Summer mornings and afternoons

“Summer afternoon,” Henry James once said. “Summer afternoon. To me, the two most beautiful words in the English language.” In Dallas, where it can be 80 degrees at 6 a.m. on an August morning, I like to take an early morning walk when it’s still almost dark. It’s cooler. And, during my walk, I can […]

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What is good, right and just

I am blessed to have friends who are strong, independent women, and this year they gave me birthday presents about other strong, independent women. I received a Ruth Bader Ginsburg mug and two RBG pins, a book of paintings by Emily Carr and a beautiful book of photos of Michelle Obama—Chasing Light by Amanda Lucidon. […]

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Draw deeply from the earth

Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, created stunning paintings of trees, ravens and mountains. “Draw deeply from the good nourishment of the earth but rise into the glory of the light and air and sunshine,” she wrote in her journal. I found that quote in the introduction to Emily Carr Collected. –Joy

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A lone old tree

Emily Carr, born in 1871, captured the grandeur of British Columbia in her paintings. I had never heard of this wonderful artist until my friend Eva sent me the book Emily Carr Collected for my birthday. How wonderful to have good friends who introduce you to new artists and new ideas and new adventures! Carr […]

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Five more years!

The editorial cartoon by Chan Lowe, first published on July 30, 2018, shows Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting in her big Supreme Court chair with a gavel and her nameplate in front of her. Printed at the top of the cartoon: “Three little words that will drive your conservative friends nuts…” And, below, Justice Ginsburg announces: […]

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Great minds think alike

If great minds think alike, then so do good friends. My friend Leslie sent me two Ruth Bader Ginsburg pins for my birthday, and my friend Carolyn send me an RBG mug. The mug sports an illustration of the Supreme Court justice and an RBG quote. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being […]

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My favorite presents

Having birthdays isn’t so bad when you can grow older with lots of good friends. My very good friend Leslie sent me three wonderful presents. One is a pin that shows a small Supreme Court building and the number “9.” Remember when someone asked Ruther Bader Ginsburg, “When will there be enough women on the […]

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The past expands

I am having a major birthday this month. My book club defines a major birthday as one that involves a change in decades. And, I do feel older. I also feel as if I should be grown up by now. But, if I’m grown up, why do old issues and old emotions keep creeping into […]

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Don’t mess with Texas women

I am the proud owner of a poster from the Women’s March in Austin in January 2017. It features a woman’s leg with a red cowgirl boot squashing an elephant and proclaims: “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.” Fortunately, I was able to get two posters at the march—one for me and one for my daughter […]

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Welcoming babies in the Senate

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to allow members to bring their newborns on the chamber floor. Some older male senators were reluctant at first because they feared their colleagues would breastfeed or change diapers in the Senate chamber, Ms. magazine reported in its summer 2018 issue. Because of this rule change, Senator Tammy Duckworth can […]

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