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The strong forgive

“The weak can never forgive,” Ghandhi once said. “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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She did the work. He got the prize.

Bell Burnell was a graduate student when she looked through her telescope on a chilly English night in 1967 and discovered pulsars—making one of the most important astronomical finds of the 20th century. Then, in 1974, a Nobel Prize was awarded for her work—but the prize went to her adviser Antony Hewish. Now, decades later, […]

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A new president

Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has been named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. NPR reports that Wen wants to help Planned Parenthood continue providing health care for women. “In the ER, I saw what happens every day when people don’t have access to the basic […]

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Get some more sleep

The American Heart Association estimates that one in seven Americans don’t get enough sleep every night. It recommends seven to nine hours of sleep to decrease “your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and overall cardiovascular disease.” If you need more sleep, Nancy Brown, the AHA’s chief executive […]

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A quiet, but significant gesture

“It is often the quiet gesture that carries the most significance—the one that suddenly directs the symphony,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher.

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The quiet voice of courage

“Courage does not always roar,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher. “Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying: ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

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Nothing is impossible

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day,” Winnie the Pooh says.

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When anger is valuable

The part of anger that tells you “this is wrong and shouldn’t happen again” is always valuable, says Martha Nussbaum, the author of a new book The Monarchy of Fear. However, Nussbaum adds, “To be angry has been an assertion of masculinity. Once you start looking at it, the issue of who’s ‘more emotional’ and […]

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You can’t eat money

Here is a Cree proverb that’s a pointed reminder of why we need to protect the environment. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”

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Conquering fear

My niece Emma, who is working in Namibia, Africa, with the Peace Corps, has visited the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for many years. Her favorite Mandela quote is this one. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Mandela once said. “The brave man is not […]

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