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“We’re done, no more”

Time magazine has named “the silence breakers” its person of the year for 2017. The magazine is referring, of course, to the women who have come forward in droves to accuse powerful men and women of sexual harassment and assault. As actress Alyssa Milano, who has helped promote the #MeToo movement, emphasizes, “As women we […]

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Something to hope for

“Rules for happiness: Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” –Immanuel Kant Joe Biden includes that quote at the beginning of his new book Promise Me, Dad, which is the story of what happened to him and his family during the last year of his son Bo’s life.

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Try 300 kicks

The Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall do 300 kicks during one show. That’s enough to burn 1,000 calories, according to an article in the December 4, 2017, issue of the Dallas Morning News. I’ll keep walking. I am sure that I am not up to even 30 high kicks. But, I am determined […]

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Everything is more complicated

Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume—and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life,” says Dr. Hope Jahren, a geochemist and geobiologist. She spoke at the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32 annual luncheon in October.

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The unsexing of women

Texas Congressman Rufus Handy said that he didn’t “seriously object to women’s suffrage.” Before Texas became the first state in the South to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1919, Handy explained that he feared “the result of unsexing our women….By unsexing, I mean taking away the romance and tenderness—the delicacy and gentleness that makes woman […]

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Suffragettes–childless communists?

Texas became the first state in the South to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1919. “With high hopes and enthusiasm, women stepped forth into a world in which they were citizens at last,” concluded Jane Y. McCallum. McCallum had been particularly effective convincing Texas legislators that women deserved the right to vote. The fact that […]

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The Blue Spring

Hunter-gathers lived under the bluffs near the Blue Spring 10,000 years ago. Many years later, in 1839, Cherokees stopped at the Blue Spring on their trip from Georgia to Oklahoma. Today we call their journey the Trail of Tears. Recently, I visited the Blue Spring, the largest spring in northwest Arkansas. It produces 38 million […]

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Minor problems

It’s a family tradition. When the four of us visit Eureka Springs, we check into our cabin in the afternoon, visit a favorite restaurant—and then stop at the grocery store for supplies. Stopping at the grocery store always takes longer than expected. I pick out the mustard for sandwiches, but Jay puts it back and […]

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A choice

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health,” Voltaire once said.

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Tell me that you love me

“I like not only to be loved but also to be told that I am loved,” George Eliot once wrote. “The realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave.”

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