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Who’s to blame?

Cecile Richards places blame for Texas’ new restrictive abortions law on the state’s Republican leadership and Governor Greg Abbott. “This is not what Texans want, and that’s what I think is so important because, of course, as a Texan I try to explain to people what you are seeing happen here is not because of […]

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Be a lady

This week, I am remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September—and I am remembering one of my favorite RBG quotes. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent,” RBG once said. –Joy

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RBG made the world a better place

This week, let’s remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September, and continue her work to make the world a better place. RBG once said, “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but […]

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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The news is depressing,” I tell my husband. “Too many bad things are happening.” This week, let us remember the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this month. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who helped make the world a better place, once said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a […]

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Don’t worry

My friend says that we should live for today—and not worry too much about tomorrow. Live in the moment. As Charles Schulz said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” –Joy

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The fury of patience

My next-door neighbor Jane and I have agreed. When we get so fed up with this pandemic that we feel like screaming, we will meet in the alley behind our houses and scream. As the poet John Dryden once said, “Beware the fury of a patient man.” Or woman! –Joy

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I am tired of the pandemic. I am tired of Texas’ new voting laws and abortion laws. I am tired of hearing about all of the problems facing this world. I want change. Immediately! That’s how I feel, and that’s why a card from a friend was timely. The card quoted Emerson, who said, “Adopt […]

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Good medicine

I was feeling—as my mother would say—down in the dumps. The delta variant. The new abortion law in Texas—and the new Texas voting laws and gun laws. And, my husband’s ill health. However, I found good medicine. I talked to two good friends on the phone, and then I had lunch the next day with […]

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Three arguments for women

I write in memory of my friend who went to a cheap motel to get an illegal abortion back in the 1970s when abortions were illegal in Florida. I quote from Katha Pollitt’s book Pro—Reclaiming Abortion Rights. Pollitt begins: “In this book, I make many arguments, but let me mention three. First, the concept of […]

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A new church

On September 4, 2021, Edward J. Solon’s letter to the editor was published in the Dallas Morning News. “I believe it is time for the women to Texas to create a church that happens to provide services for women,” Solon wrote. “All the services that are provided to women would be considered religious activities and […]

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