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The one who contributes nothing

Remember the middle-school project? In her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine talks about the middle-school student who doesn’t do his–or it could be “her,” of course–share of the project. Everyone else works hard, but he doesn’t do anything. “And what if he didn’t care at all? What if he depended on us, even [...]

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The Three Ts

Dana Suskind lists the three Ts for interacting with a child in her book Thirty Million Words—tune in, talk more and take turns. I think her three Ts apply to successful interaction with children and adults. Here is Suskind’s brief explanation. “In order for the necessary serve-and-return of conversational interaction to be successful, there has [...]

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Women’s work

Mechtilde of Hackeborn, born in 1240, entered the cloistered world when she was only seven. When she grew older, she taught children at the convent school, chanted the liturgy with the other nuns, helped with daily household tasks, which included spinning and embroidering. She also took care of the sick and helped the doctors with [...]

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A woman mechanic in Iraq

Shadi Mohammed is an extraordinary mechanic in an ordinary garage in Sulaimani, Iraq. “I want to change the perception of society toward women and toward what they think women can do,” Mohammed, a 45-year-old woman, told USA Today in its July 25, 2017, issue. “Show them that women are also capable of running a garage [...]

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Be radical!?

“A radical is a man (or a woman) with both feet firmly planted in the air,” President Franklin Roosevelt once said.

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Let go

You can’t control everything—although I often try to. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” Joseph Campbell once said. –Joy

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A world without sun

“Robbing the world of friendship is like robbing the world of sun,” Cicero said in 44 BCE. I found this quote in the book The Social Sex—A History of Female Friendship by Marilyn Yalom with Theresa Donovan Brown. Of course, Cicero believed only men were capable of friendship—not women! –Joy

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Keep moving

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day,” Gloria Steinem stresses. “A movement is only people moving.” We found that quote in The Week, and the magazine reprinted it from

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In the world

“Most people are on the world, not in it,” John Muir once said.

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This is your world

“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world,” Woody Guthrie once said, “and that, if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs [...]

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