Illusions

“If we can somehow rid ourselves of illusions. The illusion that we are greater or lesser than we are. The illusion that we’re going to save the world. There are a lot of illusions that people walk around with,” Mr. Rogers once said. It seems as if I keep running into Mr. Rogers wherever I […]

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Every moment

It seems as if I keep running into Mr. Rogers wherever I go. Recently I found him and more lovely quotes in an article by Jeanne Marie Lakas in The New York Times Magazine. “I would love to be present in every moment I have,” Mr. Rogers once said. –Joy

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Reminders of friends and family

On my desk I have a coaster that my friend Ranna gave me. On the bookshelves behind my desk I have an owl that my friend Eva made for me and some of the artwork that my children made years ago. Jeanne Marie Lakas in an article in The New York Times Magazine shares a […]

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Deep peace

I have not felt peaceful recently. The world is not peaceful. I like these words, which I found on a greeting card. They are words from a Gaelic blessing. “Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace to you.” –Joy

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Happy Galantine’s!

Valentine’s Day is for celebrating the special person you love—and also all of the special people you love—family and friends. That’s why I like Galantine’s Day—celebrating women friends. “Friends are the siblings God didn’t give you,”  someone once said. –Joy

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Let our love be loud

“Let our prayers be silent,” says Chett Pritchett. “Let our work be visible. Let our love be loud.” My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, quoted Pritchett in her church’s weekly online newsletter. –Joy

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The standards have shifted

Debra Katz believed Christine Blasey Ford “had challenged outdated social norms and had only been able to do so because the #MeToo movement had given her a window, because standards had already shifted,” Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey write in their book She Said. “Things have qualitatively changed,” Katz said. ”The institutions have not changed. […]

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The beginning of change

On January 16, 2019, 12 women who had been part of the reporting for Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey’s book She Said gathered in Los Angeles. “This is what everyone in the room, and more people beyond it, now understood,” they wrote. “If the story was not shared, nothing would change. Problems that are not […]

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Female-female alliances

When Ashley Judd studied at Harvard, her favorite course was Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, taught by Diane Rosenfield. The class learned about bonobo apes, “who over the course of evolution have eliminated male sexual coercion in their communities. If a male does get aggressive toward a female bonobo, she lets out a special […]

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Think

“Evil comes from a failure to think,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. “It defies thought for as soon as thought tries to engage itself with evil and examine the premises and principles from which it originates, it is frustrated because it finds nothing there. […]

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