and international violence/war and then the marketing messages of Happy Thanksgiving & Holidays. The same is true for elders wondering is the world they knew is still safe. Maintain your seasonal…

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Roy’s Sunday Letter for November 5, 2023

This is my first Encouragement Sunday Letter. I am writing about the November – December holiday season. I choose preparing for the events, foods, shopping, and gatherings of the holiday season because this has been annual struggle for me. What I know about pressured or stressful events is to stay ahead of decisions, calendars, and…

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