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When birth control was illegal

I think I knew this, but I was astonished to be reminded by Cecile Richards in her new book that birth control was technically illegal in many states until 1965. That’s when the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that people have a constitutional right to “marital privacy.” That’s right. The date was 1965. […]

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A dangerous world

At the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I found this quote: “The world is too dangerous to live in—not because of people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen.” –Albert Einstein –Joy

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Chimpanzees in the wild

In 1900, there were one million chimpanzees in the wild. Today, according to the Jane Goodall Institute, there are “as few as 340,000.” But, Jane Goodall, age 84, still has hope for chimpanzees and for the world. “It’s never too late to turn things around by nurturing the seed of hope,” Goodall told students at […]

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Jane Goodall at 84

Jane Goodall, age 84, spends 300 days a year traveling around the world speaking to people and encouraging them to help save chimpanzees and the environment. “I think how lucky I have been,” she writes in My Life with the Chimpanzees. “I spent years and years doing what I wanted to do most of all—being […]

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A brave woman

It was Dolly Madison, whose husband was president from 1809-1817, who hurriedly left the White House when British soldiers marched into Washington during the War of 1812. However, even though she knew that she had to go quickly, she took the time to pack important government documents and the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington […]

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Working for peace

After Franklin Roosevelt, president during World War II, died, his wife Eleanor was appointed special delegate to the United Nations. “It isn’t enough to talk peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe it. One must work at it,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. Roosevelt is one of the First Ladies featured in […]

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A “man’s field”

Lou Hoover, whose husband was president from 1929-1933, was the first woman to graduate from Stanford with a degree in the “man’s field” of geology. “That we have the right to vote means nothing,” she once said. “That we use it in the right way means everything.” Hoover is one of the First Ladies featured […]

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A woman’s mind

Lucy Hayes, whose husband was president of the United States from 1877-1881, was the first presidential spouse to earn a college degree. She was hailed as a “new woman”—although she didn’t support women’s suffrage. “A woman’s mind is as strong as a man’s…equal in all things, superior in some,” she once said. Hayes is one […]

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Happy Easter!

Happy spring! Happy Easter! “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said.

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Fresh air and sunshine

When we went to the Dallas Arboretum last week with our friends Sally and Charlie, Sally said, “Let’s go again next week.” So, we’re going to the arboretum again today. “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat,” Laura Ingalls Wilder once said. Fresh air and sunshine—and flowers, of course! –Joy

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