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A complete nuisance

Toni Morrison was married in 1958. Her marriage was not a happy one, most likely because her husband believed a wife should be subservient to her husband. “I was a complete nuisance to mine,” Morrison once said.

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Small things matter

I found this quote in the text about a photograph at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The photograph showed a field of wildflowers. A “tiny nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful,” poet Mary Oliver once said. –Joy

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Listen for the music

“The earth has music for those who listen,” George Santayana once said. I found that quote on a card my friend Leslie sent me. She bought the car at the Corn Shop in Bridgton, Maine. –Joy

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Sustained outrage

“What you need is sustained outrage, there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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One long struggle

“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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Be outrageous

“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it,” Molly Ivins once said. “Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.” I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and […]

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Where are you from?

I heard part of George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” on NPR on August 19: I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush, the Dutch elm whose long gone limbs I remember as […]

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Speak up

“One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history,” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in 1962, shortly before her death. “It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves.”

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The thing about books

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet,” the author Jhumpa Lahiri once said. This year, I have experienced a number of good trips—by car and by plane—and from reading some good books. –Joy

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A full life

“Woodstock has never seen a violin or a fire truck or a candy store,” Snoopy once said. “He’s never heard an opera or a symphony. He’s never seen a movie or a play. On the other hand, he’s seen the sky, the clouds, the ground, the sun, the rain, the moon, the stars, a cat […]

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