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I love this quote! “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once said. Books certainly have taken me on lots of adventures and to lots of places. –Joy

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Infinite dignity and worth

“The soul is the piece of us that gives each person infinite dignity and worth,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “Slavery is wrong because it obliterates a soul. Rape is not just an assault on physical molecules; it obliterates another soul. The soul yearns for goodness.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The […]

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We are loving creatures

“The heart is that piece of us that longs for fusion with others,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “We are not primarily thinking creatures; we are primarily loving and desiring creatures. We are defined by what we desire. We become what we love.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The Quest for a […]

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How thick and how deep

“As adults,” says David Brooks in his new book The Second Mountain—The Quest for a Moral Life, “we measure our lives by the quality of our relationships and the quality of our service to those relationships. Life is a qualitative endeavor, not a quantitative one. It’s not how many, but how thick and how deep.”

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Unconditional love

“As a child,” David Brooks concludes in his new book, “each person’s emotional and spiritual foundation is formed by the unconditional love of a caring adult.” I hope you received that unconditional love from your mother. If you did, be grateful. If she is still alive, tell her thank you on Mother’s Day. Brooks’ new […]

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Many mothers

I had one mother, but I have many women who have “mothered” me—women who have nurtured me, supported me, helped me when I needed help. I am going to tell a few of them how much I appreciate them on this Mother’s Day. –Joy

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A deeper question

One of her best friends, Killian Noe, has a question that she has made famous among her friends, writes Melina Gates in her new book The Moment of Lift. The question is: “What do you know now in a deeper sense than you knew it before?” “I love this question,” Gates says, “because it honors […]

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An ardent feminist

“I am an ardent feminist,” writes Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift. “To me, it’s very simple. Being a feminist means believing that every woman should be able to use her voice and pursue her potential.”

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Keep up the fight

“I shall not grow conservative with age.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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