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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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Weeds are flowers too?!

I have some friends who have political opinions I don’t agree with, friends who can be a bit disagreeable, sometimes a bit cranky or unkind. They aren’t perfect. And, they may not be wonderful. However, once I got to know them and understand their circumstances, I realized that they are interesting, complicated people. They are […]

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My Texas peach

It’s summer in Texas, and we’re all complaining about the weather. However, this morning I ate yogurt with a delicious Texas peach. It was a splendid meal! I agree with Arlene Francis, “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.” –Joy

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One word frees us

A friend sent me a card with a quote from Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” –Joy

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The situation now

Nearly 60 percent of women in this country—about 40 million—live in states that are “hostile to abortion rights,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the situation now, reports Ms. Magazine in its winter 2022 issue. If the Supreme Court abandons Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

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Get angry

Our anger is positive—if it leads to action. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” the activist and author Gloria Steinem once said. –Joy

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Be tenacious

Don’t give up! “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves,” Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist, once said.

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We can go forward again

The world seems dreary. It is easy to feel despair. However, the author Margaret Atwood advises us to hang onto hope. Atwood likes to point out that the world has seen worse pandemics and worse political turmoil. “People wring their hands in despair when we have things happen that we consider going backward,” she says. […]

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Behave yourself?!

I behave myself most of the time. However, I appreciate these words from author Margaret Atwood. “If you don’t think of yourself as an august person, you don’t have to behave yourself,” Atwood says. I found this quote in the March 11, 2022, issue of The Week. –Joy

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Hope and love

With these words, Pete Seeger sang of hope and love. Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fineI would weave a magic spellOf rainbow design… In it, I would weave the courage Of women giving birth And in it I would weave the innocenceOf the children of all the earthChildren of all […]

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