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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Take it easy

“Take it easy—but take it,” Woody Guthrie once said. I found that quote recently when I visited the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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A dirt path

I saw this message on a sign in a gift shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” –Joy

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Malala’s going to Oxford

Malala’s going to be an Oxford scholar. The antiquarian print of an Oxford scholar hanging in my office—purchased years ago when I visited England—shows a male student in a red robe. Malala Yousafza, 20 now, doesn’t fit the stereotype of an Oxford scholar or a Muslim young woman. And, she’s not interested in doing what […]

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Breaking the glass ceiling

Lisa Roe will be the first woman chancellor at the University of North Texas, the university where my daughter teaches. The Dallas Morning News announced on August 17, 2017, “UNT Breaks Glass Ceiling.” Roe, NASA’s acting deputy administrator, has worked on 38 space missions and held numerous executive posts at the space agency. Concluded the […]

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Enough women?

“When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?” a BBC reporter asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently month on National Public Radio. “When there are nine women,” R.B.G. answered, smiling and explaining that for too many years there were nine men on the court.

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Architect, designer and decorator

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was the chief architect and decorator for the Fred Harvey Company from 1902 to 1948. In the Grand Canyon, she created a number of showcases—the Desert View Watchtower, the Bright Angel Lodge and the Lookout Studio. Colter left her mark on the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe when she helped […]

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Love your neighbor

I am deeply disturbed by the hateful words I have been hearing on the news. That’s why I ordered a t-shirt with this message. “Love your neighbor—your black, brown, white, immigrant, disabled, religiously different, LGBTQ, fully human neighbor.” –Joy

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Make up your mind

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once said. I found that quote in a gift shop during my recent trip to Maine. –Joy

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Advice from nature

“Wisdom branches from a tree,” suggests the Your True Nature company, which made my “Advice from a Lobster” t-shirt. And, here’s more advice from Your True Nature. • Inspiration flows from a stream. • The blueberry says: Be well-rounded. • The horse says: Be stable However, I like the advice “Wisdom branches from a tree” […]

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