Applause for strong women

Did you watch Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the United States, do a double-double—two somersaults while simultaneously twisting twice in the air? Did you see her triple-double—flipping twice while twisting three times? Did you notice the wonderful muscles in her strong legs? Let’s applaud women with strong, healthy bodies!

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The fruit of violence?

“”Let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence–but rather, that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it,” writes Ocean Vuong, the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

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Reach back and help someone

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted–folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them,” Michelle Obama once said.

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We’re all in this together

“Here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart,” Michelle Obama once said. “Not here. Because we know that our greatness comes from when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other, because, in this country, it’s never been each person for himself or […]

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Friends and sisters

“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves–a special kind of double,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Thin love

“Love is or it ain’t,” Toni Morrison once said. “Thin love ain’t love at all.” Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Reach back and help someone

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted–folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them,” Michelle Obama once said.

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This terrible strain of forgetting

“Forgetting the past, or refusing to see it, to understand it and to grapple with it, is as sure a path as there is to tearing the present apart,” The Dallas Morning News editorial staff wrote on August 7, 2019. “It seems that today, as we mourn the death of the novelist Toni Morrison, we […]

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The courage to fly

“You wanna fly. You got to give up the shit that weighs you down,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Mistakes

“Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.” That quote is on an embroidered plaque that my niece Alicia made. The message reminds me that I’m not wrong if I learn something from whatever I did. Perfection is not required! –Joy

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