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Resist!

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman, who is celebrating his 200th birthday this year. “Resist much, obey little,” Whitman once said. He was a life-long abolitionist and also a proponent of women’s rights.

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth becomes frustrated when men say women need to be helped into carriages and over puddles, but, really, are talking only about white women who lead sheltered lives. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or give me the best place!” she said. “And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look […]

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Tall within

This is my favorite Sojourner Truth quote: “I felt so tall within.” Sojourner Truth was tall—six feet tall, and she also was confident and courageous. She was tall within. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, […]

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A beautiful world

“What a beautiful world this would be, when we should see everything right side up,” Sojourner Truth once said. Truth also said: “Truth is powerful, and it prevails. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she […]

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Life’s light

“I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me,” Sojourner Truth once said. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she dictated her autobiography. She traveled for many years as […]

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Still running at 103

Julia Hawkins is a role model for all of us. At 103, she finished the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque last month. She is the oldest woman to compete on an American track. Hawkins, a retired teacher, also does yard work and cares for 30 bonsai bushes.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Here are the words by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Oysters like honeydew

In Dallas, I dunk an oyster in red sauce before I plop it in my mouth and swallow it. All I taste is the red sauce. In Bellingham, Washington, I ate Stellar Bay oysters, which tasted meaty—and Kumamoto oysters, which tasted like cucumber and salt—and Shigoku oysters, which tasted like honeydew. A new experience! Another […]

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Beware my sting!

“If I be waspish, beware my sting!” That’s a quote from Katharina, a character in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” the play I just saw in Vancouver. It’s also the quote on my new t-shirt. –Joy

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