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The power of small

Michelle Obama says it helps to focus on what you can control when you feel out of control. The things she could control during the pandemic and times of racial unrest and threats to democracy were her spools of yarn and knitting needles. She labels such thinking “power of small” in her new book The […]

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Who needs power? “I do not wish women to have power over men but power over themselves,” Mary Wollstonecraft once said.

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The truth

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” Gloria Steinem once said.

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We must be friends

“We are not enemies, but friends,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1861. “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

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Everyone else

In my last two posts, I shared two quotes about being yourself. This has always been my favorite quote about being yourself. It’s from Oscar Wilde. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” –Joy

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Keep being yourself

In my last post, I mentioned the Emerson quote about being yourself. This is another quote that I like—a lot. “You change the world by being yourself,” Yoko Ono once said. –Joy

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Presence is power

Pay attention! I know it’s important, but often I find my mind wandering when I’m talking to a friend or with a group of people. Michelle Huneven in her book Search has a good reminder. ”The most powerful person in any room is the one most fully present. Presence is the source of power,” Huneven […]

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Work to be done

On Juneteenth, Opal Lee, the woman who campaigned to make June 19 a national holiday, said: “Juneteenth is freedom, but we are not free until all of us are free. There’s still work to be done.”

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Major battles for women’s rights

“One thing is certain,” the Ms. Foundation declared in a mailing. “Whether we’re dealing with the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court stacked with Trump-appointed justices—or overcoming the final barriers to enshrining the Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution, we simply must be prepared for what is nothing less than major battles […]

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I have a new t-shirt. On the front are these words: “Pro-choice–The radical notion that women are people and can make their own decision about their body. See also: My body. My choice.” –Joy

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