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Speak up

Don’t be quiet. Speak up. I’m going to let people know what I think. That’s my resolution #6. Amanda Gorman says, “Girls have spent so much of their lives being told to be seen and not heard.” –Joy

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We want more

When Nancy Pelosi joined the House in 1987, there were 12 Democratic women. “Now there are 90, and we want more,” Nancy said recently when resigned her leadership role. She, of course, was echoing Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Once when RBG was asked how many women were needed on the Supreme Court, she replied, “Nine.”

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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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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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Lincoln’s moral understanding

I am reading Jon Meacham’s new book about Abraham Lincoln—and Meacham stresses the story of Lincoln has messages for us today. I haven’t finished the book, but I knew I had to read it after I read an excerpt from the book in Time magazine. “Lincoln kept the American experiment in self-government alive when it […]

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Patriotism

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it,” Mark Twain once said.

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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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Be yourself!

I have lots of favorite quotes, but this is one of my most favorite. And, I heard it repeated recently while I was watching a video at my Monday night class. Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Joy

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